BROOMFIELD — Leave it to the Broomfield girls soccer team to muddy the playoff waters for Legacy the first time the Eagles got a chance.
As bitter a rivalry as it is between the two schools across the board, being directly responsible for knocking out the neighboring school from the postseason has its rewards.
Of course, even after the new Front Range League foes played to a 1-1, double-overtime draw at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium on Thursday night, the league champion Eagles still may see the Lightning once more this season. The tie kept Legacy in fifth place in the FRL — the last guaranteed spot out of the league.
A Fossil Ridge win against Monarch on Friday would complicate matters further, which was why the Lightning was hoping for a win in their regular season finale.
“It was a game full of emotions, and it was well fought by both teams,” Legacy’s Kaylee Kennedy said after the game. “It just (stinks) because we really needed a win to ensure our place in the playoffs. We’re still hoping we can get in.
“We have to see what else happens now.”
With the wind in their favor in the second half, the Eagles (13-1-1, 10-1-1 FRL) managed to rally yet again in this wild late string of five consecutive overtime games — this being the first one BHS did not come up with a winner.
Brooklyn Mooney’s goal in the 57th minute off a deflected crossing pass locked the contest up at a goal apiece, and keepers Shannon Mooney (of the Eagles) and Victoria Bonahoom (Legacy) kept it that way though 20 extra minutes of play.
Makenna O’Grady scored a penalty-kick goal for Legacy (8-4-3, 7-3-2) in the first half, but windy conditions helped the team kicking southward the entire game. That happened to be Broomfield on Thursday, and the Eagles outshot Legacy 6-1 in the second half.
“It was good for us that (Legacy) came out really strong because it prepares us for the playoffs,” said Broomfield’s Brooklynn Mooney, a junior who notched her first goal of the season. “We’re really working on finishing it in the first 80 minutes, though.”
From the outset, both teams accepted the challenge brought about by matching up against each other to end the regular season. Play was pretty wide open, with each team producing chances as they mixed it up in the attack area.
Legacy’s Gracie Armstrong nailed the crossbar 30 seconds into the game and did it again on an angled shot a short time later, while Broomfield’s Michaela Stark countered with a handful of high rockets from long distance that narrowly missed.
Kennedy set up the first goal in the 27th minute, as she took the ball in from 30 yards and through a couple of layered defenders before drawing a foul in the 18-yard box. O’Grady punched the ball in successfully to give the Lightning a 1-0 advantage.
The Legacy defense backed up Bonahoom in the 53rd minute after a lengthy free kick from Zoe Zinis bounced out to the goalie’s left side and got her out of position, but the Eagles found the net a few minutes later when Hailey Stodden sent a crossing pass that bounced off a body and away from the goal.
Mooney, however, stepped up to the ball and had no problem keeping it low and out of the wind.
Makena Bambei had two decent chances to score in regulation, hitting another post in the 63rd minute, while O’Grady just missed wide left on a shot with less than 1 minute left on the clock. Both overtime sessions featured lengthy shots on goal that were effortless saves for Bonahoom (10 saves overall) and Shannon Mooney (5 saves).
Broomfield head coach Jim Davidson said he saw some tired legs in his girls thanks to a challenging stretch, but he thinks his team will be better in the end for it.
“You could see us fading at the end,” Davidson said. “I was a little nervous about having a rivalry game to end the season, but maybe it will help out both teams because it felt like a playoff game. Our girls will understand what that’s like now.”
For Legacy coach Luke Meadows, he’ll happily take the 4-1-1 mark the Lightning have played to in their last six contests, particularly if his club does make the postseason.
“I think it was a fair result, both teams battled and were able to go at each other well,” Meadows said. “At the beginning of this season, we would have lost that game, no question. Mentally, the group is a lot different now than they were then. We finished strong and put ourselves in a good position.”
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Broomfield 1, Legacy 1 (2OT)
At Broomfield HS
Legacy 1 0 0 0 — 1
Broomfield 0 1 0 0 — 1
Goals (assists) — Legacy: Makenna O’Grady (penalty kick), 27th minute; Broomfield: Brooklynn Mooney (Hailey Stodden assist), 57th minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Legacy: Victoria Bonahoom (100-1-9); Broomfield: Shannon Mooney (100-1-5).