BROOMFIELD — Give Hailey Stodden an inch and she'll take a mile.
The Broomfield junior started preparing mentally last week for what the final week of the regular season was going to mean for her squad.
Not even in her wildest dreams could she have imagined how the last three days have unfolded. After an emotional 2-1 win on Tuesday at Fort Collins, where the Eagles lost their heart-and-soul player Jordan Goodwin to a season-ending MCL tear, Broomfield bounced back with a stirring 4-2 victory over rival Legacy behind four goals from Stodden.
"I was amped for this because this just meant so much more for our team" said Stodden, whose team will head to Fort Collins on Friday needing a win or a tie against Fossil Ridge to wrap up the Front Range League title.
"We are hurt without J(ordan), but we are all motivated to play for her because she brings so much energy to the field. We have to work twice as hard for her, because we are going to be missing that."
What makes the last two victories even more impressive is the fact they came on the heels of two losses — Cherry Creek (whom they out-shot 30-4) and Rocky Mountain — in the last ten days, where despite the effort, they should of had a result.
"Soccer can be cruel sometimes," said Broomfield coach Jim Davidson, whose team improved to 12-2 overall and 10-1 in the FRL. "Our response since the Rocky Mountain game has been tremendous; and when you lose a D-I bound player it's hard to respond and I think our girls really stepped up in her absence."
Stodden opened the scoring in the seventh minute, when she carved up her defender in the box and let loose with a big left foot that beat Makenna Gottschalk.
Legacy's Gracie Armstrong had an answer in the 22nd. In much the same fashion, she was able to break down her defender enough to create just enough space for her lethal left-foot and beat Grace Fuller.
Stodden and Armstrong would trade goals in the first 20 minutes of the second half to set up a brilliant ending.
Stodden would claim the game-winner in the 73rd; making Legacy pay for a missed step that opened the door for her.
"I was looking to see if I could make a cross, but I realized it wasn't going to work out," said Stodden, who would complete the hat trick in the 76th, "So I saw her hips and I took it out wide and used my left to finish far post."
Said Davidson, of the final 10 minutes: "Maybe that is the theme of the night is response. To go finish off the game when things get hard and momentum is on their side, I think our girls had a great mentality."
It wasn't exactly what Legacy coach Luke Meadows, whose team had been playing at a very high level for the past few weeks, expected. But he knows what his team is capable of and will regroup and have them ready for the start of the postseason next week.
"Obviously we didn't want the loss, but coming out of this could be one of the best things for us," said Meadows, whose team finishes the regular season 13-2 overall and 10-2 in the FRL. "A state championship caliber preview with a chip on our shoulder, going against what I would believe to be the best team in Colorado.
"If we have a chip on our should against a team like that, imagine what the setting would be in the playoffs."
BROOMFIELD 4, LEGACY 2
At BroomfieldLegacy (13-2, 10-2) 1 1—2
Broomfield (12-2, 10-1) 1 3—4
Goals (assists) — Broomfield: Hailey Stodden (unassisted), 7th minute; Legacy: Gracie Armstrong (unassisted), 22nd; Broomfield: Stodden (unassisted), 48th; Legacy: Armstrong (Randi Heaton), 60th; Broomfield: Stodden (unassisted), 73rd; Stodden (unassisted), 78th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Legacy: Makenna Gottschalk (40-1-1); Halle Mackiewicz (40-3-4); Broomfield: Grace Fuller (80-2-6).