BROOMFIELD -- Having struggled throughout the night to finish scoring opportunities near their opponents' goal, the Broomfield Eagles were in desperate need of game-breaking play to overcome the 1-1 tie they faced in overtime on Thursday night.
Luckily for the Eagles, their biggest playmaker came to the rescue.
Junior Connor Metzger streaked down the left side of the field past a pair of defenders and beat Summit's keeper to the near post in the 93rd minute to give BHS a 2-1 victory in the first round of the Class 4A state soccer playoffs.
"I thought I took too heavy of a touch, but I guess the goalie didn't come out quick enough and I just poked it right under him," Metzger said. "Greatest feeling."
The second-seeded Eagles (12-1-3) looked to be in trouble early on in the match, as they were unable to capitalize on a number of attempts at goal inside the 18-yard box. Sophomore Noah Chapleski had the best look in the 33rd minute after beating a defender and finding himself one-on-one with the keeper from 15 yards out. But his shot glanced off the right post and out of bounds.
No. 31 Summit (11-5) eventually capitalized on Broomfield's missed opportunities early in the second half when senior Peter Grotemeyer booted in a rebound to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
Facing the possibility of ending their postseason run just as it had begun, the Eagles turned up their intensity and increased the pressure on the Tigers, refusing to allow Summit to advance the ball downfield. Their tenacity finally paid off in the 52nd minute, when Metzger was able to corral a loose ball off a Chapleski free kick from 50 yards out and knock in the equalizer.
"I was a little scared (after Summit's goal), but we just pulled through and rallied for our seniors," said Metzger, who now has 19 goals on the year to lead his team. "We didn't want to lose here at home."
Summit, which was awarded the 31st seed in the tournament despite finishing second in its league, came roaring out of the gates with high hopes of making a statement to the selection committee and the rest of the state. And despite the final result, the Tigers seemed pleased that they let it be known that they were no pushover.
"I thought my boys played fantastic," Summit head coach Tommy Gogolan said. "We decided we were going to ignore the (seed) and come out with a chip on our shoulder. And we were close."
Broomfield head coach Jim Davidson knew the talent of the opponent his squad was facing and agreed that the Tigers may have been given a raw deal.
"They play much better than a 31 and I think the seeding process did them a huge disservice," he said. "I thought they could have come out a 14 or 15. We knew this was going to be a really tough game for us and they deserve a lot of credit."
The Eagles will have little time to recover as they host their second-round opponent, Denver North, on Saturday. The 15th-seeded Vikings defeated Mitchell 1-0 on Thursday.
Broomfield 2, Summit 1
At Broomfield H.S.
Summit (11-5, 10-2) 0 1 0 -- 1
Broomfield (12-1-3, 7-0-1) 0 1 1 -- 2
Goals (assists) -- Summit: Peter Grotemeyer, 44th minute. Broomfield: Connor Metzger, 52nd minute; Metzger, 93rd minute.Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) -- Summit: Noah Glasco (91-2-10), Eric Gamboa (2-0-1). Broomfield: Michael Genge (55-1-5), Logan Muir (38-0-1).