Path to state championships crosses local region – Colorado Hometown Weekly


When the Boulder County and Broomfield County prep women’s soccer teams first take to the field in the spring of 2022, three will have major targets on their backs.

Last June, in an incredible few hours for the local ladies, Dawson, Holy Family and Broomfield all won state championships on the same day at Weidner Field in Colorado Springs. The Class 2A Dawson Mustangs started the day with the highest scoring state championship in Colorado girls’ history with a dominating 15-4 win over Telluride.

Twelve-seeded Holy Family immediately followed that up with a stunning 2-1 over No. 2 Evergreen in the Class 4A title match, in which Gianna Sandoval scored the match winner from 30 yards out. with 12 seconds left in regulation. Broomfield’s 5A Championship match was next on the roster.

The Holy Family Women’s Soccer Team hoists the trophy after defeating Evergreen during the Colorado State 4A Women’s Soccer Championships on Saturday, June 26, 2021 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Long before the start of the season, Holy Family coach Michelle Griego had no doubts that her team would end up there.

“I really believed our girls were going to win the state,” she said. “I emailed them at the start of the season that we were going to do this. They’re a really good girl group and I think everyone underestimated them a bit. They were a really special group, that’s for sure.

The dramatic ending, sure, was the icing on the cake, but not for everyone.

“To have our neighbor on the road winning the fashion he won was great,” said Broomfield coach Jim Davidson. “One of the things that really worried me about this Holy Family game – we were supporting them, obviously – but a lot of our girls are friends with the Holy Family kids or played football with them. them.

“There were my girls, waiting for our game and waiting for our time to get into the locker room and get ready for our game, so my girls were all watching the Holy Family game and the way that game ended, so so dramatic, really worried me. My girls were all super excited for their friends and I was like, ‘Oh no, are we going to be able to focus?’ Luckily we were able to concentrate but I think it was a great moment for Holy Family and so we were very happy and proud of them.

Indeed, the attention was there for BHS and the Eagles capped the day with a 3-1 win over Rock Canyon for their second state title in school history.

This year, the three teams know that their return to the championship will not be so easy. The Mustangs lost one of the most prolific scorers they — and Colorado — have ever seen in Degen Miller, who had 99 goals and 40 assists in 33 career games. The Mustangs have appeared in six consecutive games for the Class 2A state title, and while they know they will have some work to do to come back this year, it won’t be such an easy task without Miller.

“Obviously we had a lot of 10-0 games last year and I don’t know if it’s going to be quite the same this year,” assistant coach Erik Davies said. “Fortunately, they have perspective and know that there is nothing without hard work. The school’s motto is kind of their motto that they know if it’s something they want to repeat then they’re gonna have to work for it, and probably a little harder than they had to work for it last year.

Broomfield, similarly, lost a leading shooter in Bella Arreola, who scored nine goals, just as Holy Family said goodbye to Lauren Clingman, who led the Tigers with 11 goals. Despite those senior losses, all three coaches are confident they’ll field teams that can be just as competitive this year and deserve far more than the No. 12 seed once the playoffs roll around.

No matter how the season unfolds, one thing is certain. Colorado women’s soccer better watch out for teams from Broomfield and Boulder County. They are dangerous.

“On the girls side, we have something very special in the area,” Davidson said. “There’s a lot of depth, a lot of really talented players, talented coaches and I think the programs are really thriving in that area right now. Hopefully we can continue. »

Crème de la crème: 2021 All Regions TeamFirst Team (Name, Class of 2020-21, School)F Jillian Acosta, Sr., Silver Creek; F Maddie Brady, Jr., Broomfield; F/MF Bailey Giddings, So., Broomfield; F Addie Lowrie, Sr., Monarch; F Degen Miller, Sr., Dawson; F Madeline Borncamp, Sr., Niwot; F Kate Runyon, So., Jefferson Academy; M. F. Eve Bleam, Jr., Boulder; MF Brae Cole, Sr., Monarch; MF Juliauna Hayward, Jr., Legacy; MF Kylie Hoffman, So., Legacy; MF Reagan Kotschau, So., Broomfield; Mr. F. Blythe Sales, Sr., Fairview; M. F. Maddy Timms, Sr., Dawson; D Madison Allshouse, Jr., Legacy; Dr. Annika Kassenbrock, Sr., Silver Creek; Dr. Jordan Okada, Sr., Fairview; Dr. Taryn Rea, Jr., Broomfield; Dr. Sarah Uhler, Sr., Holy Family; GK Olivia Dietrich, Jr., Holy Family; GK Kara Nelson, Jr., Silver Creek.

Honorable Mention Abby Anson, Jr., Skyline; Paige Armstrong, Jr., Legacy; Bella Arreola, Sr., Broomfield; Monet Becvar, Jr., Silver Creek; Kacy Clements, Sr., Holy Family; Lauren Clingman, Sr., Holy Family; Emerson DeLuca, Sr., Broomfield; Dylan Drennan, Jr., Broomfield; Natalie Farhar, So., Peak to Peak; Kiera Flannagan, Sr., Niwot; Elise Freedman, Sr., Dawson; Jaelen Giron, Sr., Holy Family; Nora Hayden, Sr., Niwot; Maddy Hays, Sr., Erie; Greta Heinemann, So., Fairview; Alisha Herremans, Jr., monarch; Maggie Hirsch, Sr., Jefferson Academy; Lauren Hudson, Jr., Peak to Peak; Ella Jimenez, Sr., Erie; Shay Kercher-Pratt, So., Legacy; Ava Kuszak, Jr., Holy Family; Mikayla Kyle, Sr., Centaur; Helen Leon, Jr., Dawson; Jessica Martinez, Sr., Centaur; Katie McConnell, Jr., Boulder; Michaela McGowan, So., Broomfield; Macee McKenna, So., Broomfield; Lauren Muniz, Sr., Dawson; Kayla Osegueda, Sr., Niwot; Emma Phillips, Sr., Frederick; Morgan Potts, Jr., Jefferson Academy; Kendall Rippley, So., Legacy; Paola Rubi, Sr., Skyline; Gianna Sandoval, Jr., Holy Family; Cate Sarinopoulos, Sr., Boulder; Allie Seery, Sr., Mead; Claire Silverman, So., Fairview; Ann Spence, So., Centaurus;Sophia Stalter, Fr., Monarch; Helen Stegner, So., Jefferson Academy; Kyla Stroker, So., Fairview; Madison Tallman, Sr., Erie; Cora Thorndike, Sr., Mead; Kateri Trujillo, So., Prospect Ridge; Mia VanLeeuwen, Jr., Silver Creek; Megan Wagner, Sr., Peak to Peak; Karinne Walther, Sr., Peak to Peak; Haley Williams, Jr., Mead; Tiffany Yie, So., Niwot; Ilise Ziebarth, So. Fairview.

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Front Range Christian’s Avery Murray, left, and Dawson’s Kate Epstein go high for the ball. Dawson girls soccer hosted the first round (quarterfinals) of the Class 2A State Tournament. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

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