BROOMFIELD — Heated?
It was everything a cross-town rivalry should be. And in the first Front Range League match between CHSAANow.com's No. 5 Broomfield and Legacy, it was more than just about bragging rights. Keeping their respective league title hopes in front on them was also on the line.
In a match that featured four yellow cards, including one to Broomfield coach Jim Davidson, it was Broomfield that eventually earned a 2-1 victory at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium to improve to 5-1-1 overall and 3-0 in the league.
"It gives us momentum and now the games really start to stack up against really good competition," Davidson said. "Starting with Fairview and on to Legacy, two really good teams and then we go to Fossil (Ridge) on Saturday.
"It doesn't get any easier with Boulder next week and hopefully we can go into next week with a little momentum if we can get a result on Saturday."
The Eagles jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute on Cody Ewing's rebound goal that came after Riley Shea's shot hit the pipes behind Lightning keeper Dwight Drieth.
Legacy (6-2 overall, 2-2 FRL) had spurts of offensive creation throughout the match, but never created a quality chance until they got one on a set piece in the 59th minute.
Senior captain Jonah Cavender lined up a direct free kick 35 yards out and sent it into the box where fellow captain Adam Leash went up high and was able to finish past Broomfield goalie Michael Genge, who Davidson argued was taken out on the play and the goal should not have counted.
"I'm proud of my boys, they fought and got a goal back and that shows a lot of character," said Legacy coach Tony Romano, who points to three pillars of success in his team's drastic turnaround from a 3-10-1 team in 2013.
"Be positive, work hard and support each other and those sort of things have to go into it. If we put those before we put the technique and the tactics, those are critical for us and have made a difference this year."
Broomfield had one last push in them over the final quarter of the match, and appeared to take the lead in 68th minute when Tyler Duggan camped out on the back post and tucked a ball home. But his goal was disallowed for a push in the box.
Two minutes later, the Eagles found their winner. Joe Weiss created some space for himself at the top of the box and rifled a hard right shot that Drieth got his hands on but couldn't control. Armando Ocampo was Johnny-on-the-spot and finished into the open goal.
"That was insane, Legacy is definitely a good team and that is a big win for us," said Ocampo, who also gave credit to the Broomfield student section that showed up in force. "I've had opportunities the whole season and I finally got one. Joe did a great job of setting it right on the line and all I had to do was touch it in."
For Romano, who deemed Broomfield the best opponent the Lightning had seen all season, there is no such thing as a moral victory, but this was pretty close.
"I think the moral victory for my team is knowing that some of their other wins, I don't think they feel were huge accomplishments," Romano said. "Our games have gotten harder and harder the last couple of weeks — Fort Collins and Poudre — and we've still been able to win. Broomfield is one of the top team in the state and we know we can play with a truly strong team and see it to the end."
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Broomfield 2, Legacy 1
Legacy (6-2, 2-2) 0 1 — 1
Broomfield (5-1-1, 3-0) 1 1 — 2
Goals (assists) — Broomfield: Cody Ewing (unassisted), 17th minute; Legacy: Adam Leash (Jonah Cavender), 59th; Broomfield: Armando Ocampo (Joe Weiss), 70th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Legacy: Dwight Drieth (80-2-4); Broomfield: Michael Genge (80-1-5).