COMMERCE CITY — Saturday night was a numerologists dream come true.
The Broomfield Eagles won their now state-best seventh boys soccer title on a game-winning goal from a kid wearing No. 7 — Michael Mooney — who also finished ... you guessed it! ... seventh at the state cross country meet.
"Seven is a lucky number," said Mooney, who bagged the game winner for the Eagles in the 25th minute against Denver East on Saturday evening to propel his team to their third Class 5A title in four years.
"I just work as hard as I can everyday and good stuff happens, when you work hard."
Broomfield coach Jim Davidson, who won his first title with the Eagles all the way back in 1999, had a good feeling about his boys from the get-go and on Saturday they proved him right against the top-seeded Angels.
"It's a little overwhelming right now, but really it is so much about the process and see the guys really believe in what we do and get rewarded at the end," Davidson said. "And because they work so hard and they have such belief, that, in the end is what we walk away with and is the most rewarding thing."
The seventh-seeded Eagles (17-2-1) knew they had a chance to create opportunities against an East side that had suffered some bumps and bruises along its playoff run, especially along the backline.
If the Eagles were going to expose anything against an otherwise solid group under the direction of Kirk Bast — who himself was responsible for three state titles while at Arapahoe in the 1990's — it was going to have to be in the final third.
Mooney set the tone early on, with a big shot that forced Angels goalie Victor Yague-Izquierdo to make the first huge save of the match in the 7th minute.
In the 25th, it was Triston Austin — who played a magnificent game all over the field — who won a ball in the midfield and sent a pass over the top to Mooney, who ran onto it, beat Yague-Izquierdo, and chipped it home into the empty net.
"I tried to bring it down and I saw that the keeper was out," Mooney said, "And I took a touch behind, stayed composed and put it in the open net."
Said Davidson of Mooney: "Michael has been special and in fact I would argue that he has been the most outstanding player of the state tournament."
The rest of the match was about the Eagles defense and goalie Jose Ogaz, who was more than a little eager for some redemption at Dick's after last years 14-round penalty-kick shootout loss to Boulder.
The Broomfield senior, whose fearless style can sometimes drive the Eagles faithful crazy, was on top of his game and finished with nine saves against an East side that did all it could pressing forward for a late equalizer.
Perhaps his best of the night came in the 47th minute against Marko Babiak, when he went high and deflected it over the bar.
"I trust my preparation and I know I do scare you guys sometimes, but you just have to trust the process and goalkeeper coach Kyle (Reddy) does a great job with us," said Ogaz, who admitted he had the butterflies when he saw the center official was the same one that called him for coming off his line in last years final. "I knew I was going to have to be making some saves and I wasn't about to let this one get away from us this year."
Davidson was able to put championship No. 7 into perspective, and while they never get old, he has learned to give credit where credit is most certainly due.
"I love it, man. These are hard and I think I've lost 10 pounds, and I don't have 10 pounds to lose ... but it is so thrilling," he said. "I still get such a rush out of it.
"My assistant coaches (Matt Lay, Hindman and Reddy) are just unbelievable guys and brilliant soccer minds. They deserve a lot of credit and I know that I sometimes get a lot some attention for some of this, but I have some smart people around me, and if there was a lesson I learned as a young coach, it was to surround yourself with really smart people."
BROOMFIELD 1, DENVER EAST 0
At Dick's Sporting Goods ParkBroomfield (17-2-1)10—1Denver East (18-2)00—0
Goal (assist) — Broomfield: Michael Mooney (Triston Austin), 25th minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Broomfield: Jose Ogaz (80-0-9); Denver East: Victor Yague-Izquierdo (80-1-7).