BROOMFIELD — Early on it looked like the Windsor Wizards goalkeeper Madie Slocumb was going to make it a long day for the Broomfield girls soccer team.
Slocumb made two strong saves and got a little luck when Michaela Stark’s shot at a wide-open net went wide.
A minute after that, Brittney Stark finally broke through and the Eagles were on their way. She scored again to make it 2-0 and Broomfield cruised to a 6-0 win over the Wizards in the second round of the Class 4A girls soccer state tournament on Saturday.
It was the Eagles’ 13th straight win and put them in the quarterfinals against the winner of Montrose and Lewis-Palmer on Wednesday.
Saturday’s win was met with a mild celebration more fitting for a league game, but that has more to do with the Eagles’ goal of winning it all.
Additionally, Wednesday’s quarterfinal will be the last home game for the seniors, and it should provide motivation above and beyond a chance to get to the state semifinals.
“It gets serious and it gets real that we’re making it further and further in the playoffs,” Brittney Stark said. “The celebrations will get bigger but we’re still trying to keep our heads because there’s a lot of work to be done.”
Broomfield did just enough to take care of the Wizards, who had won nine straight heading into the postseason. They had trouble generating any offense and finished with just one shot on goal.
Still, they were in it early because the Eagles had trouble finishing plays in front of the net. They finally broke through on Stark’s two goals to make it 2-0 at halftime, and then two early second half goals by Michaela Stark made it 4-0 and all but ended any upset bid for Windsor.
“We really weren’t great today. We struggled finding our play, getting into the rhythm of the game,” coach Jim Davidson said. “Brittney put us on our back early in the game, but we showed how devastating we can be in the moment when we put it together.”
The Broomfield defense was solid throughout. Windsor barely had any action in the Eagles’ zone, and then two late Broomfield goals sealed the win.
The first, by Zoe Zinis, came from far out on a shot she lobbed over backup goaltender Sophie Griggs in the 75th minute. After it went in she looked at the Broomfield bench and gave a little shrug to show her surprise.
“I called for it back. I took a few touches and just hit it hoping it would go in and I didn’t think it would but it did,” she said. “That’s why I was so surprised.”
Kristin Snyder finished the scoring in the 77th minute and the Eagles were looking ahead to Wednesday’s game.
“We have our expectations at the highest level,” Davidson said. “Our mentality right now is win and move on. The girls will celebrate this weekend because they beat a good team but they’re already thinking about Wednesday.
Broomfield 6, Windsor 0
At Broomfield High School
Windsor (14-3) 0 0 — 0
Broomfield (14-1-1) 2 4 — 6
Goals (assists) — Broomfield: Broomfield: Brittany Stark (Makenna Bambei), 10th minute; B. Stark, 27th minute; Michaela Stark (Sara Casasanta), 44th minute; M. Stark (Katie Forsee), 51st minute; Zoe Zinis (Elle Webber), 75th minute; Kristin Snyder (Hailey Mazzola), 77th minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Broomfield: Paige Lindbloom (66-0-1), Emily Walerius (14-0-0); WindsorMadie Slocumb (60-4-10), Sophie Griggs (20-2-0).