Girls soccer: Broomfield, Fairview advance to 5A quarterfinals

Girls soccer: Broomfield, Fairview advance to 5A quarterfinals

BROOMFIELD — On a night when upsets occurred across the CHSAA  Class 5A girls soccer  state tournament landscape as two of the top three seeds were upset, the No. 2-seeded Broomfield Eagles were business-like against Chatfield.

The Eagles (14-2) controlled the tempo throughout as Reagan Kotschau and Macee McKenna were the two cogs in the midfield and helped dictate the team’s high press. It proved to be decisive as Broomfield pressed early and got a pair of first-half goals and added a third early in the second half as the No. 2-seed Eagles defeated the No. 15 Chargers 3-1 at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium.

Even as parents in the stands and coaches on the touchline alike heard the upsets rolling in, Broomfield didn’t blink.

“I think just once again, team chemistry is so important to us,” senior Michaela McGowan said following the game. “Scores and rankings are a big deal to other teams, but not to us. We’ve learned it doesn’t matter what you’re ranked or what stats of any sort say. It matters how you play in the moment.”

Broomfield got off to a strong start, as in the 14th minute, Bella Ganiere opened the scoring after she received a pass at the top of the 18-yard box and fired a low-driven shot past the goalkeeper to make it 1-0.

Then with four minutes remaining before the halftime whistle, the Eagles got a second. Off of a corner kick, McKenna’s service whipped into the box found the head of Kotschau who made no mistake, as her midfield counterpart’s header found the top-right corner.

“We always try and find someone strong on the ball and I saw Reagan’s run into the box and I just tried to slot it to her head,” McKenna said, who will play at the University of Memphis next season.

Broomfield has scored 10 goals in its first two games of the playoffs, and after ending the season with a blip, two losses to a pair of Fort Collins-based squads, Rocky Mountain and Fossil Ridge, head coach Jim Davidson will look to find a way to keep the squad grounded.

“We had to fight through the slog a little bit at the end and we had a hiccup at the end,” Davidson said. “… We’ve challenged the girls to really concentrate and just be better and they seem to be responding.”

The Eagles will face No. 10 ThunderRidge Monday at JeffCo’s Trailblazer stadium with the time to be determined.

No. 14 Fairview 1, No. 3 Legacy 0In a season where Fairview conceded just six goals, it only made sense that the Knights were able to pull off a 5A upset behind a 13th clean sheet of 2023.

On the goal which came in the opening 15 minutes of the second half, Elori Crosby cut in from the left wing and sent in a cross to the back post and sophomore Malia Schelin was there to bury the chance. It proved to be decisive, as Fairview will make its first quarterfinal appearance since 2017.

“There’s definitely a lot of work there but we’ve been so solid on defense,” FHS head coach Steve Griggs told BoCo Preps in a phone interview following the win. “…You have to be very clinical and that’s what it takes to beat Legacy. We played them two-and-a-half weeks ago in league and lost in overtime. The girls were very confident tonight.”

Fairview will face No. 11 Rocky Mountain in Monday’s quarterfinal at JeffCo Trailblazer Stadium in Lakewood.

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