BROOMFIELD — Leading by a goal but not feeling comfortable, Broomfield coach Jim Davidson pointed out the obvious to his Eagles soccer team.
“He just said, ‘I don’t know what’s wrong, I don’t think you guys realize this could be your last game,'” junior Courtney Miknis said.
The halftime speech wasn’t long, but it was effective. Miknis scored in the second minute of the second half, and 10 minutes later she made it 3-0 with her third goal as the Eagles cruised to a 5-0 win over Steamboat Springs in the first round of the Class 4A tournament on Tuesday.
The fourth-seeded Eagles (12-3-1) advance to host Evergreen on Friday.
It wasn’t an easy trip to the second round — at least for a half. The Eagles went ahead 1-0 when Miknis scored in the eighth minute, but after that Steamboat Springs carried the play.
“Sometimes the first round of the state round is difficult to grasp the gravity of the situation,” Davidson said. “The girls did a good job of going to get the game.”
They were able to lead at half because of goalie Paige Lindbloom. The sophomore faced early pressure when Alice Holmquist had a wide-open shot in the first minute that she sent over the crossbar.
“I was on my heels; I wasn’t expecting a shot that early,” Lindbloom said.
The Sailors kept coming, forcing Lindbloom to make some saves, including a sliding tackle on Carolyn Walters in the 35th minute.
Halftime gave the Eagles a chance to reset, and they took advantage. Miknis’ two goals in the second half gave them some breathing room, and Chaya Ahrens and Kristin Snyder added goals in the 55th minute and 79th minute to send the Eagles to the second round.
There, they’ll be facing more than an opponent. Last year Broomfield was the top seed but was upset by Lewis-Palmer in the second round. Davidson hasn’t been afraid to use that loss to keep his team focused this season.
“We use it as motivation, chalkboard fodder,” he said. “I think there are demons to be exorcised, and I hope we do that in Friday’s game.”
His players don’t want to suffer the same fate as last year.
“That was a really, really hard loss,” Miknis said. “I remember the seniors breaking down on the field, but I don’t think any of us were thinking about it today.”
Broomfield 5, Steamboat Springs 0
At Broomfield H.S.
Steamboat Springs (10-5-1) 0 0 — 0
Broom field (12-3-1) 1 4 — 5
Goals (assists) — Broomfield: Courtney Miknis (Morgan Rynearson), 8th minute; Miknis (Rynearson), 42nd minute; Miknis, 52 minute; Chaya Ahrens (Katie Forsee), 55th minute; Kristin Snyder (Cooper Thau), 79th minute. Steamboat Springs: None.
Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Steamboat Springs: Hannah Barkey (80-5-9); Broomfield: Paige Lindbloom (66-0-6); Bri Wilber (14-0-1).