BROOMFIELD — Broomfield coach Jim Davidson had a pretty good idea what he had when Porter Milner walked out to his first practice at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium four years ago.
"I knew that he was going to come in and do exceptionally well," Davidson said. "Even at that age, he was the most tactical player in our program."
Four years later, Milner will walk away from Broomfield with an impressive dossier of accomplishment. A two-time Class 5A state champion, an All-American selection and the 2015 BoCoPreps.com Player of the Year.
"It's crazy to think about it. When I came in as a freshman, looking up to all the seniors," said Milner, who will continue his career at Regis University. "I wanted nothing more than to get a championship for those guys and now to walk away with two, it's amazing."
Milner was the key to the Eagles sports car — he made them go. A midfielder with unbelievable vision and the keen ability to make every player on the pitch better.
His signature game in a Broomfield jersey may very well have come at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, but it wasn't this season.
In the 2014 title game against Boulder, Milner placed his stamp on the game, one that the Eagles went on to win 2-0.
"That was maybe the best game I have ever seen him play. He was so good on that night and (Boulder) had Quinn Liebmann, who was the All-American that year, but I thought Porter was the outstanding player of the night," said Davidson, who was just named the national coach of the year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. "Both goals went through him that night and I think he took our program to another level."
At first glance, Milner is not a dominating physical specimen, but there is a bounty of athletic ability packed into his body. His signature flip throw, which led to the Eagles' second goal against Boulder last year, is as big a weapon as they have.
Even more daunting on the field is his cerebral approach to the game. It's was a weapon that no other player in the state could match.
"He has an incredible intellectual approach to the position and one thing that is really interesting about Porter is that he this uncanny ability to let the game come to him," Davidson continued. "He is outstanding at getting others into the game and that is a trait that truly sets him apart."
Milner took up the game almost as quickly as he could walk and is a product of the Broomfield rec program and the Broomfield Blast. He has certainly left his mark on the city and the school and it will only be when he has diploma in hand that it will truly hit him.
"It hasn't really hit me yet," he said. "But it is certainly sad to see the high school season come to an because it has been a huge part of my life the last four years."