BROOMFIELD — You can't blame Broomfield coach Jim Davidson for being cautiously optimistic heading into Thursday night's top-5 match at home against Fairview.
It wasn't that he didn't believe in his boys, but to his point, the Eagles had yet to face the quality of opponent the level of the Knights.
How'd they do?
They passed with flying colors. Broomfield scored three times on set pieces, stayed organized defensively and handed Fairview its first league loss of the season 3-0 at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium.
"We have a lot of new guys on the field and we are still trying to figure a lot of stuff out," said Davidson, whose CHSAANow.com Class 5A fourth-ranked squad improved to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the Front Range League.
"But I think we are finally taking some steps and moving in the right direction."
Davidson was more than aware of the quality Fairview had in the midfield and the Knights' ability to control possession, create in the final third and limit the opposing offensive threat.
Broomfield had to capitalize on its chances and they did in the 32nd minute to break the ice.
After a Fairview foul gave the Eagles a free kick from well over 50 yards out, Daulton Logan set up and delivered a gem to Ben Nielson's far post that junior Cameron Broadhurst ran on to and volleyed home.
"Daulton played the perfect ball in and he framed the goal and he just needed to penetrate that line that they set, and it's always hard for the goalkeeper," Davidson said. "We just kind of caught him in no-man's land a little bit and Cam made a very courageous run to take that ball out of the air."
The third-ranked Knights (6-2, 4-1) didn't seem fazed by the early deficit and nearly equalized two minutes later on Sam Silverman's flicked header that sailed just wide of Jose Ogaz's goal.
Broomfield would score their second goal just before halftime. Nate Holland's flip-throw in — which didn't need to be saved, because it had to touch a Broomfield player to count as a goal — was pushed over the bar by Nielson, setting up a last second corner kick. The Eagles made them pay and Armando Ocampo tucked Jeff Robisch's corner inside the near post.
"It was a great game, but obviously we will be working on defending set pieces this week," said Fairview coach Jeff Frykholm, who was more than pleased with his teams effort despite the result. "Broomfield is so well organized and if you go down a couple of goals to a team like that, you are going to have a tough time coming back.
"However we created a lot of chances, we just couldn't figure out a way to break the damn."
Fairview's best chance to cut the lead in half came in the 51st minute, but Stephen Griffith bangs a shot hard off of Ogaz's right post.
Broomfield would tack on the third and final goal less than five minutes later. Holland's flip throw was finished inside the box by Ethan Campbell.
"It was obviously the difference tonight because from the run of play, things were a lot tighter," Davidson said. "But our guys took advantage of dead ball situations and cam up on the winning end."
Broomfield 3, Fairview 0
At BroomfieldFairview 0 0 — 0
Goals (assists) — Broomfield: Cam Broadhurst (Daulton Logan), 32nd minute; Armando Ocampo (Jeff Robisch), 40th; Ethan Campbell (Nate Holland), 55th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Fairview: Ben Nielson (40-2-2), Noah Williams (40-1-3); Broomfield: Jose Ogaz (80-0-5).