BROOMFIELD — In the first few pages of a new book, if Chapter 1 doesn’t draw you in, then you are likely to put it down.
The Broomfield versus Fairview soccer tale spent a long time in production, teased us a few times with the random scrimmage over the years, but finally came to fruition on Thursday night at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium.
Like any good thriller, it was worth the wait.
Broomfield, behind the strength of a Cody Ewing goal in the 25th minute, prevailed 1-0 to move to 4-1-1- overall and 2-0 in the Front Range League.
“I though it was going to be really tight tonight and I thought our back did a wonderful job especially when Fairview won a little bit of possession and won the game in the second half,” Broomfield coach Jim Davidson said. “I think our kids did a really good job of handling the pressure.”
Early on the Knights (3-3, 1-3) looked the more polished side, creating and connecting with ease, but finding no finish to their build-up.
“We just didn’t have that rhythm and connection in the attacking third of the field,” Fairview coach Stan Jozwiak said. “We really had to work for what we got.”
And what the Knights received in terms of quality didn’t arrive until the second half. Despite finishing with five shots on target, none of them had the gusto that Andy Vaughn’s one-on-one chance with Broomfield keeper Michael Genge had in the 58th minute. Vaughn tracked a ball down and got to the top left side of Genge’s box, where the keeper came out to meet, all the while, holding his line and deflecting the shot out of play.
“We just didn’t have any flow coming out of the midfield and into the attacking third,” Jozwiak added. “We left a lot of ball right there.”
As good as Genge’s one big save was, Fairview keeper Alex Ray was equally on his game. The Knights senior made the first two of his six big saves in the 16th minute, first diving to his right to deny Tyler Hulst and then, after failing to corral the rebound, recovered to stop Armando Ocampo on the doorstep.
With possession clearly in their favor, the Eagles got the ball to their playmaker, Porter Milner, and he was key in setting up the goal.
His initial cross came to the foot of Riley Shea, whose two attempts were blocked by a Fairview defender. The second rebound came right to the foot of Ewing who was able to finish past an off-balance Ray.
“The coaches talked a lot about it at halftime, about how good it would feel to beat them and we did,” Ewing said. “I just kind of found it out of the mess there and placed it.”
Ewing nearly bagged his second of the night just before halftime, but his huge blast from the top of the box was pushed away acrobatically by Ray.
Ray was bailed out by his defense, notably senior Nick Lyon, in the 54th minute when he cleared a Luke Oberto shot off the line.
In their first go-through in the Class 5A ranks, Thursday night’s win was a little extra special for Davidson and Co.
“Fairview is obviously a perineal power and Stan always has them so organized that I always think that that is a team that plays at the top,” Davidson said. “So for us to get a win like that against a really quality side is a good step for us in the 5A realm.”
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Broomfield 1, Fairview 0
At Broomfield HS
Fairview (3-3, 1-3) 0 0 — 0
Broomfield (4-1-1, 2-0) 1 0 — 1
Goals (assists) — Broomfield: Cody Ewing (unassisted), 25th minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Fairview: Alex Ray (80-1-6); Broomfield: Michael Genge (80-0-5).