Battle Mountain soccer team beats Broomfield, advances to state finals
November 7, 2012
Steamboat Springs — With 10 seconds to go, Huskies coach David Cope took off his jacket and raised his arms in triumph.
And then there were two.
Battle Mountain soccer danced to a 2-1 win against Broomfield Wednesday night at Sports Authority Stadium in Parker in its maiden voyage at the state semifinals. The Huskies return to the Front Range for the 4A state final against Palmer Ridge, the No. 1-ranked team in the state and 5-0 winners over Mullen in the first of two games here, at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
“I am so happy,” said Roberto Diaz, who had the game-winner in the second half. “It’s amazing. First-time ever.”
“The boys showed heart," Cope said. "We’ve got some depth and some determination. I think we’ve got a little bit of quality, too.”
The Huskies are a stunning 19-0.
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“I don’t care that I got a goal,” said Heivan Garcia, who scored the first of the match. “We worked so hard to go to the finals. As long as we won, it doesn’t matter.”
As bright as the lights are and as big as the stage is at 4A Final Four, the Huskies kept it simple. They used the width of the pitch — a healthy 78 yards here; it’s 80 back in Edwards — to play their game. Alex Trujillo worked it to the left side of the end line and cut for the Broomfield goal. The junior timed his pass perfectly. Garcia ran through the box and one-timed the feed, crushing it into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute.
Broomfield did have a golden chance earlier in the half. The Eagles clanked one off the left post and missed the the ensuing open net.
The Eagles finally cracked the seal during the 46th minute on a long throw-in, which Broomfield senior Clay Fiscus dumped into the back of the net.
Though Huskies keeper Christian Espinoza probably wanted that save opportunity back, he made a brilliant save on Broomfield’s Connor Metzger just minutes later. That proved to be a momentum shift.
Diaz struck in the 53rd on a corner kick from David Suarez.
“I’m so happy,” Diaz said. “We played as a team. We did it.”
And all this greatly pleased Battle Mountain’s faithful. Though Sports Authority Stadium in Parker is a neutral site, the trip here was a lot easier for Eagles fans. Nonetheless, Huskies fans outnumbered their Broomfield counterparts in size and voice in a showing reminiscent of last week’s quarterfinals in Evergreen.
“We travel like Notre Dame,” Cope joked before the game.