Broomfield’s Jim Davidson is the most-decorated soccer coach in state history. He left the boys’ program after the 2021 season with eight state titles, and has another two with the girls’ program he still leads.

Last spring, he called his 2023 class one of the best to ever graduate from his program — so, of course, a quarterfinals’ exit, falling to surprise champ ThunderRidge, left much to be desired.

Now, in 2024, even with the turnover of that mighty graduating class, the Eagles are hoping to respond with a big season.

In our season’s first look-in on girls’ soccer, let’s lean into some early insight, focusing on a few teams we expect to make deep runs inside their respective classifications.

Class 5A

Broomfield Eagles (4-0-1): With new faces across the starting lineup, Davidson’s group is off to a strong start this spring, with four wins, and a draw against another expected 5A contender, Valor Christian.

Marley Winston, who had two goals in the entirety of 2023, had four goals and an assist last week alone. In net for the Eagles, junior Addy Colangelo has 20 saves in five straight shutout performances.

Next, they are home against Windsor April 2.

Rocky Mountain Lobos (2-0): The Lobos look to have a lot of talent back from their quarterfinals appearance in 2023, with 54 of their 61 goals from last season coming by players who did not graduate.

Jace Holley, who had 24 goals and five assists last spring, has four goals and an assist, as the Lobos opened the season with runaway wins over Douglas County (5-0 on March 7) and Poudre (4-1, March 19).

They’re home against Ralston Valley Tuesday.

Class 4A

Lutheran Lions (2-0): They were the top seed in the 4A postseason a year ago, but fell to second-seeded Dakota Ridge in the finals.

In statement wins over Wheat Ridge (9-0, March 7) and Colorado Springs Christian (10-0, March 12), Brooklyn Bussey has opened the season with four goals and six assists. The senior had 19 goals and 13 helpers a year ago.

The Lions are home against Green Mountain Tuesday.

Mead Mavericks (1-0): The Mavericks lost to top-seeded Lutheran in last year’s semifinals, 1-0.

They bring back junior Katy Adler, the Longmont Times-Call player of the year who was also a 4A first-team selection last year. Adler had 16 goals and six assists in 2023, and she opened 2024 with two goals in a 4-1 win over Frederick on March 12.

The Mavericks are at Horizon Monday.

Class 3A

Jefferson Academy Jaguars (1-0): From last year’s title win, the Jags graduated 3A and Colorado Gatorade player of the year, Kate Runyon, along with fellow 3A first-team selections in midfielder Allie Jo Kirkpatrick and goalie Helen Stegner.

But they bring back nice talent. Senior Gianna Gagliano was also a first teamer after tallying 32 goals and 17 assists as a junior. Kicking off this season, she had a career-best five goals to go along with an assist in a 10-0 win over Middle Park on March 9.

The Jags are at Pomona March 28.

Colorado Academy Mustangs (2-0): Highlighting 3A with two teams from the same league wasn’t a hard choice. The league has dished out the last 11 state champs in the class.

The Mustangs lost to Jefferson Academy in last year’s semifinals, which they return most of their offensive production from, including a pair of 20-goal scorers in junior Celina Frenz (20 goals, 12 assists in 2023) and senior Naomi Wolff (21 goals, eight assists).

Frenz scored in wins over both 4A Mullen (2-1, March 9) and 5A Columbine (3-2, March 12) to open the season.

The Mustangs are at Eagle Ridge Academy April 2, followed by a finals rematch at home against the Jags on April 4.

Class 2A

Dawson Mustangs (2-0): The Mustangs have the most state titles since 2A became a girls’ soccer classification in 2015, with three. But they bowed out in last year’s quarterfinals.

They bring back their leading scorer from the past two seasons in junior Kanoe Bihag, who’s added seven more goals this year, giving her 75 in her career. She recorded the third five-goal game of her career in an opening win over Belleview Christian (7-0, March 7), then added a pair against Twin Peaks Academy (10-0, March 11).

They’re home against Loveland Classical April 3.

Flatirons Academy Bison (2-0): The Bison, who exited in the quarterfinals last spring, bring back most of their offensive production: nine of their 61 goals in 2023 coming from that senior class.

Annabelle Rakers led the team with 20 goals and seven helpers a year ago, and she opened her scoring in 2024 with two goals and an assist against DSST: Conservatory Green (9-1, March 13). The Bison started the season with a win at St. Mary’s (9-1, March 11).

The Bison are at The Vanguard School April 2.