BROOMFIELD — It is incredibly difficult to beat a good team twice in a season.
And at halftime of Saturday's Class 5A state quarterfinal match between Fairview and Broomfield at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium there was proof.
The Eagles, owners of a 3-0 regular season victory over the Knights, looked a little out of sorts against a confident Fairview team that was eager to dispel that myth.
But it all changed with one strike of Riley Shea's left foot in the 50th minute and it opened the scoring flood gates for Broomfield. The Eagles would score all five goals in the second half and advance to Wednesday's state semifinals at the Front Range League foe's expense.
"We talked about how the team that had the lapse of concentration would be the team that loses," said Broomfield coach Jim Davidson about his tame halftime speech to his team. "We asked our guys to up their concentration a little bit and we did.
"We had a really good 15 minute spurt there where we just went off."
Fourth-seeded Broomfield (15-2-1) will draw top-seeded Denver East on Wednesday in Aurora at Legacy Stadium on the campus of Cherokee Trail High School. The Angels beat Fort Collins 2-1 on Saturday night.
The Front Range League will have three of the four final teams for the second time in three years, with Boulder and 30th-seeded Fossil Ridge joining the Eagles.
The flow in the second half began to tilt Broomfield's way and there was a sense that it was coming. Moments earlier Michael Mooney had just missed wide on a header attempt that was the best of the match to that point.
Shea, on a simple cross from Armando Ocampo, created some space for himself with a touch of his right foot and fired with his left to the low corner of the near post of Ben Nielson's goal.
"That's a goal that I have been wanting to score for a while," Shea said. "We knew that they were good defensively, but I also knew if I got a little space in the box I could get a shot."
Fairview (14-4) appeared to answer four minutes later, but the equalizer was waived off because of an offside player.
The crushing blow for the Knights came in the 58th minute. Ocampo, who Davidson said was the most dominant player on the field for the past two matches, headed home a goal off a corner that originally came off the head of Daulton Logan.
"Unfortunately the bottom fell out. That was a brilliant goal by Riley and that's what good players do," Fairview coach Jeff Frykholm said. "And then Armando, we knew we had to watch those guys and the more organized team won.
"The second one was the killer because we knew we were still in the game at 1-0 and it wasn't going to end that way. Another great goal by a great player."
Ocampo would score two more goals in the next seven minutes. He broke free from Stephen Griffith on the first and maneuvered ina way that forced two Fairview defenders to collide on the second, both creating a one-on-one opportunity with Nielson.
Many doubted whether the two-time defending state champs would be back in this spot after heavy graduation losses, but the Eagles have matured throughout the season and will have a chance yet again.
"I just was hoping that we could put it together and make a good run into the playoffs," Shea said. "I didn't think we'd be making a run into the state semifinals. We had a lot of guys step up, Jeff Robisch and Armando — guys that didn't score a lot of goals last year — have really stepped up and I'm so happy to see that."
BROOMFIELD 5, FAIRVIEW 0
At Elizabeth Kennedy StadiumFairview (14-4) 0 0 — 0
Goals (assists) — Broomfield: Riley Shea (Armando Ocampo), 50th minute; Ocampo (Daulton Logan), 58th; Ocampo (unassisted). 61st; Ocampo (unassisted), 65th; Luke Oberto (unassisted), 75th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Fairview: Ben Nielson (70-3-3), Dylan Weaver (10-1-1); Broomfield: Jose Ogaz (80-0-8).