ENGLEWOOD – It only took one leg kick to send Broomfield girls’ football back to the state title game.
Sophomore Reagan Kotschau took on the role of hero as the second-seeded Eagles passed No.3 Cherry Creek, 1-0, in the Class 5A semifinal game at the Englewood High School Wednesday night.
âI just remember Bella (Arreola) had the ball, just outside the right side of the 6 (yard) line, was under a ton of pressure, found me a quick layoff, then the ‘kind of lit up with the inside of my foot,’ Kotschau said. âIt was a great time in the playoffs. Knowing that this goal gets us to the final really sets it up. “
Broomfield (12-0-1) will make the final for the first time since placing second in Class 5A in 2018. It will be the Eagles’ fifth championship appearance since 2013.
From the start of the clock, the Eagles and Bruins engaged in a physical and defensive battle, and any score could have spell disaster for the hapless opponent. Luckily for Broomfield, it ended in his favor.
Broomfield entered the game putting maximum pressure on Cherry Creek as the Eagles capitalized on the momentum early on. But as soon as the Eagles got closer to the Bruins’ goal area, Cherry Creek’s rock-solid defense brought them to a halt.
It was nothing compared to Broomfield’s stifling defense.
For much of the first half, the Bruins didn’t see as many stares as the Eagles did, although they did come dangerously close to scoring a few times. Halfway through that frame, the Bruins fired a long, high shot that bounced off the crossbar. Broomfield junior goaltender Dylan Drennan didn’t let anything else go, even though the near miss gave the Bruins a little more firepower.
Then the tides turned more in Cherry Creek’s favor.
Soon after, the Bruins brought Drennan out of the goal area and, with the awkward rebound, the ball followed behind her. With a Cherry Creek player on her tail, she once again shut down the Bruins’ offense and stole a golden opportunity.
At the end of the second half, Drennan saved the Eagles again when she raised her hand to hit a well-placed corner away from the net.
âWe really played our best,â said Drennan. âI knew I had to do my job to keep our team in the game and that Wednesday was just my time to shine and show my team what I can do and trust myself. These are the days that I live for.
Always on the lookout for moose, Broomfield first pierced the veil. In the 35th minute, Kotschau took advantage of the chaos that ensued around her and launched her shot from 15 yards. The slow kick slipped right past Cherry Creek goalie Gabby Sabatier.
The Eagle’s defense remained firm for the remainder of the game and showed no signs of weakening.
With the semifinals in their rearview mirror and the state title game on the road, the Eagles will now prepare to face the winner of No.4 Rock Canyon and No.1 Valor Christian, who played on Wednesday. evening at Englewood.
The Eagles only have one state title to their name right now, and it’s a feat they haven’t achieved since 2006. They’ll look to change that at 3 p.m. Saturday at Weidner Field in Colorado Springs. .
“(Defense) did an amazing job keeping the game in front of us the entire game and with a lot of courage without Taryn Rea – one of our starting center-backs – (at a club tournament),” the head coach Jim Davidson mentioned. âWe had to move some players and I thought our defensive line and Dylan just played with a ton of courage. I think that’s just the mindset we’ve been trying to preach with the next player, the next game mindset. “