Girls soccer: Mooney, Broomfield start quick in win over Boulder

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    Boulder's Cara Calitre, left, battles for possession with Broomfield's Mallory Mooney during their Front Range League soccer game on Tuesday night in Broomfield. The Eagles continued their hot start to the season with a 5-2 victory, as Mooney scored two goals to give her nine for the year. Visit BoCoPreps.com for more photos.

  • Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer

    Broomfield's Maddie Brady, left, plays a corner kick against Boulder on Tuesday.

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BROOMFIELD — Mallory Mooney’s rain of goals continued Tuesday night — as did Broomfield’s reign over the rest of the Class 5A Front Range League.

Mooney scored twice in her fourth multi-goal game of the season, leading the Eagles past Boulder 5-2 to remain undefeated in league play since April of 2017.

The star junior had goals in the 5th and 21st minutes, and she also served up a gorgeous assist to Shaylee Gailus in the 20th, as part of a quick 3-0 strike for Broomfield (5-0, 2-0 FRL).

After that, the dynamic scoring duo rotated on and off the field for the remainder of the half as Mooney finished with a league-leading nine goals while Gailus ended with her sixth.

What makes the Mooney-Gailus machine even scarier? Their full potential.

“(Their chemistry) has been good, although you can see tonight there were times where they lacked a little bit of understanding, and so we got to develop that partnership,” Broomfield coach Jim Davidson said. “But that’s a work in progress. They’re still feeling each other out.”

Late in the half, freshman Maddie Brady made it 4-0 in the 32nd before Boulder (3-1-1, 1-1) answered in the 37th on senior defender Reilly Madden’s team-leading fifth goal of the year.

Mirroring that, the teams also went back-and-forth in a matter of a minute in the second. Natalie Maruyama cut the deficit to 4-2 before Jordan Rosas came back in the 57th.

The result was another win for the Eagles, who looked sharp out of the spring break and continued to look strong since graduating last spring’s decorated senior class. They’ve now won each of their first five games by at least three goals.

“We had a really poor warmup, so I was actually pleased to see how that first 15 minutes went — we actually got dialed in pretty quickly” Davidson said. “But also at times you could see with both teams there were lapses in concentration.”

Mooney struck early, taking a tight-window pass from Haley Fukunaga around the right corner of the box before sending it to the opposite side of the net.

Her assist came next, flipping a long pass downfield to Gailus, who beat a defender to the ball and slipped a shot past a charging keeper.

And then … call it soccer’s version of a pick-6 when Mooney intercepted a pass on Boulder’s end before racing into the box to net her second score.

It was the first time this season Boulder had allowed more than one goal in a game.

“We knew our warmup wasn’t very good, so at the beginning of the game we were all telling each other we need to come out strong right away,” Mooney said. “So we all came out strong for each other and played for each other.”

League play continues Thursday for both teams with Broomfield hosting Poudre and Boulder at home against Horizon.

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

 

Broomfield 5, Boulder 2

At Broomfield HS

Boulder (3-1-1, 1-1)         1 1  — 5

Broomfield (5-0, 2-0)       4 1  — 2

Goals (assists) —Boulder: Madden (S. Maruyama) 37th minute; N. Maruyama (S. Maruyama) 56th; Broomfield: Mooney (Fukunaga) 5th, Gailus (Mooney) 20th, Mooney (unassisted) 21st, Brady (Frese) 32nd, Rosas (Hudson) 57th.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Boulder: Smith (80-5-4); Broomfield: Stewart (61-2-4), Friday (19-0-1).

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