COMMERCE CITY — What a week it was for the Mooney clan of Broomfield High.
This past weekend, Eagles sophomore Mallory Mooney was the one seen cheering her older siblings, Michael and Madison, at the state track and field championships. On Wednesday, they got the chance to switch roles, with the senior twins parking right in the front row of Dick's Sporting Goods Park as the soccer team competed for the Class 5A state championship against Grandview.
Grandview's 1-0 overtime win ruined what could have been the ultimate celebratory moment for the trio, but Mallory was still proud to have followed up on the accomplishments of her siblings from the weekend.
And for Eagles head coach Jim Davidson, the youngster stood out as one of the offensive sparkplugs for his Eagles team, which finished the season 18-1-1.
"Mallory was exceptional, and really she broke Grandview's defense time and again and found that little pocket in front of the (GHS defensive backs), and it was just a phenomenal effort," said Davidson, after BHS had out-shot Grandview 6-3 but couldn't find an open net. "It got me thinking the same thing ... with her brother and sister having this championship success, you would have loved to see Mal get that opportunity tonight but she played like a champion tonight, no question."
Mooney was present from beginning to end on Wednesday, much like she has been all season in contributing 15 goals and 12 assists — the latter which led the team.
The Eagles were able to find runs throughout the course of the night, and across the top of the 18-yard box were creative to say the least, and Mooney was right in the thick of that going up against Grandview's numbers-stacking technique in and around the goal.
On a night when no Eagles player could find that one successful whip of the leg, Mooney felt she gave herself plenty of chances.
This weekend at Jefferson County Stadium, Madison and Michael were pretty successful on their chances, as well. Madison was part of the state title-winning 3,200 relay and finished second in both the 800 and 1,600, while Michael was able to capture elusive state titles in the mile and 2-mile races for BHS.
"I really wanted to win tonight because having my brother and sister do what they did at state just really inspired me," Mallory Mooney said. "We had a lot of chances and just couldn't finish, but we left everything on the field.
"I feel like tonight was one of the better games I've played this season and I just couldn't finish."