BROOMFIELD — Jim Davidson feels his Broomfield girls soccer team still has plenty of room for improvement.
And that’s very bad news for the rest of the state.
The Eagles, currently ranked third in Class 4A, looked sharp while dismantling visiting Legacy 4-1 in a non-league clash Saturday afternoon at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium.
Broomfield (8-1-1) took control from the opening kick and was never really challenged by the Lightning, which entered the contest ranked second in Class 5A. The Eagles got first-half goals from Courtney Miknis and Katie Forsee, and kept the ball away from Legacy’s prolific offense during the first 40 minutes of the contest.
“We were really good in the first half,” said Davidson, who said because of injuries, his team hasn’t been able to field the same lineup twice this season. “The thing is, we played well today but I don’t think there’s any question we can play a lot better. We just haven’t had time to train.”
Brooke Quinn set up the game’s opening score, driving deep in the box while drawing two defenders and Lightning keeper Samantha Privett towards her. Before the ball crossed the end line, Quinn sent a nifty little back pass to a wide open Miknis, who hammered the ball off the cross bar and over the line in the 10th minute.
Forsee added to the Eagles’ tally in the 24th minute, heading Kerri Marquardt’s corner kick into the far left corner of the net for the 2-0 lead.
“Kerri just sent it in. I saw it coming, took a step back and got my head on it,” Forsee said about her seventh goal of the season. “I think after we got the first and second goal, we were on our feet and ready to push forward. And then when we got our third, it just pushed us more forward and we had our momentum going.”
Forsee was also catalyst for the third goal, as she became entangled in the box with a Legacy defender during a corner kick five minutes in to the second half, leading to a penalty kick. Miknis converted on the PK as Broomfield pushed the lead to 3-0.
Forsee finished with three shots on goal, and had a possible second goal wiped out by an offsides call late in the first half.
“Katie Forsee is such an athlete and a competitor, and she really is the engine that makes us run,” Davidson said. “I think our team has a tendency to play off of her energy level, and she does a good job of defining that for us.”
The wheels fell off for Legacy after Miknis’ penalty kick, as coach David Castro and forward Lauren Cook both were nailed with red cards, and the Lightning had to play a man down for the final 15 minutes of the contest.
Legacy (9-2-0) did manage seven shots on goal in the second half, and Madison Gallegos notched the team’s only goal in the 60th minute she sent a long bounding free kick from near midfield that skimmed off a Broomfield player and into the back of the net.
“There’s only so much you can do when you give up two PK’s,” Castro said. “That’s a tall, tall task to overcome. The character was answered in the second half, but in the first half they were better.”
Although the contest has no impact on league races, both coaches said the results could reverberate for the rest of the season.
“It’s very harmful for seeding later,” Castro said of the loss. “Regardless of our league, when they sit down to seed (the postseason), it’s a damaging loss, no question.”
Davidson, meanwhile, hopes his team can build off the victory.
“If you beat the No. 2 team in 5A, I think that means you’re pretty good,” Davidson said. “I think there’s been so much focus on the Colorado Springs teams in 4A that people forget we play a pretty good brand of soccer up here. We’ve got a good side.”
Broomfield 4, Legacy 1
At Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium
Legacy 0 1 — 1
Broomfield 2 2 — 4
Goals (assists) — Broomfield: Courtney Miknis (Brooke Quinn), 10th minute; Katie Forsee (Kerri Marquardt) 24th minute; Miknis (PK), 45th minute; Marquardt (PK), 52nd minute. Legacy: Madison Gallegos, 60th minute.
Goalkeepers (Minutes-goals allowed-saves) — Broomfield: Paige Lindbloom (80-1-7); Legacy: Samantha Privett (80-4-3).