Dawson 6, The Vanguard School 1
Having compacted its entire eight-game schedule into a 19-day mud run, the Dawson soccer team certainly found some joy in having a week to prepare for its first Class 2A postseason game. The rested Mustangs then showed all the necessary energy on Saturday at home, dispatching The Vanguard School in a lopsided affair in which Dawson led 4-0 at half.
Sam Freedman had a penalty kick goal among his pair of scores, Nick Knobel scored one of his three goals on a free kick from distance, and the Mustangs were in cruise control throughout to advance to the semifinals on Wednesday.
Johannes Wiegand also scored, and Jonas Ricke had the magic touch with three assists in Saturday’s game.
The Mustangs, the No. 3 seed in the eight-team 2A field, will travel to take on No. 2 seed Crested Butte in the semis. Crested Butte beat Heritage Christian, 8-0, on Saturday.
Niwot 2, Regis Groff 1
At least one portion of the Class 4A seeding held true, as No. 3 Niwot and No. 2 Windsor both eliminated their respective quarterfinals opponents to set up a Wednesday matchup at the neutral Legacy Stadium in Aurora. For the Cougars, it was Ismael Dominguez delivering the winner with just 58 seconds to spare in regulation, following up on a Regis Groff goal to tie it 1-1 with about 27 minutes to go. After a scoreless first half, Jacob Elston got Niwot on the board and Dominguez made sure NHS defended its home turf while improving to 11-2 on the season.
Windsor 3, Erie 1
Erie went down with a fight in the Class 4A quarterfinals against the undefeated Wizards, getting a goal from Evan Hutson in the second half to put some pressure on No. 2 WHS before eventually falling. Tigers goalies Trey Hollis and Gavin Stanesa combined for 12 saves to keep the game within reach, and the Tigers finished 10-2 on the season.
Fairview 1, Castle View 1 (FHS wins on PKs)
Fairview, the No. 2 seed in 5A, needed penalty kicks to eliminate a tough Castle View team on Saturday night at the FHS field. The Knights have not had it easy at all in these playoffs, but they improved to 11-0-1 regardless and find themselves in the semifinals on Wednesday at Englewood High School.
No scoring information was immediately available at press time, but the Knights were trailing 1-0 in the second half before rallying for a tying marker.