BOULDER — Goal scorers do not always have to put on goal scorer's moves in order to be effective.
As Broomfield senior striker Hailey Stodden scored her 19th, 20th and 21st goals of the season in Tuesday night's 5-0 victory over Front Range League rival Boulder, sometimes it's about the ball finding you.
Stodden made sure to finish her best chances, and the Eagles rolled to their ninth victory of the season with another big one looming Thursday at Class 5A No. 2-ranked Rocky Mountain.
"It was really important because we need to prove to ourselves that we could play our possession game, and it was important to see that we could just find our own players (consistently)," said Stodden. "It's always good to get that first score early, because it allows you to settle in and just gives us the confidence to play our game.
"I didn't have to do a lot on my goals ... my teammates did a great job. We just set each other up over and over again, which is awesome."
Facing a Boulder team that had allowed but nine goals all year en route to a 5-3-1 record prior to Tuesday, finding a pair of scores within the first six minutes was a pleasant surprise to Stodden, who will play at Utah next fall.
In doing that, though, the Eagles showed they weren't looking past Tuesday's opponent at all.
In the fifth minute, a high cross from Jessie Mooney found Stodden's head as Boulder goalie Elise Thomason-Larssen came out of her net to try and play the ball for a 1-0 lead.
The Eagles found a seamless transition off the ensuing re-start, and just 19 seconds later found another opportunity to cash in as Mallory Mooney sent a hard pass into the box where two Broomfield girls were ready to receive. The ball scooted past one Eagle and hit Stodden's outstretched foot to make it 2-0.
In the 31st minute, which would turn out to be a stretch in which Broomfield peppered the goal often until halftime, Gia Lemley laced a pass across to a wide-open Stodden toward the top of the 18, and she locked her shot in toward the far post with no chance of it getting stopped.
Broomfield added two goals in the second half just 10 minutes in, again just a handful of seconds apart, and Boulder was left trying to salvage the remainder of the game with some solid counter-attack.
Junior Lindsay Hudson scored Broomfield's other two goals, assisted by Mallory Mooney and Stodden.
"I thought Hailey did a great job of holding the play up for us and relieving pressure, because this field is especially hard to play on being so narrow," Broomfield head coach Jim Davidson said. "It's always going to be hard for strikers to find space here, and in that sense she did an even better job of relieving pressure than actually creating pressure."
"We knew we needed to play balls fast, and it worked out," Stodden added.
Looking to get back into the playoffs after missing in 2017, Boulder has three games left this season beginning Thursday at Loveland. They play at Fairview on Friday and wrap up next week hosting Fossil Ridge.
Broomfield, still in the hunt for the FRL title, has five games between April 26 and May 5. League opponents include the Lobos, Fort Collins and Legacy.
Broomfield 5, Boulder 0
At Recht FieldBroomfield (9-0-1, 8-0-1)32—5
Boulder (7-4-1, 5-3-1) 00—0
Goals (assists) —Broomfield: Hailey Stodden (Jessie Mooney assist), 5th minute; Broomfield: Stodden (Mallory Mooney), 6th; Broomfield: Stodden (Gia Lemley), 31st; Broomfield: Lindsay Hudson (M. Mooney), 50th; Broomfield: Hudson (Stodden), 51st.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Broomfield: Grace Fuller (60-0-1), Meghan Groom (20-0-5); Boulder: Elise Thomason-Larssen (80-5-6).