BOULDER — Cara Quinn and her Broomfield soccer teammates didn't take lightly the fact that when Monday's new CHSAA rankings were posted the Eagles somehow had slipped to No. 2 in Class 5A.
If they set out on Tuesday to build momentum for Saturday's epic clash with the new No. 1 team in the classification — that being Cherry Creek — they had the right opponent to do it against in Fairview. The highly talented Knights had won seven straight games themselves, and the challenge was sure to put the Eagles in the right kind of mindset if they were to come out victorious.
Consider Saturday's 10 a.m. match with the Bruins at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium a must-attend event, now. Thanks to a 2-0 win with goals coming from Hailey Stodden and Olivia Valdez, the train continues to charge down the tracks for BHS.
"This was really an exciting win and one we had to work really hard for. We knew this was going to be a really good team and a challenge for us because they had beaten some good teams," said Quinn, the senior defensive captain for the Eagles. "We came out with a good win.
"We had a good attacking mindset, and we got a goal that really built our confidence and kind of lowered theirs."
Broomfield moved to 8-0 on the season and stayed atop the Front Range League at 6-0 by staving off a Fairview effort that certainly would categorize as ferocious. With senior Tea Smith and her well-known antics still every bit as tough to shut down as anyone in the state, and a few hard runs from sophomore Emma Carter, the Knights were able to work their way into good scoring zones much of the match.
But as many teams could tell you this season, finishing against the Eagles is another story entirely. Fairview has a number of crosses into the box in the first half, in addition to seven total corner kicks in the game. But officially they had six shots, four on frame.
Smith had one of those shots at keeper Grace Fuller in the eighth minute that was arguably the best shot for either team in the game — a bender from 20 yards that Fuller dove to palm past the far post. Fairview had two headers off corner kicks sail right over the bar, and Fuller had another nice save on a Brooke Berdan shot in the 54th minute.
"We just weren't quite mature enough as a soccer team to crack the code, but we had moments and chances out of hard work," Fairview coach Jeff Frykholm said of his team. "We were on the doorstep a bunch and just couldn't convert. There's bitterness in some senses but at the end of the day we have to acknowledge that we got beat by a good, talented and fast team."
Fuller's play helped preserve a shutout, but Broomfield's offense helped her get the win, too. Hailey Stodden scored her 17th goal of the season just seven minutes into the game, a quick counter after Fairview's first shot on goal.
The Eagles were able to make it 2-0 right before halftime after gaining possession of a short clearing attempt from Fairview goalkeeper Hayden Velds. Quinn found Valdez right in front of the net, who in turn made a wise decision to lob a ball over Velds at the top of her goal box.
"Tonight required a ton of energy and for us to work really hard ... and I think it will serve both teams really well going forward," said BHS head coach Jim Davidson, whose team plays at 2-8 Mountain Range on Thursday. "We got the early goal and that allowed us to settle in maybe a little earlier than you would expect."
"We know that (Cherry Creek) have played more games, but we think the game on Saturday is going to be a really good one and we'll see what happens," Quinn said.
Broomfield 2, Fairview 0
At Fairview HSBroomfield (8-0, 6-0)20—2
Fairview (7-2, 5-1)00—0
Goals (assists) — Broomfield: Hailey Stodden (Gia Lemley assist), 7th minute; Broomfield: Olivia Valdez (Cara Quinn), 37th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Broomfield: Grace Fuller (80-0-4); Fairview: Hayden Velds (80-2-2).