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Regis Jesuit controlled play for a majority of the second half — and did everything but score a goal.
So it was Broomfield that ended up winning the Class 5A state boys soccer championship with a 1-0 victory over the Raiders on Nov. 15 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.
“We really played a good second half,” said Regis coach Rick Wolf. “We were taking advantage of the space they were giving us. We could just not put the ball in the back of the net. That's the way soccer goes sometimes. It is unfortunate it happened in the final for us.”
It was the eighth state soccer title in Broomfield's program history, a new state record. The Eagles finished the season with a 17-2-1 record.
Regis ended the season with a 16-2-2 record.
Broomfield employed a defensive mentality and stacked players on the defensive side of the pitch after grabbing a 1-0 lead in the 56th minute.
“It was a smart thing to do, I suppose, and it worked," Wolf said of the Eagles' strategy. They were tough to break down. Jim (Broomfield coach Jim Davidson) has his boys playing well every year, so it's not surprising that it was tough to break down. ”
The Eagles' goal was a result of a penalty kick by Broomfield's Gustavo Gutierrez that Raiders' goal keeper Trey Tomlin kicked out. However, Guitierrez jumped on the rebound as Regis defenders scrambled to get into position and the senior scored the game's lone goal.
“That was only the second game all year that we didn't score,” Wolf said. “That was a little frustrating. It was fun to watch our boys play. I thought we played very well. I lost count of how many corner kicks we had. We had enough.
“But it was a good performance for us in the second half, and that is what kind of makes it so difficult to lose a game like that. It was a good season for us, the best we've had in a long time. It's the best record we've had since 1996. We played well all season. We were consistent. The boys just knew how to play and as a coaching staff we just tried to get out of the way.”
Senior Casey McCloskey, who took every corner kick for Regis against Broomfield, was the team's leading scorer with 13 goals and 31 points. The Raiders allowed just 0.8 goals per game and had 10 shutouts during the season.
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