Senior forward Hailey Stodden scored twice to lead No. 3 Broomfield over visting No. 6 Fairview 2-1 Wednesday night.
The Eagles are unbeaten in five games against Fairview since they joined the Front Range League in 2015, including a 4-1 win in the Class 5A state quarterfinals last season.
“I felt that we dealt with the pressure well tonight,” said Eagles head coach Jim Davidson. “The game became very tactical, and I thought the girls did a good job of keeping their concentration.”
Fairview senior forward Skylar Anderson opened the scoring in the sixth minute.
“The center back had it and I was working hard to get the ball back. It deflected off of her foot and Aspen, my sister, got it and played a through ball. I just ran on and had a little breakaway and scored,” she said.
Stodden answered quickly for Broomfield, knocking in a free kick from the edge of the box just four minutes later.
“We got fouled at the edge of the box, and I just took the free kick and it bent just past the keeper’s hands,” said Stodden.
Stodden scored again on a penalty kick in the 63rd minute that proved to be the difference in a tightly-contested match. She buried the penalty kick into the back of the net after a Fairview player handled the ball in the box. The goal was Stodden’s 18th of the year, to go with seven assists.
Fairview had a chance to tie the game with six minutes remaining, as sophomore forward Georgia Weeks made a winding run through the midfield and found herself open at the top of the box, but Broomfield senior goalkeeper Grace Fuller made a diving save to her right and was able to smother the rebound.
“Broomfield is always so well-organized and well-coached, they’re so hard to play,” said Fairview head coach Jeff Frykholm. “We made some uncharacteristic mistakes, and with a good player like Hailey, she’s gonna make you pay. Unfortunately we had the penalty kick in the second half, when I thought the game had evened out. That’s the way it goes sometimes.”
Defensively, the Eagles were able to keep Anderson and Weeks in check.
“Once we got those two sorted out, I think that for the most part we were able to keep them in front of us,” Davidson said.
Frykholm wants his team to dig a little deeper as they enter the last six games of the season and the playoffs.
“Right now I think we’re a team that lacks an identity. I don’t think we’re all on the same page with who we are. Not just how we play, but our culture and what it takes to win these games, the work, the attitude, the spirit. I’m not upset with the girls, but I think we need to dial in with who we are as we enter the final stage of the season,” he said.
Davidson, meanwhile, wants his team to focus on being more consistent.
“We need to be a little more patient in possession. I think when we keep the ball, we’re a really good side that can break teams down. We were a little impatient tonight because the game tightened up and we were under pressure, so I think that slowing the game down a little bit and keeping the ball and recognizing each other in possession will help us keep that consistency,” he said.
Broomfield, now 8-0-1 on the year, will head down to the Stutler Bowl to take on Cherry Creek at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Fairview, now 6-2-1, will host Poudre at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Broomfield 2, Fairview 1
Fairview (6-2-1) 1 0 — 1
Broomfield (8-0-1) 1 1 — 2
Goals (assists) — Fairview: S. Anderson (A. Anderson) 6th minute; Broomfield: Stodden (unassisted) 10th minute, Stodden (penalty kick) 63rd minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Fairview: Velds 80-2-2; Broomfield: Fuller 80-1-1.
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