• Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer

    Broomfield's Kaden Carson, left, makes a crucial stop during the early part of the Class 5A state semifinals against Arapahoe on Wednesday night at EchoPark Stadium in Parker. The Warriors would go on to win the game in a shootout. Visit BoCoPreps.com for more photos.

  • Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer

    Broomfield goalie Kaden Carson, right, hugs teammate Nathan Dishongh (No. 8) after the Eagles fell in a shootout to Arapahoe in the Class 5A state semifinals.



PARKER — Broomfield’s improbable run as the 13th seed in the state playoff bracket finally came to an end in penalties on Wednesday night.

Arapahoe keeper Spencer Cobb made spectacular saves in the fifth and sixth round of PKs to lift the eighth-seeded Warriors past the Eagles 0-0 (4-3) in the Class 5A semifinals at EchoPark Stadium.

Cobb’s teammates charged after their keeper as he sprinted around the field following the save that secured Arapahoe (16-1-2) a spot in the finals. It stopped Broomfield (12-7) a game short of reaching its fifth straight state title game.

The four prior is tied with Smoky Hill (2004-07) for most consecutive appearances in a state title game by a team in the state’s largest classification. Colorado soccer teams were sorted into classifications in 1990.

Broomfield fell to 22-2 in the playoffs since moving up to 5A in 2014. This year’s run — like the four before it — saw the Eagles rise to another level when they hit postseason play.

“Winning a league championship is not our focus. It’s about getting better and being a great team heading into the tournament,” Broomfield coach Jim Davidson said. “We had a really good final week in the regular season and we were feeling pretty good going in — and we just got better, better and better with every match.”

In chilly conditions, both teams scored in each of the first three rounds in PKs and were denied the next two rounds. Broomfield keeper Kaden Carson put his team in position for the win after he blocked a shot and watched another sail high in the fourth and fifth rounds. Cobb, though, answered with a diving save to prolong kicks into a sixth round, where Liam Anderson scored the go-ahead score.

Cobb’s final save left Broomfield stunned.

“We’re obviously disappointed,” senior defender Andres Ocampo said. “A lot of us seniors are going to be out of here, but next year we’re coming back for blood.

“Next year we’re going to get it.”

Broomfield had good looks on consecutive corners in the early minutes of the first overtime. Close, but no — an Arapahoe defender cleared the Eagles’ second chance away with his heels against the goal line.

It was the second time in the game a Warriors defender saved a goal with a clearing attempt at the doorstep of the net.

“Look, this game didn’t need to go to penalties,” Davidson said. “I thought we had our chances and we didn’t take our chances as well as we could have. We’ll accept the result.”

Brent W. New: bwnew@prairiemountainmedia.com and @brentwnew


Arapahoe 0, Broomfield 0 (4-3 PK)

At EchoPark Stadium

Broomfield (12-7)      0 0  — 0

Arapahoe (16-1-2)     0 0  — 0

Shootout Goals —Broomfield: Andres Ocampo, Gustavo Gutierrez,Tanner Smith; Arapahoe: Zach Westerman, Cameron Gail, Caleb Ballard, Liam Anderson.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Broomfield: Kaden Carson (110-0-8); Arapahoe: Spencer Cobb (110-0-12).