BROOMFIELD — September 8 seems like an eternity ago.
On that warm evening, Broomfield played host to Heritage in each team's third match of the season. Broomfield won 1-0 in overtime on Justin Hamm's header off of a Porter Milner corner ... and all of that means nothing now.
"I think the good thing about our previous match against Heritage is that it was so early in the season that there has been enough distance between the two games and I think both teams have grown and matured," Broomfield coach Jim Davidson said. "We are definitely aware that it is going to be a tight well-played game. That is a team we went 0-0 with last year and then 1-0 in overtime this year, so we expect it to be really tight and a tough match."
Broomfield and Heritage — both teams are the Eagles — will lock talons again on Wednesday night at Sports Authority Field in Parker with a trip to Dick's Sporting Goods Park and the Class 5A championship game on the line.
"That game was so early that it is hard to read too much into it. I think both teams have certainly grown and (Heritage coach) Adam (Buseck) does a good job of organizing his defense and the interesting thing about Heritage is that they are more well-rounded than they have been in years past," said Davidson, whose team controlled a majority of the possession in Game No. 1. "I think that they have a good balance between what they do in attack and what they do defensively. We are going to have to be aware of both ends of the ball in order to get a result in this game."
Second-seeded Broomfield (16-2) heads to Parker with a load of confidence after Saturday's thrashing of a talented Cherry Creek team 5-0.
It was the kind of performance that the Eagles knew they were capable of and have been waiting a while to put together. The scary thing about it is that they believe that they have even better soccer still left in them
"I hope so. We talked on Friday in our last training before the Cherry Creek match that we haven't quite realized our potential yet this season and there is still better soccer to be played. We really haven't separated against a really good team yet and even in the games we have won, it has always been a challenge and that results was really refreshing and the guys really embraced that," Davidson said. "We took our attacking play to a whole different level on Saturday and obviously we finished incredibly well and we were more opportunistic than we've been all season. Hopefully that speaks well for us going into the game."
The Eagles can obviously play the experience card. In this same position a year ago Broomfield beat Fairview in an epic semifinal match at Aurora's Legacy Stadium before going on to beat Boulder in the title game.
"In 5A there is just so much parity. We lost to a team (Monarch) at the end of the season that was really hot that went out in the first round and we lost to a team (Mountain Range) early in the season that didn't even qualify for the playoffs," Davidson continued. "I just think that on any given night you can win or any team can beat you ."