BOULDER —Fairview forward Cooper Harmon found a rare opening in another gritty affair in the Front Range League.
And like that, the three unbeaten records in Class 5A were down to two.
Harmon cashed in on his chance early in the second half as the Knights improved to a perfect 8-0 while ending the Lightning's unblemished start with a 1-0 win at Fairview's turf field.
The remaining perfect records in the state's largest classification belong to Fairview and Boulder (8-0, 4-0), which beat Monarch 8-0 Tuesday. They meet Friday.
"I don't need to say anything to the guys about their friends at Boulder," Fairview coach Jeff Frykholm said. "It's getting our mentality right to making it a soccer game instead of a dog fight. We want to play soccer.
"Whether that's good enough to beat Boulder, we'll see."
Fairview (8-0, 4-0 5A Front Range League) came in ranked third in the 5A CHSAANow polls and seventh in the current RPI standings. Legacy (7-1, 3-1), ranked fourth in the polls and second in RPI, beat Mountain Range last week to notch a program-best 7-0 start to a season.
Legacy finished with six shots on net compared to Fairview's four. It ended with the Knights' smallest margin of victory this season.
"Razor thin is a great way to describe this league," Frykholm said.
Harmon was the difference.
The senior scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season to give the Knights the lead in the 50th minute. After a scoreless opening half, Fairview pushed deep into Legacy's zone in the early minutes of the second. On the winning setup, Alex Mercier placed an expert cross at the feet of Harmon, who slid between defenders into the box and beat Ivan Castillo.
"You know you have to tuck it away there," the second-year starter said. "The team is sort of relying on you to tuck those away."
Fairview held tight on the strength of goalie Carter Melton and Fairview's sturdy backline.
Melton, with another six saves Tuesday, has yet to allow a goal in 410 minutes in net this season. His best stop of the night came in the 62nd minute when he leapt high into the air to bring down a rocket free kick from Noah Stover.
The frigid night finally came to an end after emotions boiled over and physical play intensified in the final minutes. A style of play often reserved for the postseason is just another night in the state's most dominant league.
"Fairview is the best team we've seen this year by a lot," Legacy coach Tony Romano said. "They're very good in all parts of the field — their goalie, their strikers and everywhere in between."
Legacy, meanwhile, will get a chance to get back into the win column when it travels to Horizon Thursday. Tuesday's loss benefits from a greater outlook.
"If they can do that against this team, we're going to continue to have a lot of success," Romano said.
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Fairview 1, Legacy 0
At Fairview HSLegacy (7-1)00—0Fairview (8-0)01—1
Goals (assists) —Fairview Cooper Harmon (Alex Mercier), 50th minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Legacy: Brandon Hansen (40-0-1), Ivan Castillo (40-1-2); Fairview: Carter Melton (80-0-6).