Girls soccer: Third time is not a championship charm for Dawson

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    Dawson School's Kate Gallop, left, Alex Dunbar and Cassidy Donohue console each other after the Mustangs fell to Denver Christian in the 2A state championship game at Dick's Sporting Goods Park Tuesday. Go to for more photos.

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    Dawson School's Hannah Isenhart, left, is congratulated on a goal by teammate Cameron Epstein during the 2A state championship Tuesday at Dick's Sporing Goods Park. Go to for more photos.

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    Dawson School's Cassidy Donohue moves the ball upfield during the 2A state championship game Tuesday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Go to for more photos.

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    Denver Christian's Miranda Kortenhoeven heads the ball over Cai Cramer during the 2A state championship game against Alexander Dawson Tuesday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. Go to for more photos.



COMMERCE CITY — All Hannah Isenhart could do was sit an watch from the bench as her Dawson Mustangs career came to a disappointing close at Dick’s Sporting Good Park.

The senior, who finished with 87 career goals, was pivotal in helping Dawson to the last three Class 2A state title games and wanted nothing more then to close out the prep portion of her playing days with a victory over Denver Christian.

But after a Cameron Epstein goal in the 79th minute drew the Mustangs to within 4-3 of the Thunder, it was moments later that Isenhart — with her team pushing for an equalizer — was tackled hard in the finishing third and had to be carried off and never returned.

“It was very painful to sit and watch,” said Isenhart, shortly after she was handed her third straight runners-up trophy following a 4-3 defeat.

Dawson, which will graduate just three seniors, finished 13-4. The Thunder, who won their first state title since a 2004 3A title, finish 16-2.

Early on, the match was trending the same way last years title match against Vail Mountain went — a lopsided 7-0 setback.

Denver Christian was up 2-0 in the first 10 minutes on goals from Sidney Beijer and a penalty kick goal that was awarded after Cassidy Donohue fouled Kara Amidon in the box allowing Miranda Kortenhoeven to finish the PK.

What the Mustangs needed was a goal against the run of play and they got just two minutes later.

Epstein’s initial shot was pushed away by Thunder keeper Rayne Rodgers, but it went right to Kaitlyn Day, who finished into the empty net.

“It’s a good group and a young group and they all played hard,” Dawson coach John Siegrist said. “I think they always know they are in a game and we played some tough teams, but we have some girls that will go an lay it on the line.”

Denver Christian would extend it back to a two goal game four minutes later, when Dawson keeper Kate Gallop hesitated just enough to allow Amidon to win a one-on-one chance and score the first of her two goals.

But again, Dawson responded.

Isenhart took it upon herself and after shaking several defenders, let go with a lengthy shot that beat Rodger just inside her near post.

“(Last year) motivated us, because it was absolutely horrible and there was no way we were going to allow doubt to creep in,” said Isenhart, who will play at Division III Tufts University next season. “We did not want to relive that.”

The Mustangs darn near found their equalizer in the 38th minute, when Sage Roshko’s cross was right on the money to Epstein on the far post, but the sophomore didn’t get as much on it as she wanted and it was saved by Rodgers.

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At Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

Dawson School (13-4)21—3Denver Christian (16-2)31—4

Goals (assists) — Denver Christian: Sidney Beijer (unassisted), 3rd minute; Miranda Kortenhoeven (PK), 10th; Dawson School: Kaitlyn Day (Cameron Epstein), 12th; Denver Christian: Kara Amidon (unassisted), 16th; Dawson School: Hannah Isenhart (unassisted), 32nd; Denver Christian: Amidon (unassisted), 68th; Dawson School: Epstein (unassisted), 71st.