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Boys soccer: Broomfield back on top in 5A

The Eagles beat Regis Jesuit for program’s eighth title

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    BEST 1. DENVER, CO - Nov. 15, 2019: The Broomfield High School boys including Mawolo Easton, left, Gustavo Gutierrez, Jack Stoecker and Isaiah Sorge celebrate with the trophy after winning the CHSAA 5A State Championship game against Regis Jesuit on Friday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. Broomfield won the game 1-0. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

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    DENVER, CO - Nov. 15, 2019: Broomfield High School's Gustavo Gutierrez celebrates after scoring the game winning goal during the CHSAA 5A State Championship game against Regis Jesuit on Friday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. Broomfield won the game 1-0. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

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    DENVER, CO - Nov. 15, 2019: Broomfield High School's Andrew Boettcher heads the ball over Braden Murphy during the CHSAA 5A State Championship game against Regis Jesuit on Friday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. Broomfield won the game 1-0. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

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    DENVER, CO - Nov. 15, 2019: Broomfield High School's Zane Jacobson moves the ball past Casey McCloskey during the CHSAA 5A State Championship game against Regis Jesuit on Friday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. Broomfield won the game 1-0. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

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    DENVER, CO - Nov. 15, 2019: Broomfield High School's Zane Jacobson moves the ball past JP Pak during the CHSAA 5A State Championship game against Regis Jesuit on Friday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. Broomfield won the game 1-0. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

  • Jeremy Papasso/ Staff Photographer

    DENVER, CO - Nov. 15, 2019: Broomfield High School's Gustavo Gutierrez celebrates after winning the CHSAA 5A State Championship game against Regis Jesuit on Friday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. Broomfield won the game 1-0. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

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    DENVER, CO - Nov. 15, 2019: Broomfield High School's Evan Stearns gets a fast break during the CHSAA 5A State Championship game against Regis Jesuit on Friday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. Broomfield won the game 1-0. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

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    DENVER, CO - Nov. 15, 2019: Broomfield High School's John Luc-Harbour celebrates after winning the CHSAA 5A State Championship game against Regis Jesuit on Friday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. Broomfield won the game 1-0. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

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    DENVER, CO - Nov. 15, 2019: Broomfield High School goalkeeper Jack Stoecker makes a save during the CHSAA 5A State Championship game against Regis Jesuit on Friday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. Broomfield won the game 1-0. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

  • Jeremy Papasso/ Staff Photographer

    DENVER, CO - Nov. 15, 2019: The Broomfield High School boys celebrates after winning the CHSAA 5A State Championship game against Regis Jesuit on Friday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. Broomfield won the game 1-0. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

  • Jeremy Papasso/ Staff Photographer

    DENVER, CO - Nov. 15, 2019: Broomfield High School's Gustavo Gutierrez, center, celebrates a goal with teammates during the CHSAA 5A State Championship game against Regis Jesuit on Friday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. Broomfield won the game 1-0. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

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    DENVER, CO - Nov. 15, 2019: Broomfield High School's Zane Jacobson moves the ball towards the goal during the CHSAA 5A State Championship game against Regis Jesuit on Friday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. Broomfield won the game 1-0. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

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    DENVER, CO - Nov. 15, 2019: Broomfield High School's Andrew Boettcher, hugs teammate John Luc-Harbour after winning the CHSAA 5A State Championship game against Regis Jesuit on Friday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. Broomfield won the game 1-0. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

  • Jeremy Papasso/ Staff Photographer

    DENVER, CO - Nov. 15, 2019: The Broomfield High School boys including Gustavo Gutierrez, center, Jack Stoecker and Isaiah Sorge, right, celebrate after winning the CHSAA 5A State Championship game against Regis Jesuit on Friday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. Broomfield won the game 1-0. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

  • Jeremy Papasso/ Staff Photographer

    DENVER, CO - Nov. 15, 2019: Broomfield High School's Gustavo Gutierrez scores the game winning goal during the CHSAA 5A State Championship game against Regis Jesuit on Friday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. Broomfield won the game 1-0. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

  • Jeremy Papasso/ Staff Photographer

    DENVER, CO - Nov. 15, 2019: Broomfield High School's John Luc-Harbour fights for the ball during the CHSAA 5A State Championship game against Regis Jesuit on Friday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. Broomfield won the game 1-0. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

  • Jeremy Papasso/ Staff Photographer

    DENVER, CO - Nov. 15, 2019: The Broomfield High School boys celebrates after winning the CHSAA 5A State Championship game against Regis Jesuit on Friday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. Broomfield won the game 1-0. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

  • Jeremy Papasso/ Staff Photographer

    DENVER, CO - Nov. 15, 2019: Broomfield High School's Isaiah Sorge heads the ball during the CHSAA 5A State Championship game against Regis Jesuit on Friday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. Broomfield won the game 1-0. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

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COMMERCE CITY — The Kings of Clutch. Make that, the Kings of Colorado.

Broomfield, which punched its ticket to the Class 5A state title game courtesy of three straight wins in extra time, ended its season with one more classic. Gustavo Gutierrez rebounded his own penalty kick to put home the lone goal in the 51st minute, goalie Jack Stoecker dazzled in net, and the Eagles beat Regis Jesuit 1-0 Friday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park to notch their eighth title in program history.

“We had to battle every game in these playoffs,” Gutierrez said. “I think it prepared us mentally and physically. We were ready for a battle and I think it showed tonight.”

As time expired on another push from the Raiders, Eagles players ripped towards their fans in celebration — they even had a few DSG Dives into the stands for good measure.

And once they grabbed the trophy at midfield, they sprinted right back.

No doubt, the road to the 2019 finale had been taxing, the Eagles admitted. But fatigue could wait.

To get here, they needed three consecutive victories over teams in the 5A Front Range League, two by way of penalty kicks against Fairview and top-ranked Legacy, and an overtime win against Boulder in the semifinals Wednesday.

With more than 304 minutes of soccer played in those three games, time seemed stuck in honey against a sweet Regis attack. The Raiders pushed often and late. The Eagles held on tight.

“This has to be one of the best (runs) in Colorado history,” Stoecker said. “Beating teams that we were unfortunate to play — Legacy, Fairview and Boulder — they’re all great teams. Having to play all those teams on one side and come out on top takes a really special team. And we were that team this year.”

Gutierrez scored his 16th goal of the year when his PK follow-up hit the back of the net. With Regis goalie Trey Tomlin scrambling to get to his feet after a diving stop, the Eagles senior stepped into the deflection and resent a chance right down the middle.

“I felt like I had a whole community, a whole amount of teammates, coaches and staff counting on me,” the guy coined as “Goose” said. “He made a great save, don’t get me wrong. I was just fortunate the ball came back to me. That’s when I said I got to finish it now.”

The Raiders quickly got back into the attacking-third, as they did much of the night, but again they had no answer for the riddle that was Stoecker. A rain of corner kicks seemed to put the Eagles on their heels, but the Santa Clara commit pushed away every chance he saw.

In the final minutes, he denied a chance from Casey McCloskey that seemed destined for the top corner of the net and swatted away an up-close opportunity from an unguarded Eli Hilt, who dropped to his knees in disbelief. Then with 1:19 remaining, he clasped McCloskey’s free kick from just outside the box for his final save.

“The guys maintained their concentration and courage and we were able to get out of it,” Broomfield coach Jim Davidson said. “We had to survive one a little bit tonight. And it felt like a grind and (the last) 30 minutes I definitely ate a lot of my nerves. So, I don’t feel real hot right now, but I am relieved.”

In his 23rd year at the helm of Broomfield, Davidson’s eight titles are two more than any other program in state history. Friday, his battle-tested team appeared in its fifth championship game since moving up to 5A in 2014, winning its fourth.

Trying to deconstruct the secret of the winningest soccer program in the state may be difficult.

The mentality is clear: Success comes in the grind.

“I’m not an easy guy to live with during the season,” Davidson said. “We do put our kids under a lot of pressure in the hopes that when we get to the postseason, they’re able to handle it. We just find a different gear of concentration and courage in the playoffs.

“I’m not sure if we’re the best soccer team all the time, but I think we have the best mentality.”