BROOMFIELD — The Broomfield Eagles needed a hero on Wednesday night.
Coach Jim Davidson's second-seeded squad had a majority of the ball control in the first half against No. 7 Columbine and had nothing to show for it and after a 52nd minute defensive lapse saw them go down 1-0 to the Rebels, that heroic urgency went up tenfold.
Enter Lindsay Hudson.
The Eagles junior was in the right place at the right time and scored the equalizing goal in the 78th minute to send the Class 5A quarterfinal match to overtime. And just three minutes and 50 seconds into overtime, senior Hailey Stodden punched Broomfield's ticket to the state semifinals.
"It's history repeating itself, we tied this game late last year and had to go win it on penalties," said Davidson, whose team improves to 17-0-1. "I thought Columbine did a great job of getting out of the first half. We left some goals on the field and when you allow a team to stay around in a game like that, especially with those two really good forwards (Tessa Barton and Skylar Alward) and a team behind them that was all about, one chance can make all the difference."
Broomfield will travel to Parker's Echo Park Stadium on Saturday to play No. 3 Rock Canyon in the semifinals. The Jaguars beat Cherokee Trail 2-1.
The Eagles knew they had to keep a watchful eye on Barton and Alward, the two having combined for 24 goals this season. And in the 52nd minute, it was Barton that managed to get just a step on Daisia Knowles — who played great on the Eagles backline — and put a left-footed shot just inside the far post past a diving Grace Fuller.
It stayed that way until late and the Rebels almost made it 2-0 in the 75th minute but Knowles cleared a ball off the line.
It was just the bit of momentum the Eagles needed.
Moments later, with nerves at their most frayed on the Broomfield side, the Eagles were fouled deep in their own end and were rewarded a direct free kick that was essentially a corner.
Jessie Mooney played it to the far post and Hudson finished amongst all the bodies in front of Rebels keeper Madeline Samuelson, who was simply brilliant all match.
"Brooke (Pennington) just got her body on it and I did everything I could to get on the end of it," said Hudson, after her sixth goal of the season. "It just barely went over the line and then came out."
Said Columbine coach Brian Todd, whose team finishes 14-4: "I don't know why we set up the way we did and for some reason we overloaded our protection on the wall, which was unnecessary. We tried to correct it, but the stadium was so loud and obviously there weren't enough players in the middle of the box and Broomfield did a nice job of capitalizing on the ball."
Davidson challenged his girls before the overtime to "go find that place within, that only they know where they can flip that switch."
And it didn't take long. Mallory Mooney carried deep into the Rebels end and fired a shot that Samuelson stopped — her 13th of the match — but the rebound came right out to Stodden, who finished with ease.
"We are going to have to regroup and try to guard against a letdown," said Davidson, whose seniors will graduate on Saturday as well. "We are in the last four now and obviously you are going to play a really good team. We've got some things we have to deal with and just keep our concentration."
BROOMFIELD 2, COLUMBINE 1 OT
At Elizabeth Kennedy StadiumColumbine (14-4) 0 1 0 — 1
Broomfield (17-0-1) 0 1 1 — 2
Goals (assists) — Columbine: Tessa Barton (unassisted), 52nd; Broomfield: Lindsay Hudson (Jessie Mooney), 78th; Hailey Stodden (Mallory Mooney), 84th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Columbine: Madeline Samuelson (84-2-12); Broomfield: Grace Fuller (84-1-4).