FORT COLLINS — The face palm is the international symbol for things just aren’t going right.
There were several moments in the first half on Tuesday night against Fossil Ridge where Broomfield coach Jim Davidson assumed said position on the end of the bench.
The funny thing is, his Eagles escaped a chaotic first half — that featured a crazy own goal, a defensive clear off the line by the same guy to commit the own goal, a saved penalty kick, several acrobatic saves on both ends and a miss on an absolute gem of an opportunity with time running out — with a 2-1 lead.
Just days after losing to Fairview in a torrential downpour in Boulder, Davidson was curious how his team would respond against another ranked foe. After a settling halftime speech, Broomfield played a more controlled second half and outclassed the SaberCats 4-2 for a pivotal result in the deep Front Range League.
“It was a little erratic tonight and a little frantic; and I think the guys over-played a little bit tonight,” said Davidson, whose CHSAANow.com‘s 5A seventh-ranked team improved to 7-2 overall and 5-2 in the FRL. “That’s to be expected sometimes with kids this age, but they worked hard and they worked for each other and sacrificed for each other tonight.”
Things got off to a great start for the Eagles in the 9th minute, when Triston Austin hit a ball perfectly from 35 yards that was tucked just under the bar and above the outstretched hand of tall goalie Logan Wette.
The chance to settle into the match with and play with the lead was the plan, but a defensive miscue by Gianni Martinez resulted in a own goal equalizer for No. 6 Fossil Ridge.
Sawyer Giles would answer back for the Eagles in the 16th minute and it gave the Eagles the lead for good … albeit for a a few more tense moments in the first half.
Seconds after the reset, Martinez bailed out his keeper, Jose Ogaz, when he cleared a ball off the line and then Ogaz acrobatically denied Blair Durand in the 27th.
Sanwhiched in between those Fossil Ridge chances was a penalty kick for the Eagles and Austin, who was denied by Wette.
For everything that was chaotic about the opening 40 minutes, the second half was a calm and beautiful effort from the Eagles across the pitch.
Davidson had a quick meeting with his forwards before the start of the second half, including Tanner Smith, who said “its was just to calm down, get the ball down and play our kind of soccer. Move it around and look for space.”
It worked, and the decisive goal of the night for the Eagles came in the 43rd minute when Smith worked his way to the end line and centered perfectly to Michael Mooney, whose clinical finish put the Eagles up 3-1.
“After talking about it, we knew we had to come out strong today because Fossil is a good team,” said Smith, who would add a goal in the 77th minute. “We knew we had to play quicker and stronger and we just couldn’t lose two in a row. This was an important league game.”
Broomfield will get another stern test on Thursday against Monarch.
BROOMFIELD 4, FOSSIL RIDGE 2
At Fossil Ridge
Broomfield (7-2, 5-2)22—4
Fossil Ridge (5-1-1, 3-1-1)11—2
Goals (assists) — Broomfield: Triston Austin (unassisted), 9th minute; Fossil Ridge: Own goal (Gianni Martinez), 11th; Broomfield: Sawyer Giles (unassisted), 16th; Michael Mooney (Tanner Smith), 43rd; Smith (unassisted), 77th; Fossil Ridge: Seth Anderson (Quincy Carlton), 80th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Broomfield: Jose Ogaz (80-2-4); Fossil Ridge: Logan Wette (71-4-7), Jack Bohl (9-0-1).