BROOMFEILD — Opportunistic on offense early in Tuesday’s match, the top-seeded Broomfield boys soccer team went sailing into the Class 4A state semifinals.
The Eagles beat ninth-seeded Wheat Ridge 2-0, with Broomfield wracking up both its goals in the first 12 minutes of play.
Colton Lamb and Noah Chapleski each found their touch on unassisted attempts to give the Eagles the win.
Good thing the Broomfield the pair of attackers went on the offensive when they did, because the Farmers were also on the hunt for the early offensive advantage.
“We knew we had to absorb the first few minutes of their attack, then we knew what we were up against,” said Lamb, who knocked in his 12th goal of the season. “From there, we just picked out their weakness and attacked them.”
Broomfield faces Mullen at 4 p.m. Saturday at Englewood High School’s Pirate Field in the state semifinals. It will be the 14th time coach Jim Davidson has lead his team this far in the playoffs.
And outside of some minor complaints, Davidson could not be happier with how his team is performing heading into Saturday’s key match.
“I think we’re playing the right soccer at the right time,” the coach said. “But I think we can play better.”
Chapleski put the finishing touches on Wheat Ridge in hanging up Broomfield’s second goal in the 12th minute. The freshman cleaned up an initial shot by Nick Saunders, shooting in the rebound on a cross-goal attempt.
But it was Lamb that came up with the grittiest play to open the game’s scoring.
The senior put Broomfield on the board in the 9th minute when he connected on a round near the center of the goal. Before Lamb tucked the shot away, the Eagles had laid the ball on frame twice.
“It was just kind of a cluster around the PK spot,” Lamb said. “The ball just came out to me and I headed it in.”
After the early fireworks, Broomfield had to endure some nervy moments.
Wheat Ridge pressured the team with a strong midfield possession game and well-played set pieces, trying to extend its winning streak to 12 games. Twice the Farmers had shots go off the crossbar.
But it was in the second half when the team came alive to really pressured the Eagles.
Wheat Ridge took finally broke through Broomfield’s backfield to lay three shots on goal. But none made the back of the net, with first-year soccer player Hayden Estes coming up with his third shutout of the playoffs.
“(The shutouts) have been huge for us,” Estes said. “Here at home we’ve have 34 goals for us, while we’ve only given up two.”
Broomfield 2, Wheat Ridge 0
At Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium
Wheat Ridge (14-2-1) 0 0 — 0
Broomfield (14-3-1) 2 0 — 2
Goals (assists) — Broomfield: Colton Lamb (unassisted), 9th minute; Broomfield: Noah Chapleski (unassisted) 12th minute.Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Wheat Ridge: Joe Fitzwilliams (80-2-4). Broomfield: Hayden Estes (80-0-3).