BROOMFIELD — It’s a spot that Jim Davidson has rarely been in during his 20 years at Broomfield.
On Tuesday night, the Eagles lost to Cheyenne Mountain 1-0 at home. On Thursday night, the Broomfield coach got to see how his team would respond against another quality team in Class 5A No. 7 Heritage.
Two-time defending 5A champion and preseason No. 1 Broomfield kept its first clean sheet of the season, blanking Heritage 1-0 to conclude the short nonleague portion of their schedule 2-1.
“We accepted the loss, because we were really good in the second half and I thought we deserved a result from the game, but Cheyenne Mountain did well,” said Davidson, whose team will start the Front Range League journey next Thursday against Mountain Range — who handed them one of their two league losses last season.
“We talked about how we judge ourselves based on our response tonight and I think the guys handled themselves well.”
It wasn’t an easy opponent to bounce back against, either. Heritage, which opened its season with a 1-0 loss to Boulder, has always been set in its defensive ways, and Broomfield knew it.
The visiting Eagles were content to keep numbers back and make Broomfield find a way to break through.
“In previous games that we have played them, they like to sit back and absorb all the pressure,” senior Daulton Logan said. “So we kind of knew it was going to be a waiting game to see who would score first, but it was just a matter of time before somebody cracked.”
Broomfield nearly broke the ice late in the first half. Off of a corner, a Broomfield player got a clean header on goal that initially beat Heritage goal keeper Jack Schulze, but was cleared off the line by Gerado Tenorio.
Broomfield (2-1), which controlled a majority of the possession, finally got the goal they were looking for in the 57th minute.
“(Heritage) is an incredibly coached defensive team and (coach) Adam (Buseck) is the master of defensive shape,” Davidson said. “We knew they were going to sit in and make it hard on us and our guys kept their patience.
“Finally Dalton took it upon himself to put us on his back and had a moment of brilliance there.”
Logan took a throw-in near the top of the box, beat one defender before he was taken down just inside the box. He was rewarded a penalty kick and quickly asserted himself as the one who was going to finish the job. He did, beating Schulze low to his right post.
“I kind of assigned that role to myself in the preseason,” said Logan, of his quick reaction to take the PK.
The game was halted with 11:53 to play due to lightning in the area and after a 30-plus minute delay, Broomfield came out and finished things off.
Davidson is confident his squad, which simply hasn’t had as much time to train like previous years, is close and is eager to embark on a league schedule that is more daunting than any other in the state.
“It’s just going to be a process, we hit the ground running last year and we just didn’t have that luxury this year and we are trying to figure each other out,” he said. “With the success we’ve had the last couple of years, I think the best thing that could have happened to us is that we lost that match, just to remind us that we are mortal and that this is going to be a process.”
Broomfield 1, Heritage 0
Heritage (0-2) 0 0 — 0
Goals (assists) — Broomfield: Daulton Logan (PK), 57th minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Heritage: Jack Schulze (80-1-9); Broomfield: Jose Ogaz (80-0-2).