Boulder's Kevin Van Lieshout, right, gets tangled up with Legacy's Dreese Marrakchi as Tommy Brown (22) watches during Tuesday's match at North Stadium.
Jonathan Castner
Boulder’s Kevin Van Lieshout, right, gets tangled up with Legacy’s Dreese Marrakchi as Tommy Brown (22) watches during Tuesday’s match at North Stadium.


WESTMINSTER — Boulder High goalie Henry Huettel held off the Legacy Lightning for as long as he could on Tuesday night.

Eventually, the Lightning onslaught proved too much — but just barely.

Legacy senior Jacob Gonzales fired home the game-winner in the 73rd minute of the Lightning’s 2-1 upset of the sixth-ranked Panthers at North Stadium.

The score of both teams’ Front Range League opener could have been worse for BHS if not for Huettel’s play, particularly in the first half when Legacy repeatedly came up empty on solid scoring chances.

“First half, I was like, ‘What do we have to do to beat this guy?'” said Legacy coach Tony Romano, whose undefeated club notched one of the biggest wins in its 11-year history.

Legacy (5-0-0, 1-0-0) reeled off five solid shots on goal in the first half, four of which Huettel saved and the other of which defender Michael Ozeroff cleared near the goal line. That’s not to mention a handful of chances that went just wide or high for the Lightning.

While the Panthers (3-1-1, 0-1-0) missed on one dangerous opportunity in the first half as well, senior defender Ben Kates made his in the 11th minute count. He hit from 30 yards out on a shot to the far upper corner, and the Panthers took the 1-0 lead into the intermission.

“They had a lot of shots,” Huettel said. “There are some that you get, and there are some that you try to get to that are just too out of reach.”

The Lightning got on the board quickly in the second half in a fast-paced game that was played end to end.

Moments after Huettel made a diving save on a wide open shot by Nick Smith, Shawn Rusk struck in the 43rd minute, heading home a centering pass from Gonzales.

Boulder actually took control for a good portion of the second half after that. But Legacy goalie Garrett Hernandez came up with a few key saves of his own, punching wide a point-blank shot by Boulder’s Kevin Van Lieshout and corralling a header right in front of the net by senior Jack Huettel.

Gonzales’ game-winner was nearly identical to Kates’ goal, a rocket from 30 to the far upper corner of the net on which Huettel had no time to react.

“I saw the keeper off his line and shot it, and it worked out,” Gonzales said.

Legacy entered the game with 11 different players having scored goals, but Gonzales has proven most effective so far with two scores and four assists now.

“Our goalkeeper kept it real close,” BHS coach Hardy Kalisher said. “(Legacy’s) been waiting for a good young class to be an old class, 16 seniors. You could see that they were an older, mature team.”

Henry Huettel finished with eight saves, while Ozeroff added another clear in the second half to aid the keeper.

“I thought we were going to put them away but their keeper made some great saves, too,” Henry Huettel said. “I thought it was a well-fought battle.”

Legacy 2, Boulder 1

At North Stadium

Boulder (3-1-1, 0-1-0) 1 0 — 1

Legacy (5-0-0, 1-0-0) 0 2 — 2

Goals (assists) — Boulder: Ben Kates (unassisted), 11th minute; Legacy: Shawn Rusk (Jacob Gonzales), 43rd minute; Legacy: Gonzales (unassisted), 73rd minute.

Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) —Boulder: Henry Huettel (80-2-8); Legacy: Hernandez (80-1-6).