BROOMFIELD — It’s no secret the Broomfield girls soccer team has been blessed with talent for a very long time.
The 2014 version, which was cruising along at No. 3 in the CHSAANow.com Class 4A rankings with a 6-1-1 record and a 3-0 start in the Northern League, just got an upgrade.
Both Brooklynn Mooney and Zoe Zinis had to sit out the first half of the season due to the state’s transfer rules, and their addition to the Eagles rotation brought a smile to coach Jim Davidson’s face.
“We just got a whole lot better,” he said.
Mooney and Zinis were assimilated right into the rotation, and although it may take a little time for the newcomers to make their mark, their skill showed in a 5-1 win over Centaurus on Thursday night at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium.
“It’s going to take a little time to gel and for everybody to understand how (Mooney) plays,” said Davidson, whose team outshot the Warriors 18-1. “Zoe does a great job at that left back, she can move forward from there and is a box-to-box type player and a heck of an athlete.
“You see some understanding between the two of them, now we got get some understanding with their teammates.”
Mooney (who came over from Legacy) and Zinis (who transferred from Mullen), both entered the game midway through the first half with the Eagles already sporting a 1-0 lead.
And while both players came close to scoring goals — Zinis on Kerri Marquardt’s corner in the 28th minute and Mooney on several occasions in the second half — the thrill of finally being able to play was worth the wait.
“Especially on the home field,” said Mooney, who forced Warriors goalie Kathy Tran to make a difficult save in the 61st minute. “It was worth the wait, this is my second family and I love it here.”
Brittney Stark scored the first of her two goals, and Nos. 10 and 11 of the year, in the third minute. She picked apart a patchwork Warriors defense corp and beat Tran to her far post.
But that was all the Eagles had to show for a dominant first half that saw them put 10 shots on goal and control well over 90 percent of the possession.
“Our possession was good and we were knocking the ball around, but we just didn’t have purpose in the final third with our possession,” Davidson said. “That was something we tried to diagnose at halftime and I thought we did a better job with that in the second half.”
The offensive floodgates opened with Stark’s second goal, and the Eagles also got tallies from Marquardt — on a rifled shot from 30 yards out — Michaela Stark and Kristin Snyder.
Centaurus (6-6-1, 2-4) and coach Mario Bezzina knew with a limited roster due to injuries that his team might struggle to string anything together offensively.
“We crowded the center of the field as much as possible and tried to force them out, and hopefully get a breakaway or a set piece,” Bezzina said. “And it happened late, but it was better than nothing.”
The Warriors got on the board in the 80th minute. Danelle Dondelinger’s direct free kick that was awarded after Allison Ebersole was taken down was true from 30 yards out over the head of keeper Emily Wallerius.
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Broomfield 5, Centaurus 1
At Broomfield H.S.
Centaurus (6-6-1, 2-4) 0 1 — 1
Broomfield (7-1-1, 4-0) 1 4 — 5
Goals (assists) — B: Brittany Stark (unassisted), 3rd minute; B: B. Stark (unassisted), 48th; B: Kerri Marquardt (unassisted), 66th; B: Michaela Stark (unassisted), 71st; B: Kristin Snyder (unassisted), 78th; C: Danelle Dondelinger (unassisted), 80th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Centaurus: Kathy Tran (80-5-13); Broomfield: Paige Lindbloom (73-0-0), Emily Wallerius (7-1-0).