Boys soccer: Broomfield moves into semifinals with win over rival Legacy

Broomfield is back in the title conversation once again.

The 13 seed — well, it’s just a number.

Tanner Smith scored the walk-off goal in the 101st minute as the Eagles beat No. 5 Legacy 2-1 in double overtime on Saturday afternoon at North Stadium.

The state playoffs have served as a clean slate for Broomfield (12-6), which received the No. 13 seed after finishing the regular season 9-6. The Eagles beat No. 20 Liberty in the first round and won in penalties over No. 4 Denver East in the second round.

The winners of three of the last four 5A titles will face the winner of No. 1 Fairview and No. 8 Arapahoe, which played later Saturday evening. The Eagles have now reached the semifinals every year since they moved up to the state’s largest classification in 2014.

Out is Legacy (13-4-1) — what a marvelous run it had been for the Lightning. They set a program record with seven consecutive wins to start the year and beat Broomfield for the first time ever in the regular season on Oct. 9. They also finished tied for third in the Front Range League, known to be the state’s toughest league.

Rolling in with a 6-0 record at home this season, the Lightning jumped out to a quick lead on Hunter Hance’s goal in the opening minutes. But Evan Stearns tied the game at 1-apiece late in the half, and in double OT Smith’s heroics put the Eagles a game way from a return trip to the state title game.

The two 5A semifinals will be played Wednesday at EchoPark Stadium in Parker.

Broomfield 2, Legacy 1

At North Stadium

Broomfield (12-6) 1 0 1 — 2

Legacy (13-4-1) 1 0 0 — 1

Goals — Legacy: Hunter Hance; Broomfield: Evan Stearns; Broomfield: Tanner Smith.