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    Kira Horvath Monarch's Dan Bricker, left, and Jack Adams get to the ball before Broomfield's Luke Oberto during a corner kick.

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    Monarch's Dan Bricker, bottom, and Broomfield's Ethan Campbell collide after Bricker took a shot on the goal during the first half Thursday at Monarch High School.

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    Monarch's Jack Brynestad, left, and Broomfield's Armando Ocampo get tangled up while trying to gain possession during the first half Thursday at Monarch High School.

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    Broomfield's Luke Oberto, left and Monarch's Thomas Alder chase after a loose ball during the second half.



LOUISVILLE — Back in the day, a Marcelo Balboa autograph would fetch a pretty penny.

On Thursday night he put his signature on one of the best wins in Monarch soccer history and helped propel the Coyotes into the Class 5A state playoffs riding a huge wave of momentum.

On a cold and damp night, No. 9 Monarch scored early in each half and not only knocked off defending state champion and No. 1 ranked Broomfield 2-0, but kept the Eagles from claiming the Front Range League title.

“We’ve come a long way. Beating Boulder (on Monday), who we always look up to build our program like they have and then to beat the No. 1 team in our conference,” said Balboa, whose team wrapped up the regular season with a stellar 11-3-1 overall record and 8-2-1 for third place in the Front Range.

“I’m proud of the boys.”

The rest of the Class 5A field, including Broomfield (13-2, 9-2) will await their fate and learn their road to repeating on Sunday when the CHSAA releases the 32-team state bracket.

By virtue of the Monarch win, it opened the door for Fairview to be crowned Front Range League champions. The Knights beat Fossil Ridge 2-1 on Thursday.

Monarch jumped on the Eagles early. and made it stand up. Alonzo Fernandez was johnny-on-the-spot for the Coyotes on a fifth minute corner kick. After the ball was swung in to the near post, it was deflected away to the top of the 18, where the native of Mexico was able to finish.

“It was right in front of me and I just tapped it and it went in,” said the junior Fernandez, who scored his second goal of the season. “I knew it was going to happen. We’ve been working hard and we’ve been working like this for a long time.”

Broomfield never seemed to find any rhythm against an organized Coyotes defense that held its form and didn’t make things easy for the midfield maestro Porter Milner or the Eagles forwards.

“I thought (Monarch) were very good tonight and what I like about their team is that they know who they are and they go about it like that,” Broomfield coach Jim Davidson said. “We expected them to be really organized.

“We were a little banged up and our approach wasn’t great, but no excuses, I think Monarch was better on the evening. But we also know we are capable of better soccer.”

The Coyotes capitalized on another set piece early in the second half. With three players standing over a 25-yard direct free kick, it was senior Zach Langer that hit a ball past the wall and had it skip off the wet turf and just inside Michael Genge’s post.

Balboa was proud of his boys and their ability to stick with the plan that saw them nab two much needed victories in their final three games against Fairview, Boulder and Broomfield.

“When you believe in what we are doing and the boys buy into it, I think that is important and it is about staying organized,” he said. “I couldn’t be more proud of what these guys, especially these seniors, have accomplished. We have been grooming them since they were freshmen to get to this point and we are excited.”

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Monarch 2, Broomfield 0

At Monarch

Broomfield (13-2, 9-2)



Monarch (11-3-1, 8-2-1)



Goals (assists) —
Monarch: Alonzo Fernandez (unassisted), 5th minute; Zach Langer (unassisted), 47th.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) —
Broomfield: Michael Genge (80-2-8); Monarch: Evan Rice (80-0-3).