BROOMFIELD - The chances were there and the effort was maxed out. The only thing missing for the Broomfield girls soccer team was a little luck.
In a matchup of the two best teams in Class 5A, the Eagles took the play to No. 1 Cherry Creek. But the Bruins proved worthy of the top ranking they grabbed last week and came away with a 2-0 win Saturday morning.
The Eagles (9-1-0) felt confident after suffering their first loss of the season.
"If there's such a thing as a good loss today was a good loss," Broomfield coach Jim Davidson said.
Davidson could say that after watching his No. 2 Eagles - who slipped in the latest polls despite being undefeated - did everything but score. They hit three crossbars in the second half and had several other chances throughout but couldn't get one past Bruins goalkeeper Mia Raben.
"The angle for me wasn't terrific but I felt we dodged a few bullets," Cherry Creek coach Jim Schneider said.
It looked that way from any angle. Broomfield was attacking from the start, getting good scoring chances from Gia Lemley in the fourth minute and Haley Fukunaga in seventh minute, but Cherry Creek (11-0-1) got the only goal of the first half when Libby Geraghty took a feed from Meg Halvorson in the 16th minute.
Broomfield regrouped, missed a couple of other chances in the first half before taking over in the second half. Jesse Mooney hit two crossbars off free kicks and Ashley Tuccio another, all chances that would have tied it.
Elle Gill scored off Halvorson's corner kick in the 75th minute to seal it, but Broomfield continued to attack. Hailey Stodden had several good attacks but couldn't break through
"I would argue that second half was our best 40 minutes of the season," Davidson said. "We had our way with it and there was just a lock on the goal. We rushed a couple of finishes but our girls played well."
The setback won't hurt Broomfield's confidence. In fact, it might help the Eagles going forward as they look to capture the Front Range League title.
"It's discouraging that we couldn't get a win out of it but losing will help us as a team," Mooney said. "If you get to the playoffs and you haven't lost your team will start going downhill. It's good to get a loss and see how we react."
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Cherry Creek 2, Broomfield 0
At Elizabeth Kennedy StadiumCherry Creek (11-0-1)11—2
Goals (assists) —Cherry Creek: Libby Geraghty (Meg Halvorson), 16th minute; Cherry Creek: Elle Gill (Halvorson) 75th minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Cherrty Creek: Mia Raben (80-0-6); Broomfield: Grace Fuller (80-2-3).