BROOMFIELD — Broomfield represented the final leg of a span of rivalry games within the Front Range League for the Fairview girls soccer team.
After earning bragging rights over Boulder and Monarch, however, the Knights could not complete the sweep in a 2-2 draw against the Eagles — still a great result for a team that has surged up to the No. 7 slot in the CHSAANow.com Class 5A rankings.
Broomfield's Michaela Stark scored two goals and found an unmatched energy that resulted in long night for the FHS defense even into the second overtime, but Sierra Szeto's goal in the 69th minute helped the visitors bounce back from a 2-1 deficit and put them at 3-0-1 in the FRL and 4-1-1 overall.
Brooke Berdan also scored for Fairview in a game in which all four goals were potted in a 19-minute sequence.
"I think we're feeling a little down with (not winning) but we're happy with the effort overall. We can build off this one a lot and move forward," said Szeto, a senior midfielder.
After a stale first half, things heated up at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium after the halftime break. In the 50th minute, Fairview took advantage of some miscommunication on Broomfield's back end and Berdan had an over-the-top shot from 30 yards out that caught BHS goalie Shannon Mooney way out of position to make it 1-0.
Almost instantly, the Eagles (3-1-1, 0-1-1) were able to get a run from the midfield into Stark on the left wing, and the senior Wyoming commit knocked a short shot off FHS goalie Avery Tallman and into the net to knot it back up at 1-1 in the 51st minute.
Broomfield's offense clicked well over the remaining 30 minutes of regulation, but it couldn't fully take advantage. Stark scored again in the 53rd minute with an assist from Makena Bambei to gain the 2-1 edge, but Stark narrowly missed on two chances in the final 2:30 of regulation with Tallman influencing both opportunities.
That made Szeto's goal one that forced overtime. To BHS coach Jim Davidson's chagrin, the Eagles did not take control of a situation they could have, and Szeto made an easy run into shooting position with the ball on her foot for about 20 yards.
An initial shot was deflected right back to her foot, and she was able to poke the ball past Mooney.
Neither team had more than one shot on goal in the two overtime sessions.
"I thought the effort from both teams was really good tonight. I thought when we got the second goal we started to control the game but we just made another bad mistake," Davidson said. "It's an issue for us right now. The goals that we're giving up are goals that we're clearly putting ourselves under with. We've got to figure that piece out."
"It's happened to us a couple times already where we've scored and the other team has come right back at us," Szeto added. "They just came out harder in that moment and we need to be ready for that response next time."
Broomfield will be looking for its first league win Saturday at Greeley West, while Fairview has a full week to prepare for Fort Collins.
Broomfield 2, Fairview 2 (2OT)
At Broomfield HSFairview (4-1-1, 3--0-1) 0 2 0 0 — 2
Broomfield (3-1-1, 0-1-1) 0 2 0 0 — 2
Goals (assists) — Fairview: Brooke Berdan (unassisted), 50th minute; Broomfield: Michaela Stark (Makena Bambei assist), 51st minute; Broomfield: Michaela Stark (Bambei assist), 53rd minute; Fairview: Sierra Szeto (unassisted), 69th minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Fairview: Avery Tallman (100-2-6); Broomfield: Shannon Mooney (100-2-3).