BROOMFIELD — Hailey Stodden is the soccer equivalent of a gym rat.
Her love of the game and desire to be on the pitch with her Broomfield teammates is evident every time she dons the Eagles blue and white.
"She is a kid who is as passionate, if not more passionate about the game, than any player that has ever come through the program," Broomfield coach Jim Davidson said of the junior Stodden, the BoCoPreps.com Player of the Year who scored 30 goals this season. "She is one of those kids that you worry if she is over-training because I have to send her home just to make sure that she is rested. Because she just loves it that much.
"That is something that separates her and makes her special."
Stodden was so much more than a goal scorer and a player that was capable of moving all over the field to benefit a team that suffered some pretty tough injuries along the way, including the devastating loss of Jordan Goodwin to a knee injury in the penultimate week of the season.
There was not an ounce of selfishness or give-me-the-ball mentality to Stodden, who even though she scored four goals in a single game on multiple occasions, worked just as hard off the ball to make sure the entire team succeeded.
"I love setting up my teammate," said Stodden, who after her senior season next year will continue her playing career at the University of Utah. "I know how hard they work and I want them to feel the pride in working hard and being rewarded."
But the moment that possibly embodied Stodden's season was in the final week of the season in a rivalry game against Legacy that had Front Range League title implications.
In the 4-2 win, she scored all four goals with a work ethic on each that would have been hard to stop with even the most seasoned of fullbacks.
"It is safe to say that Hailey put the team on her back when Jordan (Goodwin) suffered the season ending injury up in Fort Collins. The Legacy game would be the best example of that, she just put us on her back and went and got four goals that night," said Davidson, who has watched his prized pupil get better every day since her freshman season. "It was arguably one of the best individual performances I've seen from a Broomfield player."
And Davidson has continued to heap the praise on Stodden, calling her the "best player I've ever had the fortune of coaching."
Said Stodden of the words: "I'm incredibly grateful that he said that. It makes me so happy that I have a coach like him who believes in me as much as he does all his players."
The Eagles season came to a close a little earlier than they expected, losing 2-0 in the semifinals to Arapahoe and it will be a motivating factor going into her final season.
"I don't like losing and I know none of my teammates do either; and I don't believe that any of us feel like we were finished," said Stodden, whose older brother Zach was a two-time state wrestling champion at Broomfield and is now wrestling at Nebraska-Kearney. "We are going to go into the preseason and hit it harder than we did last year. We have already started this summer, training with our high school weight lifting coach and it is going to be more of an attacking mindset towards the season."