BROOMFIELD — Mother Nature provided a steady rain Wednesday evening at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium, but it was the defending champion Broomfield Eagles who brought a deluge to the pitch — a deluge of goals.
Broomfield scored three goals in a six minute span midway through the first half as the second-seeded Eagles rolled to a 3-0 victory over No. 18 Ralston Valley in a Class 5A second round playoff game.
"It was good to get to halftime 3-0, that's that critical score," Broomfield coach Jim Davidson said. "If it was two with the wet field, if something funny happens or they make a good change, that could change things. But I thought our guys did well."
Daulton Logan started the downpour in the 18th minute, tracking down a Porter Milner corner kick in the middle of a pack of players and pushing it into the net.
Four minutes later, a Milner somersault throw-in went deep in the box and was initially cleared into open space by the Ralston Valley defense. But that space didn't remain open for long as Luke Oberto rushed in and slid a shot inside the right post for a 2-0 lead.
"Porter had been getting good balls in all day, so he hit one and it went over everyone," Oberto said. "The defender just touched it and put it on the ground, and I just came in late and finished it with my right foot."
Broomfield would add to that cushion two minutes later as the Eagles used a nifty bit of teamwork to notch another goal. Connor Barber worked the ball up the left side of the field before passing the ball off to Armando Ocampo in the middle of the box. Ocampo quickly pushed the ball to his right to a streaking Sawyer Giles, who hammered a shot off a defender and into the goal for the 3-0 lead.
The Mustangs were able to maintain stretches of possession in the offensive end of the field but it they were generally unproductive. Broomfield used a swarming defense to smother Ralston Valley's attack.
Despite earning several corner kicks in the early part of the contest, the Mustangs really only had one good scoring chance, a rocket off the leg of Tyler Lamirato that Eagles' keeper Michael Genge made a great diving stop on.
Genge finished with six saves as Ralston Valley never really threatened in the second half.
"Our back four in front of Michael did well, they were organized," Davidson said. "I thought Michael had a really good game. I thought he played the keeper position in a really cerebral way."
Broomfield 3, Ralston Valley 0
At Elizabeth Kennedy StadiumRalston Valley 0 0 — 0
Broomfield 3 0 — 0
Goals (assists) — Broomfield: Daulton Logan (Porter Milner) 18th minute; Luke Oberto (Milner) 22nd minute; Sawyer Giles (Armando Ocampo) 24th minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Ralston Valley: Daniel Black (18-1-0), Jared Peterson (62-2-4); Broomfield: Michael Genge (70-0-6), Jose Ogaz (10-0-0).
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