BROOMFIELD -- There's obviously a lot to be said for footwork in soccer, but throwing ability is sometimes underrated.
Senior co-captain Jacob Bellendir's talent for long throw-ins set up Broomfield's first two goals Saturday as the No. 2 seed advanced to the quarterfinals of the 4A state playoffs.
Juniors Connor Metzger and Thomas Adelmann scored two goals apiece as the Eagles cruised to a 4-0 win over 15th-seeded Denver North in a second-round game at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium.
Bellendir assisted on the first two goals thanks to 30-yard throw-ins, which led to scores by Metzger in the first half and Adelmann in the second. Bellendir starts running from the other side of the track surrounding the field, then launches the ball in his last step before reaching the sideline. And in the cases of both of the first two goals, the senior's toss came down in the ideal area -- the 6-yard box.
"We're starting to focus on (long throw-ins deep in the offensive end) more in the playoffs because games can be tight and it's just a good outlet to get some goals," Bellendir said. "A lot of the other teams don't do it, so it gives us another advantage. Today it worked out well."
Said Eagles coach Jim Davidson: "Jacob gives us a nice chance every time he throws those balls in there. We've scored at least a handful of goals that have directly resulted from Jacob putting a team under pressure like that."
Saturday's victory puts Broomfield in the state quarterfinals for the 16th time in Davidson's 16 seasons as head coach. The Eagles (13-1-3) will host Northern League rival Niwot, the seventh seed, in the round of eight on Thursday evening. Broomfield defeated Niwot 4-0 in the regular season.
After sweating out a first-round game against Summit that went to overtime, Broomfield was all-around solid on Saturday.
Defensively, the Eagles posted their eighth shutout of the season. And that was despite their No. 1 goalkeeper, freshman Michael Genge, being out for the remainder of the season after breaking his arm in Thursday's victory over Summit.
In his first start of the season, sophomore Logan Muir made seven saves in blanking the Vikings.
"Logan is our guy and he did great today," Davidson said. "He played sparingly (during the season), some minutes here and there in games. But today was his first start of the season, and his first 80-minute match. It was the first shutout for him, too, so that was great."
The closest Denver North came to scoring was with just under two minutes left before halftime when a shot from the right sideline by Miguel Cabrerra bounced off the crossbar.
It took a little while against a very physical Denver North team, but Broomfield got on the scoreboard in the 18th minute. Bellendir looped his long throw-in from the right sideline into the goal mouth, where Metzger headed the ball past the keeper. That gave Metzger the Eagles' first three goals of the 2012 playoffs, including the one in overtime on Thursday that lifted Broomfield past Summit.
About 16 minutes into the second half, the Eagles gave themselves a cushion when Bellendir's throw-in led to a loose ball just in front of the goal, and Adelmann poked it in to make the score 2-0.
That opened the floodgates for Broomfield, which scored a total of three times in a span of 3:19 to put the game away. Noah Chapleski and Clay Fiscus set up goals 3 and 4, respectively.
"I think if we play like that, we can win and move forward, one game after another," said Adelmann, who had his first two-goal game.
All in all, it was an impressive display for the Eagles, who are undefeated in their last 11 games.
"I thought we were very good for 80 minutes today," Davidson said. "We struggled a bit in the first-round match, but we responded really well today. I thought we played really, really attractive soccer.
"If we play like we did today I think we can go deep (in the playoffs) and make a real run at it."
Broomfield 4, Denver North 0
At Broomfield HS
Denver North (11-5-1) 0 0 -- 0
Broomfield (13-1-3) 1 3 -- 4
Goals (assists) -- Broomfield: Connor Metzger (Jacob Bellendir assist), 18th minute; Thomas Adelmann (Bellendir assist), 56th minute; Adelmann (Noah Chapleski assist), 58th minute; Metzger (Clay Fiscus assist), 60th minute.
Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) -- Denver North: Jorge Vega 80-4-11; Broomfield: Logan Muir 80-0-7.