BROOMFIELD — Without so much as a word, the Broomfield girls soccer team made a bold declaration on Tuesday night in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs.
A goal from the Eagles just 51 seconds in was as if to say, “let’s get this party started.” Certainly the Eagles were dancing plenty with the ball on their feet, and No. 2 seeded Broomfield had no problem advancing to the second round with a 7-1 win over No. 31 seed Legend.
Yet another hat trick for an Eagles player accompanied the win, but it wasn’t senior Hailey Stodden — though she did her work contributing a goal and an assist. Fellow senior Ashley Tuccio had a marvelous performance with three tallies, and Shaylee Gailus also scored twice in the home win.
“As a team, coming in with a lot of seniors and then some juniors adding to it, that experience just helps prepare us for this stage of the season,” said Tuccio, who finished off a corner kick for that first goal before the crowd had settled in and added scores in the 12th and 47th minutes. “I think (Tuesday) we just kind of knew that if we came out composed, it would do it for us.
“That first goal got us going, especially in a playoff game. You start to find feet, and connections just seem to come easier.”
Broomfield coach Jim Davidson knew the challenges of facing a brand new team — this was the first-ever meeting against the Titans (6-7-3) — ahead of a possible second round game Friday against Front Range League rival Fossil Ridge.
That matchup will take place (Friday at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium, 6 p.m.) thanks to a heady effort from the entire Broomfield lineup. Even after building a big enough lead to substitute his younger players for a full 30 minutes on Tuesday, the Eagles were able to add to their lead.
“I was a little bit concerned about (looking ahead to Fossil Ridge), but I was glad the girls maintained the focus and hopefully we can use this as a springboard,” Davidson said, with Broomfield now 15-0-1 on the season.
The Eagles never allowed the Titans to mount pressure, but after gaining a 2-0 advantage, Broomfield’s pace slowed just a bit for about 20 minutes. But the Eagles scored a backbreaker in the final minute of the first half, when Stodden notched her 29th goal off a rebound.
In fact, only eight seconds remained on the scoreboard when BHS made it 3-0.
Legend did get a goal back with Logan Walters’ well-placed, curving free kick in the 44th minute, but Broomfield’s senior-heavy team team responded with fury.
The Eagles scored three goals over the course of the next four minutes, including Gailus’s header of a corner kick in the 48th. Gailus’s other goal came on the end of a perfect through ball from Val Ulsh just seconds after the Titans got on the board.
Broomfield’s only non-win of the season came at the hands of Fossil Ridge — a 3-3 draw back on April 10 at BHS. The Sabercats lost three straight games to end the regular season but bounced back with a 4-0 win over Rampart on Tuesday.
“We played Fossil earlier this season and it didn’t go quite the way we wanted it to,” Tuccio said. “This is our time to take our revenge and prove ourselves.”
Broomfield 7, Legend 1
At Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium
Goals (assists) —Broomfield: Ashley Tuccio (Jessie Mooney assist), 1st minute; Broomfield: Tuccio (Lindsay Hudson), 12th; Broomfield: Hailey Stodden (Jayden Rea), 40th; Legend: Logan Walters (unassisted), 44th; Broomfield: Shaylee Gailus (Val Ulsh), 44th; Broomfield: Tuccio (Gailus), 47th; Broomfield: Gailus (Stodden), 48th; Broomfield: Isabelle Sorge (Jordan Rosas), 79th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Broomfield: Grace Fuller (53-1-2), Meghan Groom (27-0-2).