GUNNISON — Trailing just 2-0 at halftime of Wednesday’s Class 2A boys soccer semifinal against Crested Butte, the Dawson Mustangs surely felt like they could strike back with efficiency after a run of chances in the first 40 minutes of play.
Instead, the Titans managed to turn the screws on the visitors — who were without scoring threat Nick Knobel — to secure a 6-0 victory and a place in the Class 2A state championship in Colorado Springs on Saturday.
Dawson ended the season 6-3-1.
Entering the contest with a five-game unbeaten streak and having outscored opponents 20-4 over that stretch, No. 3 seed Dawson still found it difficult against No. 2 Crested Butte, a team that had allowed but three goals all season long while forging a 8-1-2 mark. The team ran its shutout streak to seven straight games.
“We tried some adjustments for the (second) half which helped early on,” head coach Dave Criswell said. “But I think the altitude, some injuries to key players including one of our top players/scorers, Nick Knobel, and the high quality opponent was too much for us on the day.”
Saturday’s 2A championship will take place at 9 a.m. at the Switchbacks Weidner Field in downtown Colorado Springs.