Pearls can’t keep up with Dawson in 2A girls soccer quarterfinals

Staff Report

LAFAYETTE — Colorado Rocky Mountain School girls soccer coach AO Forbes called the steady downpour the Pearls played in on Friday “biblical rain.”

Dawson School, on the other hand, made sure there were no miracles in store for CRMS.

While playing on a field that had standing water and poor footing because of the rainstorm that moved over the Front Range, the Mustangs scored two first-half goals and poured on two more in the second half. It washed away the Pearls’ chances at winning a state title, with Dawson prevailing 4-0 in the quarterfinal round of the Class 2A state playoffs.

“They had a very solid team,” Forbes said of Dawson, which advanced into the semifinal round of the tournament to play at Front Range Christian on May 13.

Hannah Isenhart put the Mustangs (10-6-0) ahead to stay with her unassisted goal in the 20th minute.

Then after a CRMS handball, Dawson’s Morgan Powers punched a penalty kick past Pearls goalie Serena Blake in the 33rd minute for a 2-0 halftime lead.

Powers’ pass to Sophie Brussell in the 60th minute following some missed chances by CRMS put the Mustangs in control with a 3-0 lead. Then, five minutes later, Brussell tacked on an unassisted goal to give Dawson the final goal of the game.

Nicole Towner finished with three saves for Dawson in her team’s victory. Blake, who received high praise from Forbes after the game, finished with a game-high eight saves.

The Pearls’ season ended with a 7-5-1 record, with the win total more than doubling the three-win campaign CRMS posted last season.

“Sure, the girls would have liked to have the season end on a better note,” Forbes said. But other than that, this season has been incredible. Almost perfect.”

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