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Girls soccer: Dawson’s Degen Miller win Gatorade player of the year

University of Virginia led the state with 43 goals and 16 assists

LAFAYETTE, CO - June 19, 2021: ...
Dawson’s Degen Miller prepares to drive the ball down the field against Front Range Christian. Dawson girls soccer hosted the first round (quarterfinals) of the Class 2A state tournament.(Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

Dawson senior Degen Miller, fresh off completing one of the most dominant showcases seen in a high school soccer season, was named the Gatorade Colorado girls soccer player of the year Wednesday.

The University of Virginia commit scored 43 goals and 16 assists as she fueled the Mustangs to their second Class 2A title in three seasons. She capped her career with four goals and two helpers as part of the highest scoring title game in state history, a 15-4 win over Telluride.

“She’s definitely a special player who is ranked right up there as one of the top players to come through Dawson,” coach David Criswell said. “Her impact, not just on the program, but we talk about building a long-term culture, and she is one of those contributors who did as much for the culture as she did on the field.”

During her player of the year campaign, Miller’s production was next-level.

Her 102 points was 17 more than the next high school player in Colorado. She scored three or more goals in 10 games, and four or more in eight, as Dawson (12-1) hammered 2A and 3A opponents by a combined margin of 129-9.

The Mustangs’ lone loss of the season came against Northridge, which was the No. 1 ranked team in the 4A postseason before it was upended during Holy Family’s march to its first-ever title in girls soccer.

In 33 career games, Miller tallied 99 goals and 40 assists.

Her most recent accolade follows in the footsteps of former Dawson standout Olivia Wagner, who won the award in 2009. Other recent local Gatorade player of the year honorees include Hailey Stodden (2017-18) and Mallory Mooney (2019-20), who won while at Broomfield.