Girls soccer: Mallory Mooney tabbed player of the year

The junior had 22 goals to lead Eagles to yet another successful campaign

Broomfield's Mallory Mooney found plenty of seams in notching 22 goals this past season. She is the player of the year.
Broomfield’s Mallory Mooney found plenty of seams in notching 22 goals this past season. She is the player of the year.

Mallory Mooney, Broomfield’s dynamic soccer star, has no interest in keeping up in a household with five Division-I runners.

“They’re a lot faster than I am,” she explained.

Not to worry, there was plenty of mileage on the pitch for her in 2019.

The junior, who made it a D-I — Mooney! Party of six — when she made her reservations with the University of Auburn known in a tweet in July of last year, added to her accolades over the following months as an All-State Insurance All-American selection, a first team all-state pick and the Front Range League and player of the year.

Mooney, in her third year with the Eagles, is listed as a forward — but, really, she was everywhere in the spring. She led a program that’d been gutted of a celebrated 2018 senior class, which included two-time BoCo POY Hailey Stodden, and finished with 22 goals and five assists.

When the pressure mounted and the stage grew, she was at her best.

In a winner-take-league, regular-season finale against Fairview, she scored twice and dominated play in a 3-2 win. The victory ensured the Eagles the No. 1 spot in the 5A postseason, where they eventually fell in the second round.

“I think the best players find a way to play their best in those tough matches,” Broomfield coach Jim Davidson said. “There was a lot on the line (against Fairview) … and it was probably her best match of the season.”

Mooney scored in 13 of the 17 games and had multiple goals in seven of those.

Ask her about it though, and you wouldn’t know it.

Known for her unrelenting attack on the field, Mooney was rather soft-spoken in interviews after games — even in her biggest, stat flashiest games.

Grounded, to uncontainable, and back again.

“She’s an interesting study,” Davidson said. “She is this really charming and nice person. She has a fairly reserved personality off the field, but when she steps over the touchline to play, she’s one of the most competitive players that I’ve ever coached. She just switches something on.

“I think it’s something in the DNA of that family.”

Mooney’s entire family found that edge to make it to the highest level of collegiate sports. Her parents ran at Florida State. Her three older siblings, meanwhile, currently run at Wisconsin, Colorado State and with the Seminoles.

Family game night can get a bit heated, the junior said.

“Everyone starts yelling at each other,” Mooney cracked. “Everyone has that really competitive mindset. We all just want to win.”

Mooney is expected to return to Broomfield for her senior season, but she’ll be without fellow-forward Shaylee Gailus, who scored 13 goals and had five assists.

Her coach is aware that the spotlight on her might grow even more because of it.

“I think she’s going to have to reinvent herself a little bit and be that much more assertive next year,” Davidson said. “I think at times we’re going to ask her to actually play selfishly in order to create stuff in the box for us.

He added, “We’re going to ask her to up that load and score even more goals.”

Sounds good, Mooney said.

Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer
Broomfield’s Mallory Mooney found herself close in on the goal quite often this season and could be expected to front even more of the offensive load for the Eagles in 2020. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)