BROOMFIELD — Following its losses this fall, Broomfield has made sure to not let things spiral into a soccer quagmire — avoiding the kind of downward turn that could inhibit the team’s bigger goals ahead.
“We have that kind of ‘We don’t lose twice in a row’ mentality,” coach Jim Davidson said.
In the aftermath of dropping a 4-2 decision to rival Boulder three days ago, the CHSAA Class 5A No. 10-ranked Eagles got goals from Marcus Von, Reyn Tillman and Yosef Nunez as they beat Rocky Mountain 3-0 on a frigid Tuesday night at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium.
With it, they improved to 4-0 following a loss this season.
“I think we just come together as a group,” Tillman said. “We like to say ‘Band of Brothers’ a lot. It’s all about our connection and after a game, we just flush it. We just keep going.”
Broomfield’s four losses have all come to current 5A top-10 teams — No. 2 Valor Christian, No. 3 Boulder, No. 5 Legacy and seventh-ranked Castle View.
Following those setbacks, the answer has consistently been masterful, outscoring the next opponent a combined 10-1.
In the latest and their final home game of the regular season, the Eagles’ beating of the Lobos was a microcosm of a team that knows how to handle adversity.
Davidson’s teams have always been known to use regular-season losses as a springboard to growth.
Through this season, the coach said his team has come a long way. He pointed to a guy like Tillman, who moved up from midfield to center forward to shore up a scoring line that was decimated by lost players earlier in the season.
“It’s not a position he’s totally comfortable with but he’s really adjusted well,” Davidson said. “I think we’re at a place where guys are starting to understand their responsibility. And they’re accountable for themselves and they’re playing good soccer right now.”
Tillman’s winner in the 19th minute doubled the Eagles lead and all but sank the Lobos, who played on their heels and in survival mode for most of the night.
The senior lifted a shot from outside the box that perfectly sailed over the head of Rocky Mountain keeper Eli Yoxall and rolled down the middle of the net.
The nifty chance looked expert, far from a player that is new to the position.
“At first (the change) was difficult,” Tillman said. “I’m not used to scoring goals, so that was probably the biggest change, just trying to put the ball in the net. But I think with the help of these guys it just came easy to me. They support me a lot. Jim has helped me a lot. It came kind of easy.”
Before that, Von set the tempo early with his goal in the 7th. David Little worked around a defender down the left side of the box before he crossed to Von for the one-timer to make it 1-0. Late in regulation, Nunez added the third.
With four days left in the regular season, Broomfield (9-4, 6-2 5A Front Range League) remains within a half-game out of the league lead.
As of Tuesday night, four teams — Boulder, Fort Collins, Legacy and Broomfield — still look to be in strong contention for the league title.
Broomfield is at Monarch Thursday and finishes at Horizon Saturday.