FORT COLLINS — Rest assured, Broomfield and Rocky Mountain will meet again.
And when they do, likely late in the playoffs, the Eagles will be ready for another shot.
On Thursday night at French Field in 30 degree temperatures, Broomfield dominated every aspect of the game against the No. 3 Lobos except for the one that mattered the most ... the score board.
Rocky Mountain (10-1-1 overall, 9-0 in the Front Range League) made the Eagles pay for the only two miscues they made the entire match with a goal in the third minute and another in double overtime win 2-1 and all but put a stranglehold on the league title.
"Soccer is a fickle game," said Broomfield coach Jim Davidson, who already had the look of a man scheming his next plan of attack. "We made two disastrous mistakes and they scored two goals."
Rocky Mountain has three games left against Fossil Ridge, Legacy and Fairview; just one win will lock up the FRL title. No. 6 Broomfield has two games left, one against Fort Collins and then the finale against cross-town rival Legacy.
The physical nature of the game was evident from the get-go. The Lobos defenders keyed on the Eagles front-runners and challenged everything that came into the final third, seemingly content to let Broomfield control possession in the midfield.
Ever the opportunistic side, Rocky Mountain's counter-attack was lethal. The sophomore duo of Madison Williams and Jade Gosar combined for the opening tally. Williams was able to make a run all the way to the end line, turn and feed Gosar who fired into an empty net after Shannon Mooney had come off her line to contest.
The Lobos threatened to up their lead before halftime, but Makena Bambei cleared a shot off the line in the 21st minute and Gosar was turned away on a breakaway opportunity by Mooney.
Broomfield (10-2-1, 7-2-1) equalized 10 minutes into the second half. Michaela Stark, who was double- and triple-teamed most of the evening, with a defender draped all over her, created a moment of space and her left-footed shot beat Gabby McDonald.
"She played with a ton of grit and a ton of will," said Davidson, whose Wyoming-bound striker was turned away by McDonald on a first half breakaway. "She put us one her back and I felt like we should have gotten a result out of the match.
"We are very disappointed, but Rocky Mountain deserves some credit, they played well."
With time running out, the Lobos counter again came up big. It was Gosar feeding Williams, who didn't miss the opportunity and beat Mooney to the ball and was able to score.
It's a tough pill to swallow in terms of trying to win the league for Eagles, but with a greater goal in mind, Davidson will have to regroup, learn from this and get his team geared up to make a deep playoff push.
"It can one of two directions, either we respond well or we struggle," he said. "The way we lost is not good, so we will see how we respond next week. The focus now is on winning out and trying to secure a good seed for the state tournament."
Rocky Mountain 2, Broomfield 1, 2OT
At French FieldBroomfield (10-2-1, 7-2-1) 0 1 0 0 — 1
Rocky Mountain (10-1-1, 9-0) 1 0 0 1 — 2
Goals (assists) — Rocky Mountain: Jade Gosar (Madison Williams), 3rd minute; Broomfield: Michaela Stark (unassisted), 50th; Rocky Mountain: Williams (Gosar), 98th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Broomfield: Shannon Mooney (98-2-3); Rocky Mountain: Gabby McDonald (98-1-6).