BOULDER — Talk about your early season adversity.
Most teams to this point in the season have played at least eight or nine matches and have already figured out who they are.
Legacy ... not so much.
The Lightning had all of four games under their belt coming into Thursday night's Front Range League game against Boulder at Recht Field, and not a single one of those was with a full roster.
All the pieces were in place, albeit not quite at 100 percent health wise, against the Panthers and it resulted in critical 1-0 win.
"When we are a few games off the pace compared to the rest of the league, we need to find a way to get our legs underneath us," said Lightning coach Luke Meadows, whose team improved to 2-2-1 both overall and in the league. "A result at any point, regardless of anybody in the league, is a good thing.
"But that 80 minutes, we just need the time and there is certainly momentum that can be built from this."
The Lightning were certainly the more opportunistic offensive team in the first half. Legacy put four shots on frame compared to just one for the Panthers in the opening 40 minutes and got the only goal of the match in the 34th minute.
The dueling threat up top for Meadows' team — senior Kaylee Kennedy and sophomore Gracie Armstrong — made a great counterattacking run.
It was Armstrong, who had Kennedy to her right as they made their way into the box. Kennedy drew two defenders and Armstrong never gave up the ball, finally letting loose with a big left-footed shot that deflected off a Boulder defender and past keeper Zoe Kellermyer.
"Our attacking mid saw the split between the defense and I was able to make an outside run," said Armstrong, who is nursing a right-knee injury she suffered during a club tournament in San Diego last month. "I took a touch and shot and it deflected in."
The Lightning were able to sit on their lead perfectly in the second half, and even though Boulder managed five shots on goal in the final 40 minutes, none of them truly threatened Legacy keeper Sydney Schutter.
"Kind of the infamous bend-but-don't-break mentality. Sometimes game take on a life of their own and for better or worse, you can't really describe what it is," Meadows said. "It's momentum, it's just somebody wants something a little bit more."
Boulder (2-4-2, 2-3-1), fresh off a 7-0 win over Greeley West on Tuesday, just couldn't find anything inside Legacy's final third.
"They get a shot from a poor angle that goes off a defender and that's the kind of thing we just can't seem to have happen for us," Boulder coach Jason LaMere said. "Another game where we work hard and keep possession, play good soccer and lose 1-0.
"I think we are starting to feel that frustration now. These losses are starting to become big when you look at everybody's position in the conference ... We are not really being beaten by team, but we are losing games and that is frustrating."
Legacy 1, Boulder 0
At Recht FieldLegacy (2-2-1, 2-2-1) 1 0 — 1 Boulder (2-4-2, 2-3-1) 0 0 — 0
Goals (assists) — Legacy: Gracie Armstrong (unassisted), 34th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Legacy: Sydney Schutter (80-0-6); Boulder: Zoey Kellermyer (80-1-4).