LOVELAND -- Having not allowed a single goal through 11 games, Loveland posed a threat to end the Boulder boys soccer team's win streak on Monday night.
Leading the Panthers to their fifth straight win, senior center forward Lake Brant provided the difference in Boulder's 1-0 win at the Mountain View field.
Despite Loveland (9-1-2, 4-1-2) dominating possession of the ball for most of the second half, a break out from Boulder (7-5-0, 6-1-0) found the ball on the foot of midfielder Matteo Wilczak, who played it across the box to Brant.
Brant buried the ball, something he's grown accustom to for the Panthers. After not recording a goal in Boulder's first six games, he's found the back of the net in the last five.
"Matteo did a great job turning the defender and then just put it across and I just had to do the easy job, which was pass it in," Brant said.
In the end Boulder did what Loveland simply couldn't, find a way to do despite a plethora of opportunities. Indians striker Marco Gonzalez found himself in the mix on nearly every scoring chance, but a mixture of poor timing and bad luck prevented him from finding a go-ahead goal or an equalizer.
On three separate occasions, Gonzalez ripped a shot off from inside the box. He found only the keeper, a goal post and a teammate scrambling to get out of the way.
When Wilczak and Brant found an opportunity, they made sure not to waste it.
"You want to put it on the senior, and the senior put it in, so it was a good finish," Boulder coach Hardy Kalisher said. "I think Matteo turned his play really well and kept his composure. Instead of hitting a shot from no angle, he slid it across, which is what we train."
Brant's second-half goal almost wasn't the first on Loveland. Midway through the first half Wilczak scored inside the near post, but an offside call negated the goal.
Boulder owned most of the first half generating six corner kicks and multiple chances, forcing the Indians to play more defense than their previous 11 games. Part of the problem was a lack of energy from the outset, according to Indians head coach Chad Arthur.
Panthers goalkeeper Henry Huettel made four saves to record his third shutout of the season.
The win lengthened the distance between the Front Range League-leading Panthers and the rest of the conference. With three games remaining, Kalisher said the Panthers welcome the extra breathing room in the competitive Front Range.
"You have to have a few balls bounce your way, and I think we had a few of those balls bounce our way," Kalisher said. "We wouldn't be in the position we're in either without character and a little bit of balls hitting the post because this is a very competitive league."
The Panthers are back in action against Poudre (6-4-1, 1-4-1) on Thursday.
Boulder 1, Loveland 0
At Mountain View H.S.
Boulder (7-5-0, 6-1-0) 0 1 -- 1
Loveland (9-1-2, 4-1-2) 0 0 -- 0
Goals -- Boulder: Brant.
Assists -- Boulder: Wilczak.
Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) -- Boulder: Huettel (80-0-4).