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BROOMFIELD — With one team ranked within the Class 5A top 5 and the other sitting just outside the top 10, Saturday’s Front Range League opener between rivals Legacy and Broomfield lived up to its billing.

The No. 4 Lightning (6-0) scored a pair of second-half goals and then kept the Eagles (3-3) from tying the contest after an accidental own goal for a 2-1 victory at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium.

“Dare I say a typical Broomfield-Legacy game,” Lightning head coach Anthony Romano said. “I have been saying for years I feel like this game is developing into one of the biggest rivalries in the state. It is always exciting. It is almost always close and dramatic. Today was no exception to that.”

After 40 minutes of play, it was still anybody’s game as neither team could find the back of the net in the first half. Both teams had opportunities, but goalkeeper play on both ends was solid.

Once the second half began, it didn’t take long for Legacy to break through and end the stalemate.

Less than three minutes in, Legacy junior Cooper Stephens headed a loose ball off a throw-in over Broomfield goalkeeper Evan Kulstad to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead.

“At halftime, coach (Tyler) Arko talked about how it’s a narrow field so we when we had to throw it, get people who could throw it long and get the big guy at the front post so he can just tap it over and I just happened to be there to finish it,” Stephens said.

Legacy protected its 1-0 lead for almost 30 minutes before being able to add to it. In the 72nd minute, Gael Hernandez converted a penalty kick when Kulstad dove to the wrong side and Hernandez put it in the bottom left corner of the net to make it 2-0.

In the Lightning’s first five games, they hadn’t allowed a goal and had outscored their opponents 30-0. With just over three minutes remaining, Legacy allowed its first goal of the season — kind of.

A Broomfield corner kick found its way to a group of Lightning players, one of which kicked the ball in to give the Eagles a goal and make it 2-1. Despite the own goal, the Lightning have shown their defense is just as good as their offense.

“I have a bunch of guys who do a good job working really hard,” Romano said. “Broomfield, for example, they created a number of chances today that put my goalie under pressure.”

Lightning goalkeeper Ryan Nun didn’t let anything the Eagles sent at him get past him into the net. Including a few diving saves, his biggest one came with about a minute left when he tipped a ball that would have tied the game over the crossbar.

Stephens said Broomfield was the best team the Lightning have faced this season and things won’t get any easier for Legacy with undefeated Poudre next on the schedule Tuesday.

“We haven’t played very many good teams.” Stephens said. “I think Broomfield is the best team we have definitely played. We have a lot of tough teams to play going forward. We are working hard to do whatever we can to keep that record high.”

Broomfield will look for its first league win Tuesday at home against Mountain Range.