Girls soccer: Dawson downs Denver Christian to remain undefeated

Lauren Muniz, Degen Miller each score four goals in win

The good times kept rolling for the 2A second-ranked Dawson School girls soccer team which cruised past the third-ranked Denver Christian Thunder 9-0 on Tuesday.

Both freshman Lauren Muniz and senior Degen Miller scored four goals on their home pitch to keep the Mustangs undefeated at 9-0. Denver Christian, which lost to Dawson in the 2018 state title game but got revenge in the 2019 rematch, suffered its first loss of the season.

Dawson coach Dave Criswell said the matchup was eagerly awaited considering their recent playoff history.

“They were motivated,” Criswell said. “I think that 2019 result was probably in the back of their minds today.”

Miller, a University of Virginia commit, was on that state runner-up team and has continued to improve despite a 2020 season without games. Her impressive output on Tuesday marked the fifth time this season she scored four or more goals.

Although Muniz and Miller may be on opposite ends of their high school careers, the chemistry was apparent early and often. Just over five minutes into the contest, Miller found Muniz who headed in Dawson’s first goal.

The duo produced Muniz’s third goal at the 15:58 mark of the first half to extend Dawson’s lead to 3-0. Criswell said that Muniz’s intelligence and Miller’s technical skills have formed strong chemistry.

“Her (Miller) cross passes are amazing,” said Muniz, whose four goals tied a career-high. “She always seems to know right where I am.”

Just 44 seconds later, Miller punched in her first of three goals in the next 12 minutes.

Criswell had high praises for Miller and Dawson’s five seniors who all played in their final regular season home game. He said they worked hard without a season last spring and that effort is finally paying off in 2021.

“This senior crew is fantastic,” Criswell said. “We’ve got good chemistry already, but it went to another level especially this season.”

Junior Helen Leon iced the cake by scoring her eighth goal of the season with time dwindling in the second half.

All nine of Dawson’s wins have come via the shutout and the Mustangs have now outscored their opponents 94-0. The win also secured a first place finish in the 2A Mile High West League.

Dawson will have one final tune-up before the eight-team 2A state playoffs begin June 19. The Mustangs will challenge the 4A top-ranked 8-0 Northridge Grizzlies in Greeley on Thursday at 5 p.m.

“We watched some tape of theirs and it’s going to be a challenging game,” Criswell said. “It will be good for them.”