BROOMFIELD — While the Broomfield girls soccer team put their undefeated record on the line Saturday morning, storied head coach Jim Davidson had to keep tabs 2,000 miles away in Boston.
“Biting my nails,” Davidson texted the Daily Camera. “I’m just dying over here.”
Breathe easy, coach.
With Davidson out of town with his wife Kay, who he said is running the Boston Marathon, things went just fine. Shaylee Gailus and Mallory Mooney each had two goals in the opening half, Lindsay Hudson added a goal on a penalty kick and had two assists, and Broomfield beat Pine Creek 5-2 to improve to 8-0 on the year.
“(Davidson) was telling us he was going to be anxious by just not being here and not being able to see what’s going on,” Hudson said. “But I know our program has a lot of good coaches and he definitely trusts all of them to take over when he can’t be here.”
Assistant coach Zach Hindman took over head duties for Davidson and was among the coaches, parents and community members who arrived at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium before the 10 a.m. start to shovel snow off the field.
As thanks, the Eagles treated their fans to a quick start. They scored four unanswered goals in the opening 20 minutes, proving more than enough to beat the Colorado Springs school for a fifth straight time.
“I think the biggest thing was the girls’ mentality coming into the game,” Hindman said. “We had coaches here at 7:30 cleaning off the field to make it playable. The whole community came out to try and get this field ready for them to play. Our big challenge to them was to say ‘thank you’ by playing well.”
Hudson assisted Gailus’ first goal in the 7th minute — her tight feed inside the box found the senior forward, who then slipped around keeper Lauren Lacy and made it 1-0.
Davidson’s phone continued to buzz with updates from Broomfield supporters.
Hudson was tripped in the box after making a nifty move and beat Lacy to the right on a penalty in the 10th. Gailus followed with her second goal in the 13th, again circling around the keeper to net her ninth of the season. And Mooney made it 5-0 with goals in the 20th and 37th, giving her a 5A Front Range League-best 12 on the season.
The community’s help “got us going,” Hudson said. “And our coach isn’t here, so we wanted to show him we can still play well.”
Pine Creek (3-4-1) scored twice late in regulation, forcing the return of Broomfield’s starting core. Mooney, Gailus and Hudson, among others, had gone to the bench earlier in the second half with a big lead but came back after Bethany Duggan and Lucy Hart scored in a span of 3:15 to cut the deficit to 5-2.
Any sniffs of a comeback ended there. Heading into the seventh week of the season, Broomfield is still perfect.
“It’s been really fun … seeing them experience success feels good,” Hindman said. “But at the same time we got to temper that a little bit and we’re taking things day-by-day and not getting ahead of ourselves.”
Broomfield will return to league play Tuesday as it travels to Mountain Range.
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Broomfield 5, Pine Creek 2
At Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium
Pine Creek (3-4-1) 0 2 — 2
Goals (assists) —Pine Creek: Duggan (unassisted) 64th minute, Hart (Duggan) 67th; Broomfield: Gailus (Hudson) 7th, Hudson (unassisted) 10th, Gailus (Mooney) 13th, Mooney (unassisted) 20th, Mooney (Hudson) 37th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Pine Creek: Lacy (80-5-7); Broomfield: Friday (80-2-6).