BROOMFIELD — With a bevy of goals in the opening round of the state tournament, Broomfield left little room for improvement. But the second-seed Eagles found a way Friday to polish their already brilliant game.
The team advanced in the Class 4A girls soccer playoffs with unparalleled play top to bottom at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium. Broomfield’s offense continued to burn red hot in its 6-1 victory over No. 15 Pueblo South. And its defense showed nary a weakness against one of the state’s top-scoring teams.
All in all, the way the Eagles continue to find new ways to improve their game, the players feel like there is something special building.
“We’re very confident,” Broomfield forward Courtney Miknis said. “If there is any year that we have a shot to win it all it’s this year. After all of our injuries and the weather this season we’ve been so unlucky that now it feels like something good is bound to happen for us. ”
Miknis laid the cornerstone in Broomfield’s (14-2-1) lopsided victory. The senior’s strike in the 34th minute started a run of four unanswered goals against South (13-4) to close the game. And her attack could not have come at a more opportune time.
A little less than 2-minutes beforehand, the Colts had gotten on the board when Danielle Wilson finished an assault on Broomfield’s net. Miknis’ score defused the surge that had the Eagles sweating just moments before.
“I did get a little scared off that first goal, because we had heard (Mikala Gordan) scored something like four goals in eight minutes South’s last game,” said Miknis, who finished the evening with two goals. “We’re were like, oh god, here we go.”
The Gordan tsunami never reached landfall, in part, due to the momentum shift the Eagles’ offense delivered. But the Colts’ high-scoring offense also never gained footing because Broomfield’s backfield stood its ground.
“Our backs and (keeper) Paige Lindbloom did a good job organizing them,” Broomfield coach Jim Davidson said. “We made it a little scary letting them in at 2-1, but the girls responded at halftime.”
The match was the eighth of the past nine where Broomfield has scored four or more goals. And at the crux of the team’s offensive production — once again — was Brittney Stark. The junior striker came out of the first round with three goals and added two more Friday evening.
The University of Colorado recruit notched back-to-back goals out of halftime to put the final nails in the Colts’ coffin.
“It was a very unexpected result,” said Stark, who also finished with two assists. “We came into tonight nervous. They’re a very good team, but we pulled through very well.”
The Eagles’ win means they host Tuesday’s quarterfinal round against No. 7 Mullen (10-4-3).
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Broomfield 6, Pueblo South 1
At Broomfield H.S.
Pueblo South (13-4) 1 0 — 1
Broomfield (14-3-1) 3 3 — 6
Goals (assists) — Pueblo South: Danille Wilson (Jayma Martin), 32nd minute. Broomfield: Katie Forsee (Michaela Stark), 9th minute; Courtney Miknis (Brittney Stark), 16th minute; Courtney Miknis (Brittney Stark), 34th minute; Brittney Stark (Michaela Stark), 47th minute; Brittney Stark (Katie Forsee), 49th minute; Michaela Stark (Kristin Snyder), 58th minute. Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Pueblo South: Shannon Patterson (80-6-9). Broomfield: Paige Lindbloom (72-1-5); Alyssa Kimber (80-0-1).