BROOMFIELD — While the members of the Broomfield girls soccer team have been careful not to discuss it too frequently throughout the bulk of the regular season, the quest for a little vengeance has been simmering for an entire year now.
On Wednesday, the Eagles finally will have an opportunity to take another shot at Cheyenne Mountain.
The victims of a shutout loss at the hands of the Indians a year ago in the Class 4A girls soccer state championship game, a Broomfield club that is far more offensively diverse will face Cheyenne Mountain once again for the 4A crown at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
“We’ve been really training all year to work up to this game,” senior Brittney Stark said. “And we have a little fire in our bellies from last year. We’re vengeful. I think that’s a good word for how we feel.”
This will mark the fourth title game appearance for veteran Broomfield coach Jim Davidson with the girls program, following a state title in 2006 and runner-up finishes last year and in 2004. Davidson believes the beauty of Wednesday evening’s finale is that it will be “strength versus strength” as Broomfield’s prolific offense attempts to solve Cheyenne Mountain’s defense — which is one of the stingiest units in the state.
After going 1-1-1 to start the season, Davidson signed off on a slight formation switch for his club following spring break, moving from a 5-3-2 to a 4-3-3 approach. Employing an extra attacker has fit the Eagles well, with Broomfield erupting for four goals in its first game after the break and compiling 85 total goals heading into the title game.
Last year, Broomfield recorded 53 goals before getting shut out by Cheyenne Mountain in the finale.
“It’s the best attacking team in the state against perhaps the best defensive team in the state,” Davidson said. “We incorporated the system just after spring break and 15 wins in a row since then, I think it certainly has paid dividends. I think they adjusted really well to the new system. It plays to our strengths and plays to our personnel.”
Since a 3-2 win at Silver Creek on April 8 — the Eagles’ second contest with their revamped formation — Broomfield has allowed just four goals in 14 games, including a composite 24-1 score in the Eagles’ four state tournament victories. The Eagles have been held under three goals only twice during their 15-game winning streak and will need similar success against a Cheyenne Mountain defense that has allowed only six goals all season.
“Last year I think we were a little scared of what was coming, scared of preparing for a game like that,” senior goalie Paige Lindbloom said. “This year we are way more settled in and ready for this. For us, it’s going to be about keeping the possession.”
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