Girls soccer: Broomfield passes first test in state tournament

Eagles defend home turf in quest to return to state championship game

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    Broomfield High School's Nikki Oelker fights for the ball with a defender during a CHSAA playoff game against Pine Creek on Tuesday in Broomfield.

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    Broomfield High School's Taryn Rea heads the ball during a CHSAA playoff game against Pine Creek on Tuesday in Broomfield.

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    Broomfield High School's Shaylee Gailus heads the ball during a CHSAA playoff game against Pine Creek on Tuesday in Broomfield.

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    Broomfield High School's Shaylee Gailus heads a ball over Maddi Johnston during a CHSAA playoff game against Pine Creek on Tuesday in Broomfield.

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    Broomfield High School's Maddie Brady moves the ball towards goal during a CHSAA playoff game against Pine Creek on Tuesday in Broomfield.

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    Broomfield High School's Chelsey Stock stops a ball during a CHSAA playoff game against Pine Creek on Tuesday in Broomfield.

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    Broomfield High School's Mallory Mooney is congratulated on a goal by teammate Shaylee Gailus during a CHSAA playoff game against Pine Creek on Tuesday in Broomfield.

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    Broomfield High School's Maddie Bradie takes a shot on goal during a CHSAA playoff game against Pine Creek on Tuesday in Broomfield.

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    Broomfield High School's Isabel Magalong passes the ball upfield during a CHSAA playoff game against Pine Creek on Tuesday in Broomfield.

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BROOMFIELD — The Broomfield Eagles handled business as the top seed in the first round of the Class 5A state soccer tournament on Tuesday with a 3-0 win over the No. 32 seed Pine Creek Eagles.

Expectations are high this postseason with a return trip to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for the finals on the minds of the team, but the focus for Broomfield on Tuesday was strictly on getting by Pine Creek in the first round.

“I think we’re trying to take it step by step and not get too far ahead on ourselves,” Broomfield’s Lindsay Hudson said. “It feels good to win.”

Broomfield showed its focus in the first minutes of the game with an early goal from Mallory Mooney at the top of the goal box with only two minutes having ticked off off the clock. The start was a key for the Eagles to accomplish in their first round game.

“We talked about coming in fast and scoring early,” Hudson said. “Even though we beat them in the regular season, (Pine Creek) has been improving, too. We knew we needed to come out strong.”

Most of the first half was played in the offensive zone after the early goal for Broomfield with an aggressive midfield winning balls and forcing turnovers to get the ball back when needed. Roughly 13 minutes after the early goal, the Eagles added to the lead with Shaylee Gailus receiving a pass from Kylie Frese for a breakaway goal.

Even with the lead, the Eagles never let up and denied Pine Creek all chances to get back in the game.

BROOMFIELD, CO – MAY 7, 2019: Broomfield High School’s Maddie Bradie takes a shot on goal during a CHSAA playoff game against Pine Creek on Tuesday in Broomfield. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

Possession remained with Broomfield for the duration of the half and no legitimate scoring chances were allowed on the back end. Any time Pine Creek looked to push up the field on the attack, they were met by the defenders and midfielders who quickly got the ball out and started the counter the other way.

“We knew that if they didn’t have the ball, they couldn’t score,” Broomfield’s Isabelle Munsell said. “We really focused on winning every ball out of the air and getting it right out. We implemented that in the game today and I think it made a difference in our attack.”

More scoring chances came in the second half for Broomfield, but the only goal added to the scoreboard came from Hudson off a feed from Gailus with seven minutes remaining.

Tuesday also proved to be a good challenge for the Eagles players who are stepping into larger roles from a team that played for the state title last season. In addition to playing to the same high level as a year before, they also come in with the largest target on their backs this postseason as the top seed. In their first look at postseason play, they proved up to the task, according to their returning captains.

“The progress has been tremendous,” Munsell said. “I think we have come a long way. The girls have really come in here and have made an impact. You can’t even tell there’s been a separation and that we graduated so many players because we have some coming in for us.”

Broomfield will face the winner of Rock Canyon or Legacy in the second round and will be looking to build off the good start they got to continue their postseason run.

“Our quick start was really good and we need to keep that up,” Hudson said. “I think we need to keep our energy up. I think we fell kind of flat after the first 20 minutes. If we can put a whole 80-minute game together for our next game, we will be good to go.”

Broomfield 3, Pine Creek 0

At Broomfield High School

Pine Creek (6-7-2)        0 0  — 0

Broomfield (15-1)           2 1  — 3

Goals (assists) — Pine Creek: none; Broomfield: Mallory Mooney 2nd minute, Shaylee Gailus (Kylie Frese) 15th minute, Lindsay Hudson (Gailus) 73rd minute.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Pine Creek: Lauren Lacy 80-3-6; Broomfield: Morgan Friday 80-0-3.