COLORADO SPRINGS - Makena Bambei's goal eight minutes into the second half proved to be the eventual game-winner for Broomfield in a 2-0 victory over No. 5 seed Pine Creek in a Class 5A girls' state soccer playoff game Friday at District 20 Stadium.
Bambei, a senior captain, broke the scoreless game with a left-footed shot at the top of the box off an assist by junior midfielder Jordan Goodwin.
"Once we got that goal we knew we had a little bit of cushion but we couldn't let down," said Bambei, who has 12 goals on the season to go along with 12 assists. "We always say once we get the first one we have to go and chase and get the second one. It came kind of later than we hoped, but we're really glad we got that second goal."
Broomfield (14-2-1), the No. 12 seed in the 32-team bracket, got its second goal from sophomore midfielder Gia Lemley - her eighth of the season - in the 74th minute to put the game on ice for the Eagles. Sophomore Hailey Stodden was credited with the assist.
"Obviously we wanted to get the lead in the first half, but we didn't execute," Lemley said. "In the second half we decided we have to be the better team. We have to want it more. I guess that I wanted it."
Broomfield, winners of 11 of its last 12 games, will play at No. 4 ThunderRidge (13-3-1) in the quarterfinals on May 18.
Broomfield is no stranger to making deep postseason runs. The Eagles have played in three consecutive state championship games, losing to Cheyenne Mountain in the 4A title matches in 2013 and 2014, and Grandview last season in the 5A tilt.
Broomfield and Pine Creek (14-3) met in the quarterfinals last spring, with Broomfield coming out on top 3-2 in overtime.
Broomfield used a stifling defense to keep Pine Creek in check in the rematch. The Eagles made sure Oregon-bound forward Jayne Lydiatt (23 goals, 12 assists) had little, or no, breathing room once she touched the ball.
"Jayne is an absolutely terrific player and we decided to take her options away," said Broomfield coach Jim Davidson. "We defended really well along our back line taking those forward options away."
Broomfield senior defender Zoe Zinis was among those keeping Lydiatt in check and her teammates out of the box.
"The first half we kind of struggled a little bit, but the second half it just came down to wanting it more and sacrificing everything," Zinis said.
"Once we got that first goal it got us going so much. It's such a boost in our confidence and it helped us settle down."
Davidson said his team has another state finals trip in the back of their minds, but keeping the course is what is driving the team at this point.
"It's just win and survive and prepare for the next match," he said.
Broomfield 2, Pine Creek 0
At District 20 StadiumBroomfield (14-2-1) 0 2 — 2
Pine Creek (14-3) 0 0 — 0
Goals (assists) — Broomfield: Makena Bambei (Jordan Goodwin), 48th minute; Gia Lemley (Hailey Stodden), 74th minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Broomfield: Shannon Mooney 80-0-5; Pine Creek: Jade Odem 80-2-14.