COLORADO SPRINGS — Expectations can be a funny thing when high school sports teams change their classifications. Moving up in class would almost seem to come with an adjustment period to account for different schedules and tougher teams.
But with a 4-0 win over Doherty on Saturday, the Broomfield Eagles boys soccer team continues to show little regard for any adjustments it may need to make.
The Eagles (11-4-3) are playing their first year in 5A after years of playing as a dominant force in 4A. So far the move is paying dividends as the Eagles have advanced to the state semifinals, already a round farther than they made it in 2013.
“Not bad for the smallest team in 5A,” Eagles coach Jim Davidson said with a smile. “We’re really excited, the guys are in great form right now, they have excellent belief and the style of play we’re capable of is really dangerous.”
The Eagles found themselves getting plenty of early chances in the Doherty zone, including two corner kicks. But the best early chance for either team came when Spartans midfielder Carlos Donelson had a clear one-on-one path to the goal, but was seemingly pulled down in the box.
No foul was called and Broomfield began to press the attack again. They finally hit pay dirt when Tyler Hulst received a clean pass from Luke Cangilla and put it past Doherty keeper Nick Pallisco to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
“We’ve always been an attacking and possession-oriented program,” Davidson said. “(Despite the early lead) we thought we were flat in our play and thought we could play better and impose ourselves a little bit more.”
Shortly after the goal, the Spartans began to show some frustration as midfielder Anthony Acosta was tagged with a yellow card. The Eagles remained patient as they held the lead and found another opportunity the 33rd minute as Daulton Logan lobbed a ball in the direction of Porter Milner who had slyly positioned himself in front of the net. Milner buried the header in the back of the net to extend Broomfield’s lead to 2-0.
“We were just persistent,” Milner said. “We’re hitting our peak play right now and it’s awesome. We can possess and we can attack when we need two.”
Coming into the second half, the primary focus for the Eagles was to continue to attack and try to net a third goal in order to take the Doherty crowd out of the game. Twenty minutes into the second half they got their wish as Milner executed a flip-throw into a crowded goal box that resulted in a shot from Justin Hamm going off the crossbar and landing right in front of Joe Clouse, who easily put it in the wide open net.
Armando Ocampo would put another in for good measure about 12 minutes later to bring the final score to 4-0. From start to finish, the Eagles had come into Doherty’s house and completely outplayed the Spartans.
“I think Broomfield did a great job at executing a plan to attack the long ball quickly and to push forward with numbers,” Spartans coach Jon Shub said. “That wasn’t reciprocated on our side.”
The Eagles are now set to play in the first semifinal game Wednesday, which will be at 5 p.m. at Legacy Stadium in Aurora.
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Broomfield 4, Doherty 0
At Garry Berry Stadium
Broomfield (11-4-3) 2 2 — 4
Doherty (14-4-2) 0 0 — 0
Goals (assists) — Broomfield: Tyler Hulst (Luke Cangilla), 20th minute; Portner Milner (Daulton Logan), 33rd minute; Joe Clouse (unassisted), 61st minute; Armando Ocampo (Milner), 73rd minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Broomfield: Michael Genge (80-0-4); Doherty: Nick Pallisco (80-4-6).