BROOMFIELD — It had been exactly 287 days since Boulder and Broomfield staged one of the most epic matches in state history in the Class 5A title match at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
The players were different and, most certainly, so were the stakes, but Saturday night’s rematch at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium certainly had the feel of something very special.
The sequel lived up to the billing and Boulder, much like it did on that November night — albeit in 14 rounds of a penalty shoot-out — got the better of Broomfield 1-0 in front of packed house.
“I’m just so proud of this team and how we responded to that early pressure and we made the adjustments and dealt with it,” Boulder senior defender Quinn Frankovsky said. “The center back — Eric Ramirez, Omar (Castruita) and Nick (McCabe) and everyone that came of the bench had a fantastic game and contributed.”
The early going belonged to a Broomfield team, that despite a number of new faces all over the pitch, started the season ranked No. 2 by CHSAANow’s Class 5A preseason poll.
They controlled the midfield, which in turn led to the vast majority of the possession in the opening 25 minutes, but the failure to connect with anything in the finishing third of the field resulted in very few quality chances. In fact Boulder’s defense limited Broomfield to just one first-half shot on goal and two total for the match.
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