Girls soccer: Broomfield stays unbeaten with 2OT win over Monarch

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    Broomfield''s Izzy Munsell, right, and Monarch''s Nailah Harpring work against each other during their soccer game played Thursday night at Broomfield. The teams went to double-overtime, and the host Eagles emerged with a 3-2 victory to keep them undefeated at 9-0. Visit BoCoPreps.com for more photos.

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    Broomfield teammates surround Mallory Mooney, second from right, after she scored a goal early against Monarch on Thursday night.

  • Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer

    Broomfield goalie Emily Stewart makes a save Thursday night against Monarch.

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BROOMFIELD — Shaylee Gailus had two golden opportunities for the Broomfield Eagles in Thursday’s first overtime period to erase the two-goal lead they gave up to Monarch, but her first look on a breakaway sailed past the side bar and her second shot with no one but the goalie to challenge sailed high over the net.

In double-overtime, however, Gailus finally came through. On a corner kick from Maddie Brady with a header in the box, she gave Broomfield a 3-2 win on its home field and kept the No. 4 ranked Eagles unbeaten at 9-0 while handing the Coyotes (6-1-1) their first loss of the season.

“It just felt so good,” Gailus said. “After all that we do in practices to put everything together, it’s nice to pull out a win in this one.”

Broomfield started strong by getting through the Monarch defense and putting some shots on goal in the first half. Controlling the game and doubling up the shots on goal, the Eagles were rewarded with a goal from Mallory Mooney at the midway point and then Brady with 10 minutes left in the first half to take a 2-0 lead.

The game could have been put out of reach early as Broomfield got plenty of quality scoring chances, but a number of shots sailed high or hit the crossbar that prevented them from extending the lead.

“It was a poor finishing night for us,” Broomfield coach Jim Davidson said. “You’re only as good as your finishing. We finally got it done. We should have had more composure in the first half in front of the goal, and then we lost a little composure in the box. We have some things to work on.”

Midway through the second half, the game flipped as Monarch began to generate the scoring chances and put pressure on the Broomfield defense. They were able to get a few shots on goal to challenge the goalie and then finally beat her when Daisy Light got a rebound off a save and put it in the back of the net for the first goal.

From there, Monarch continued to press forward and put pressure on the defense. A few more shots came as they were searching for the equalizer. With 2:20 left in regulation, Bailey Wallace got some separation in front of the box and was able to turn and deliver a strike on goal. Her shot sailed into the net for the tying goal to force overtime.

“We fixed our shape and it all changed in the last 20 minutes of the game when the forwards started connecting with the midfield,” Monarch coach Troy Tewalt said. “We were building numbers in and that’s when we started seeing (Broomfield) on their heels a bit.”

Light had the first chance to win the game in overtime with a shot in the midfield for Monarch. Shortly after Galius missed her breakaway chance, Monarch’s Allie Larsen drew her second yellow card that put the team down a player the rest of the game.

The header from Galius to get the win was a relief for Davidson as he sees his team trying to keep up with the one from 2018 that reached the state championship game. Getting off to the start they have has been critical with many younger players stepping in this spring.

“If you told me with this young a team and a team that lost a lot to graduation that we would be 9-0 at this point, I would have thought you were crazy,” Davidson said. “The girls are doing extremely well and growing up quickly.”

The win also sees Broomfield as the lone unbeaten team in the Front Range League and in control of its own destiny for a league title and a high seed in the state tournament.

“We want to see what we can do to live up to what they left on the field last year,” Gailus said.

Brandon Boles: bboles@prairiemountainmedia.com or twitter.com/BrandonBoles

 

Broomfield 3, Monarch 2

At Broomfield High School

MONARCH (6-1-1)            0 2 0 0  — 2

BROOMFIELD (9-0)          2 0 0 1  — 3

Goals (assists) —Monarch: Daisy Light 60th minute, Bailey Wallace 77th; Broomfield: Mallory Mooney 19th, Maddie Brady 30th, Shaylee Gailus (Brady) 92nd.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Monarch: Sarah Hunter (92–3-12); Broomfield: Emily Stewart (92-2-11).