BROOMFIELD — First-round state playoff games have never been an issue in recent decades for the Broomfield girls soccer team.
As one of the top seeds year after year, the Eagles typically feast on their first opponents of the postseason.
Tuesday night was certainly no exception as second-seeded Broomfield pummeled No. 31 Denver South 10-0 in the 4A playoff opener at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium. The game was ended after about 50 minutes due to the 10-goal-differential mercy rule.
For the record, Broomfield has now outscored its last seven first-round opponents by a combined 53-0.
But now, if history is any guide, the Eagles can’t count on any more gimmes. After all, since winning the state title in 2006, Broomfield has been eliminated in the second round twice, the quarterfinals three times and the semifinals once.
Next up this year, the Eagles (13-2-1) will host 15th-seeded Pueblo South — a 5-3 winner over Coronado — on Friday in the round of 16.
“If you fail to keep your concentration at tournament time, it can come up to bite you,” said veteran Broomfield coach Jim Davidson, who noted his top-seeded 2011 team lost in the second round to Lewis-Palmer. “You never know. If you don’t take advantage of it and you’re not prepared, obviously you can go out early.
“But I think we have some seniors that will be reminding the girls of that (2011) memory, and hopefully we don’t stumble.”
On Tuesday night, Broomfield’s biggest concern was making sure goals and assists were well-distributed. That’s the nature of the beast when a team leads 8-0 at halftime.
Against Denver South, junior Katie Forsee (three goals, one assist), freshman Michaela Stark (three goals), junior Kristin Snyder (two goals, one assist) and senior Courtney Miknis (one goal, two assists) did the most damage.
Although Denver South (4-10) wasn’t much of a hurdle to overcome, Broomfield took a businesslike approach to advancing.
“It’s another playoff game,” said Forsee, who scored three of Broomfield’s first seven goals. “We have to take them all seriously.”
The Eagles took advantage of short goal kicks by Denver South in the early going, making the Rebels pay on a regular basis. Forsee started the goal deluge by heading in a corner kick by Kerri Marquardt less than six minutes into the contest.
Meanwhile, Broomfield’s goalkeepers weren’t challenged. South’s only shot on goal — and it wasn’t much of one — didn’t come until after intermission. The result was BHS’ 10th shutout victory of the season.
But the playoff tests will come soon enough, and the Eagles just hope this year they have the right stuff to make a deep run in the postseason.
“We just need to be who we are because we’re all great athletes,” Stark said. “We know what we’re doing, so we just need to stay mentally strong and physically strong and we’ll be fine.”
As for Davidson, he sees something in this team that he thinks might set it apart from recent Eagle squads.
“I think we’re a much better team than we’ve been,” he said. “Since I’ve been back (as coach, starting in 2010) we’ve had good teams. I don’t want to take anything away from those teams, but I do believe our ability level is better this year. … So I think this is a team that can make a run.
“Where maybe the last couple of years we were hoping we would be competitive against the best teams in the state, we expect to be this year.”
Broomfield 10, Denver South 0
At Broomfield H.S.
Broomfield (13-2-1) 8 2 — 10
Denver South (4-10) 0 0 — 0
Goals (assists) — Broomfield: Forsee (Marquardt assist), 6th minute; M. Stark (Miknis), 13th minute; M. Stark (Forsee), 15th minute; Mazzola (Miknis), 16th minute; Forsee, 26th minute; Miknis (PK), 32nd minute; Forsee (Bambei), 33rd minute; M. Stark (Kr. Snyder), 39th minute; Kr. Snyder, 49th minute; Kr. Snyder, 50th minute.
Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Denver South: Franco (50-10-9); Broomfield: Lindbloom (40-0-0), Kimber (10-0-1).