BROOMFIELD — Broomfield junior defender Cameron Broadhurst had the unenviable task of shadowing arguably the best player in the state, Legacy's Tajon Buchanan on Wednesday night.
To him, it was just another day at the office.
"He's just like any other player really," Broadhurst said. "I just had to mark him, be my best.
"But it was the whole defenses job to control him ... it wasn't just me."
No the Eagles backline combination of Broadhurst, Ethan Campbell, Luke Oberto and Daulton Logan held their own against the Syracuse-bound Buchanan and on the strength of two Armando Ocampo goals, advanced to the Class 5A quarterfinals with a 2-0 win over the Lightning.
Broomfield (14-2-1), the two-time defending state champs, will host Fairview on Saturday. The Knights took out Horizon. Legacy wraps up its season 11-5-1.
The Lightning, who drew 1-1 with the Eagles at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium last month, were not at all overwhelmed with the stage and in fact had the better of the early opportunities that were presented to each side.
The double and sometimes triple teams on Buchanan allowed for other Lightning players to run free and Bradon O'Connor was the beneficiary.
In the 25th minute he got behind the Broomfield defense and beat Broomfield keeper Jose Ogaz to the ball, got a shot past Ogaz, but Oberto was there to back up his keeper and clear the threat.
O'Connor might have nightmares about his second opportunity that came in the opening moments of the second half. Again his run drew Ogaz out of the goal and presented with a wide open net, his shot deflected off the post.
"Moments like this you always have a lot in your mind and the most prevalent is that I'm proud of my team," Legacy coach Tony Romano said. "They played smart, they played hard and they played well. They did what I asked them to do and sometimes you just don't get the right bounce.
"Truth of the matter is the we lost to an excellent team tonight."
The Eagles finally broke the ice moments later. Jeff Robisch's cross to Ocampo was volleyed out of the air and over Luca Falagrady's head for the game-winner.
"I saw Jeff playing the great ball in and all day I knew I was going to get my chance and I prayed that when it came that I had the composure to finish," said Ocampo, who despite cramping up scored an insurance goal in the final seconds running under Ogaz's clearing punt. "I just saw the corner and volleyed it in."
Broomfield coach Jim Davidson, who was recently selected to coach the East squad in the 6th Annual All-American Game next month in North Carolina, had nothing but praise for Buchanan and the job his defense did in controlling the dangerous striker.
"(Tajon) is the best player in the state and he such a terrific athlete and such a handful to deal with, especially when he is high up the field," Davidson said. "I thought Cam did a great job and the other guys provided some depth."
BROOMFIELD 2, LEGACY 0
At BroomfieldLegacy (11-5-1) 0 0 — 0 Broomfield (14-2-1) 0 2 — 2
Goals (assists) — Broomfield: Armando Ocampo (Jeff Robisch), 44th; Ocampo (Jose Ogaz), 80th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Legacy: Luca Falagrady (80-2-5); Broomfield: Jose Ogaz (80-0-6).