BROOMFIELD — Imagine jumping into a swimming pool in full soccer uniform. Follow that by taking a shower while still wearing it.
That provides a hint of the rain-sopped conditions that saturated the Broomfield turf Friday night, but the host Eagles seemed mostly undeterred. The No. 4 seed in the Class 5A playoff bracket, the Eagles produced a very Broomfield-like result in a 3-0 second-round win against No. 11 Regis Jesuit.
“As you saw, the ball was stopping while we were playing it,” said Eagles junior Makena Bambei, who registered her team-best 12th assist on Zoe Zinis’ early goal. “It came down to who wanted it more, and we really wanted to do this for our seniors.”
Broomfield (15-1-1), which has been playing much of the season without standout senior Hailey Mazzola (torn ACL), will face fifth-seeded Pine Creek in Wednesday’s quarterfinals.
Zinis scored on a set piece in the fifth minute, created by a corner kick from Bambei, and Michaela Stark broke through for a pair of goals in the second half. The tallies gave Stark an Eagles-high 14 for the season.
While standing water surrounded many areas near the field, the turf looked decent at the outset. But the rain never let up and even increased its ferocity at times.
“You had two teams that really wanted to play soccer and I thought the conditions made that very challenging tonight,” Broomfield coach Jim Davidson said. “Having to deal with a slick field forced both teams to maybe be a little more direct, but I thought our girls handled it well.”
Davidson lauded his team’s ability to maintain possession and to break down the Raiders (7-6-4) after a strong burst out of the gates by the Raiders.
Zinis’ goal off of Bambei’s corner quickly reversed any Regis momentum.
“We worked on that play a lot,” Bambei said. “We had some troubles playing it out of the air because they have some really good defenders out of the air. We decided to play it on the ground and it just worked really well.”
Stark scored both her goals from roughly the same spot, one eight minutes into the second half, the other with eight minutes remaining. From the right flank, she beat Raiders keeper Emily Griffith to the far post each time.
The first one was more of a well-placed, arcing shot while the second was a rocket. Broomfield had several other near-misses that would have made things much more lopsided.
“We took our chances, but we just didn’t finish as well as we could have,” Davidson said. “Michaela I thought did a great job of staying with it, after being a little frustrated early after she had created some great chances and just hadn’t gotten on the winning end of them.
“She stayed with it. She’s a classic striker.”
Now it’s on to Pine Creek (15-2), which extended its winning streak to 13 games Friday. The Pine Creek Eagles got a goal in double-overtime from Jayne Lydiatt to shed No. 12 Rocky Mountain 1-0.
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Broomfield 3, Regis 0
At Broomfield HS
Regis Jesuit (7-6-4) 0 0 — 0
Broomfield (15-1-1) 1 2 — 3
Goals (assists) — Broomfield: Zoe Zinnis (Makena Bambei), 5th minute; Broomfield: Michaela Stark, 48th. Broomfield: Stark, 72nd.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Regis Jesuit: Emily Griffith (75-3-7), Jenna Hamilton (5-0-0); Broomfield: Shannon Mooney (80-0-5).