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Boys soccer: Legacy beats Boulder to take command of Front Range League

Blake Hansen’s goal, assist give him 42 points for season

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    Legacy High School's Blake Hansen (No. 5) celebrates a goal with teammate Joseph Joiner (No. 7) in the game against Boulder High School at North Stadium in Westminster on Oct. 22, 2019.

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    Legacy High School's Joseph Joiner (No. 7) battles with Boulder High School's Benjamin Ray (No. 8) at North Stadium in Westminster on Oct. 22, 2019.

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    Legacy High School's Joseph Joiner (No. 7) celebrates a goal against Boulder High School at North Stadium in Westminster on Oct. 22, 2019.

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    Legacy High School's Blake Hansen (No. 5) tries to get past Boulder High School's Christian De Simone (No. 2) at North Stadium in Westminster on Oct. 22, 2019.

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    Legacy High School's Gary Jakob Maurek (No. 10) and Boulder High School's Bishal Ellison (No. 11) battle for the ball at North Stadium in Westminster on Oct. 22, 2019.

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    Legacy High School's Blake Hansen (No. 5) splits the defense of Boulder High School's Eduardo Castillo (No. 21) and Christian De Simone (No. 2) at North Stadium in Westminster on Oct. 22, 2019.

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    Boulder High School's Isaac Sherman (No. 6) tries to move the ball around Legacy High School's Ryan Bennett (No. 3) at North Stadium in Westminster on Oct. 22, 2019.

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    Legacy High School's Blake Hansen (No. 5) collides with Boulder High School's Toby Bateman (No. 96) at North Stadium in Westminster on Oct. 22, 2019.

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    Legacy High School's Blake Hansen (No. 5) moves the ball around Boulder High School's Bishal Ellison (No. 11) at North Stadium in Westminster on Oct. 22, 2019.

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    Legacy High School's Blake Hansen (No. 5) controls the ball around Boulder High School's Christian De Simone (No. 2) at North Stadium in Westminster on Oct. 22, 2019.

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    Legacy High School's Joseph Joiner (No. 7) moves the ball up the field while covered by Boulder High School's Luke Kreidl (No. 15) at North Stadium in Westminster on Oct. 22, 2019.

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    Legacy High School's Joseph Joiner (No. 7) celebrates a goal with teammate Ryan Bennett (No. 3) in the game against Boulder High School's (No.) at North Stadium in Westminster on Oct. 22, 2019.

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    Boulder High School's Bishal Ellison (No. 11) clears the ball at North Stadium in Westminster on Oct. 22, 2019.

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    Legacy High School's Colten Armstrong (No. 9) kicks the ball free from Boulder High School's Curran English (No. 3) at North Stadium in Westminster on Oct. 22, 2019.

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WESTMINSTER — The momentum from a turnaround blast sent Blake Hansen to his back late in the half Tuesday night. An otherwise clean winner, the Legacy senior popped right up and the No. 1 team in Class 5A rolled on.

Hansen had a goal and an assist at North Stadium, propelling the Lightning past Boulder 2-0 and into the driver’s seat in the Front Range League.

Earlier, Hansen tallied his 10th helper of the season on a nifty back-and-forth connection with Joey Joiner. Then right before the half, he added his team-leading 16th goal of the year and his first in three games.

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Legacy High School’s Joseph Joiner (No. 7) celebrates a goal against Boulder High School at North Stadium in Westminster on Oct. 22, 2019.

As he regathered his feet, he gestured to his coach during his celebratory jog back to midfield.

“He’s had couple games where he’s had unbelievable performances, but hasn’t quite scored,” Legacy coach Tony Romano said. “That one right there was me encouraging him, saying ‘Look, I know sometimes when you’re half off balanced and it’s just a half-chance, take it anyway. And as you saw it was a — I don’t know what you call it — fadeaway, whatever.”

The victory made it seven straight for the Lightning (13-1, 9-1), who came into the week ranked first in the 5A RPI and CHSAANow.com rankings. Now tied atop the FRL while also owning the tiebreaker with Boulder (10-3, 8-1) — the second-ranked team in the classification — Legacy can wrap up a league title with a win at Monarch Thursday night.

“As you’ve heard a million times from every coach in this league, you can’t look by anybody,” Romano said. “We got to show up to play. We’re going to have to play to win.”

The Lightning took the lead on Joiner’s 11th goal of the year in the 15th minute. Hansen and Joiner stitched together a crossing pattern down the middle of the field, sending it from Joiner to Hansen and back to Joiner, who flicked a quick shot past Boulder goalie Toby Bateman to make it 1-0.

Hansen, a buzzsaw against backlines throughout the year, added to it when he corralled a pass from Colten Armstrong in the box, spun around, and shot while falling backwards.

Hansen came into the night with the most points in the league and now has 42. He and Joiner make up two of the three players — all seniors — with double-digit goals for Legacy this season. Jake Maurek, who had a goal and two assists in double-overtime wins over Fort Collins and Broomfield last week, also has 11.

“It was our senior night and we have 13 (senior) boys who came out — it was our last game against Boulder and we wanted to bring it,” Hansen said. “We also knew for most of our team this is the best chance at winning league because it’s hard to win the Front Range League. But we knew if we came out and played well tonight, and show up (strong) Thursday, we should be good.”

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