BOULDER — Whoever is in charge of painting the woodwork at Christian Recht Field will be busy over the next few days.

On Thursday night, the No. 2 Panthers banged a number of shots off the posts in their Front Range league season opener against Fort Collins, but also found the back of the net twice in a 2-0 win over the Lambkins.

"We start 11, but we are 25 deep," Boulder coach Hardy Kalisher said. "There is no way a kid brings it every game and that last line we had in there tonight, they didn't play the first half and that might have been the fastest we were playing all night."

The frenetic Panthers attack is relentless from the backline through the midfield and up top to the very creative scoring forwards.

And on Thursday night, they found out a little bit more about their sophomore goalie Djibril Doumbia was all about. He was untested in the first two matches of the season, but the Lambkins found minimal cracks in the Panthers defense and forced him to makes some saves.

"I'm really proud of the play of our defense, our centerbacks and out keeper, early on that was the first game anyone has shot on us," said Kalisher, whose team, along with Fairview, will welcome the six-time state champions from Delaware, Salesianum High, next weekend. "He showed some good poise and some quick hands on those early ball coming of those crosses, where he just read it.

"Immediately it tells the other team it is going to be tough to score."


The Lambkins didn't challenge much after the opening 10 minutes and it was just a matter of time before Boulder was able to solve a Lambkins defense that had yet to surrender a goal.

Moments after Simon Julien had banged a shot off the underside of Alex Snavely's crossbar, Omar Castruita finished up a flurry in front to break the ice.

Boulder tacked on the all important second goal in the second half with 17 minutes to play. Senior Blaise Werner, who was flying around the field most of the night, created some space inside the box and launched a left-footed shot that Snavely had no chance on.

Boulder goalkeeper Djibril Doumbia makes a save during a soccer match against Fort Collins on Thursday at Recht Field in Boulder.
Boulder goalkeeper Djibril Doumbia makes a save during a soccer match against Fort Collins on Thursday at Recht Field in Boulder. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

"Received it, turned it and stroked it right in," said Werner, who scored his team leading third goal of the season. "Just another day at the office."

Boulder will be back in action on Tuesday night at home against Legacy before having a go at the Sallies on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

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At Christian Recht Field

Fort Collins (1-1-2, 0-1) 0 0 — 0 
Boulder (3-0, 1-0) 1 1 — 2

Goals (assists) — Boulder: Omar Castruita (unassisted), 16th; Blaise Werner (unassisted), 63rd.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Fort Collins: Alex Snavely (80-2-9); Boulder: Djibril Doumbia (80-0-2).