PARKER — A year after losing an epic state championship game in penalty kicks to rival Boulder, the Broomfield boys soccer team is back in the Class 5A state title game.

The Eagles also find themselves back on the brink of history.

Set to making their 10th title game appearance in school history when they take on Denver East at Dick's Sporting Goods Park this Saturday, a win in the title game would give the Eagles the most state championships in state history with seven. To set up the opportunity to lay claim to the all-time championships record, the Eagles defeated No. 3 Fort Collins, 3-1, in the semifinals on Wednesday at EchoPark Automotive Stadium.

"First and foremost, I'm really thrilled and proud that our guys get another shot at it," Eagles head coach Jim Davidson said. "Especially the way the final ended last year, we really felt like we had one stolen from us with all the things that went down in that match. That record is exciting but it hasn't really crossed our minds. But just to have these kids have the experience to get to a final is something we'll never forget."

The seventh-seeded Eagles, who have allowed just two goals in the postseason so far and were the lowest seed remaining in the semifinals, fell behind early when Fort Collins senior Eric Thompson opening the scoring with a well-placed shot in the ninth minute. Not long after in the 25th minute, however, Tanner Smith cleaned up a scramble in front of the net and evened the game up at a 1-1 tie that stood until halftime.


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In the 48th minute, Cameron Broadhurst got just enough of his head on a high-arching free kick from just over midfield to flick in onward and past Fort Collins goalkeeper Alex Snavely to put the Eagles up 2-1. The goal turned out to be the game-winner. Just to be sure, senior Michael Mooney added an insurance goal with 20 seconds left in the game.

"They always send me on free kicks and hopefully the find me," Broadhurst said. "It was a perfect ball, first of all, and the goalie came out off his line. I was just able to flick it over him and it went in. Once we went down, we just decided that we had to go hard and give it 110 percent no matter what and we got those two goals we needed to make it a great team win."

Wednesday's game unfolded similarly to when the teams met during their Front Range League regular-season game on Sept. 26. The Eagles also fell behind 1-0 then and went on to win 4-2.

After allowing the game's first goal, Eagles goalkeeper Jose Ogaz saved seven consecutive shots on goal to allow for the team's combeback.

The Eagles will take on Denver East in the 5A state championship game at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Brad Cochi: cochib@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BradCochi

 

Broomfield 3, Fort Collins 1

At EchoPark Automotive Stadium

Broomfield 1 2 — 3

Fort Collins 1 0 — 1

Goals (assists) —Broomfield: Tanner Smith, 25th minute; Cameron Broadhurst, 48th; Michael Mooney, 80th; Fort Collins: Eric Thompson (Jesus Bautista Torres), 9th minute.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Broomfield: Alex Snavely (80-3-3); Broomfield: Jose Ogaz (80-1-7).