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Girls Soccer: Broomfield’s infectious offense lifts the Eagles in first round of playoffs

Arreola scores a hat trick for Eagles, who will play Mountain Vista in 5A quarterfinals

Broomfield sophomore midfielder Bailey Giddings (21) ...
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Broomfield sophomore midfielder Bailey Giddings (21) hugs junior forward Maddie Brady (18) after scoring against Denver East on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in Broomfield, Colo.

BROOMFIELD — ‘Dominant’ doesn’t begin to describe Broomfield girls soccer, and it didn’t want to leave any doubt when the Eagles first took the field for the first round of the Class 5A state tournament on Tuesday night.

En route to an 8-0 victory over 15th-seeded Denver East, the second-seeded Eagles put on a show at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium to keep the Angels out of contention from the very start. No wonder they’re considered one of the best teams in all of Colorado.

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BROOMFIELD, CO – JUNE 15: Broomfield senior Bella Arreola (19) kicks past Denver East senior Sarah Morrison (19) on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in Broomfield, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

Senior forward Bella Arreola, a star in her own right, scored her second hat trick of the season.

“We were expecting a hard fight because it’s playoffs now and I think we were more than ready for it,” Arreola said. “I think once we get into it, once we start scoring a couple, we just keep going. We keep rolling. Once we get that energy up, it just doesn’t drop, ever.”

Valor Christian earned the top nod in the Class 5A bracket over Broomfield. While Broomfield’s Eagles soared repeatedly throughout the first 40 minutes of play, Valor’s Eagles stayed grounded in the first half by the offensive and defensive stylings of No. 16 Legacy.

Broomfield’s 10-0-1 Eagles entered the game averaging 3.5 goals per game, and they passed that mark up when, on an extraordinarily quick turnaround, sophomore Macee McKenna and Arreola bested the Angels with back-to-back scores. That 30-second campaign put the Eagles up 4-0 in the 28th minute, just six minutes before Arreola netted the ball again.

Broomfield led 5-0 at the half and maintained that lead for much of the second after head coach Jim Davidson subbed out his entire starting lineup in the 52nd minute.

“That was great. We finished really well today,” Davidson said. “We always talk about we’re only as good as our finish, so I was pleased to see the girls get off the mark today. We had some really nice goals. There were several goals that were really well-taken, so hopefully, that gives us confidence heading into the next round.”

In the 64th minute, Arreola broke through yet again to complete the hat trick and to reap a 6-0 Eagle advantage. By the end of the 71st minute, the Eagles took flight twice more, including freshman Kayla Loughrey’s first varsity goal.

With the early blowout out of the way, the Eagles have set themselves up nicely for their quarterfinal contest against No. 10 Mountain Vista. Broomfield will host that game on Friday night.

“I would assume we’re going to see Mountain Vista, and we have a history with Mountain Vista,” Davidson said. “They’re coached by one of the great, legendary coaches in our state and one of my best coaching friends, Theresa Echtermeyer. They play very similar to us. They’re a possession-oriented team. They’re really smart in their tactical approach, so they’ll be prepared and we’ll have to play a great game on Friday night.”