Championship Season Nets MaxPrep Trophy for Broomfield High Soccer Team
Broomfield High School soccer players have added a trophy to their case.
It came on the heels of the team defeating Denver East 1-0 this November to capture the program’s seventh state championship — the most of any Colorado high school boys soccer program.
MaxPreps honored the soccer team during halftime at the boy’s varsity basketball game Friday night amid cheers and parents taking hundreds of photos.
Soccer coach Jim Davidson said the state championship win was a tribute to the team’s responsibility and accountability combined with the momentum they picked up on a hot streak toward the end of the season.
“It’s a group that really loves each other and gets on well together,” Davidson said.
It was the first time the team, which finished No. 28 in this year’s MaxPreps rankings out of more than 16,000 boys varsity soccer teams, was recognized in the Tour of Champions.
It’s the 13th year for MaxPreps Tour of Champions and the seventh year MaxPreps has recognized soccer.
“It’s amazing to get recognition like this for our school and to do our school, and our city, proud,” Cade Austin, who will be a senior captain next year, said.
Next season, he plans to lead the team through positivity and love of the game, he said.
“That’s what this is all about,” he said. “Having fun.”
A defining moment was a big win against Fort Collins, Davidson said, which is arguably one of the most talented teams in the state. Once Broomfield beat them again in the state semi-finals, it was a sign they could take the title.
“We focused a lot on progress more than results,” Davidson said about this season. “The guys were resilient and got better every week, every match.”
The MaxPreps tour, presented by the Army National Guard, gives teams a chance to be recognized for their accomplishments and gives recruiters a chance to connect directly at schools when the awards are presented.
Colorado Army National Guard Master Sergeant Anthony Moats presented Davidson and the boys with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy. Along with the trophy, the team received a banner for its success.
“The Army National Guard represents teamwork and a commitment to community and country,” Master Sergeant Mark Wojciechowski said. “Just as your team joins together to defeat adversity and win, the Army National Guard stands vigilant as a team to protect the community and country in which we live.”
Davidson said the boys were under a great deal of pressure this season after going to the previous three state final games, and winning in 2014 and 2015. This team, although it had a lot of seniors, was less experienced with varsity play time.
“The expectation in our program is to play in a state final each year, but this team understood — as well as any that I have coached — that while a championship is a worthy goal, it is setting and committing to team conditions like hard work, resiliency, and positive individual and team spirit that ultimately allows a team to realize the goal,” Davidson said.
The Eagles outscored their opponents 74-11 this season, posted nine shutouts, and finished No. 1 in Colorado. Davidson said he and the team are both “thrilled and humbled” by the recognition.
MaxPreps computer rankings, which are used to determine team rank, uses the huge number of game results stored in its database. Generally, the more a team wins, the higher its ranking, but the system takes into account quality wins (wins against other highly ranked opponents), margin of victory and strength of schedule, the organization said in a news release. Playoff games are weighted 2.1 times a regular season game.
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