PARKER — It's rare that you see the Broomfield Eagles on their heels.
On Thursday afternoon at Sports Authority Stadium, coach Jim Davidson's side looked a little out of sorts in the second half with their 2-0 advantage on Heritage.
They needed a calming influence and they got it from their senior captain, Porter Milner.
"We were under it," Davidson said. "Porter got the game settled a little bit and thankfully Justin (Hamm) got on the winning end of that set piece.
"We survived it there because for about 30 minutes we struggled in the second half."
Second-seeded Broomfield will head back to Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday for a chance to defend their Class 5A crown after beating Heritage 3-1. In the final, scheduled to start at approximately 3:30, Broomfield will get 28th-seeded Mountain Vista. The Golden Eagles stunned No. 1 Fairview 1-0 with a late goal from Brent Lackey.
"I'm really excited to go back," Milner said. "We get the home locker room this time."
Broomfield (17-2), which had beat Heritage 1-0 in overtime during the regular season, had the run of the play in their final third for a majority of the first half and it finally paid off in the 20th minute.
Milner's attempt on goal took a few deflections, forced Heritage keeper Jack Schulze to move the wrong way and eventually trickled in to just inside the near post for the opening goal.
Just five minutes later, Armando Ocampo picked the pocket of Heritage defender and created a 1-on-1 chance with Schulze and didn't miss.
The ever dangerous 2-0 lead seemed to spark Heritage after halftime and the visiting Eagles had Broomfield on their heels.
"We just gave up the ball and didn't keep the ball and that is what we do well," Davidson said. "It wasn't that we were under a whole lot of pressure, we just weren't good.
"Maybe it was starting to creep in that we had a chance to be back in the final and I just don't think we dealt with it very well."
Heritage, the No. 6 seed that finishes the season 13-6, made things very interesting in the 57th minute when senior Will Greenway ripped a shot just outside the box that beat goalie Michael Genge.
"We could have played out of it but we just weren't there physically," Milner said. "They did a good job of keeping us in, but we just kind of sat in and parked the bus for a minute, but we got out of it and Hammy had a great goal on the corner."
Just like he did in the first match with Heritage, Justin Hamm finished off a Milner corner in the 74th minute to restore order and punch Broomfield's ticket back to the finals.
"Mountain Vista is obviously upstart and Theresa (Echtermeyer) did a fantastic job of preparing her kids for that semifinal. What a win," said Davidson, who has never gone back-to-back in his illustrious career at Broomfield. "It's going to be close and it's going to be on, on Saturday.
"I'm really pleased for these seniors. It's one of the closest knit group of seniors that I have worked with. They are all friends of mine and most of them have been with me since they were freshmen so it is really important that we do well on Saturday."
Broomfield 3, Heritage 1
At Sports Authority StadiumHeritage (13-6) 0 1 — 1
Broomfield (17-2) 2 1 — 3
Goals (assists) — Broomfield: Porter Milner (unassisted), 20th minute; Broomfield: Armando Ocampo (unassisted), 25th; Heritage: Will Greenway (unassisted), 57th; Justin Hamm (Milner), 74th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Heritage: Jack Schulze (80-3-3); Broomfield: Michael Genge (80-1-5).