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Fairview's Oliver Harmon rushes for possession with Boulder's Dale Boyer chasing Saturday in Boulder. (Brent W. New/
Fairview’s Oliver Harmon rushes for possession with Boulder’s Dale Boyer chasing Saturday in Boulder. (Brent W. New/

Keepers Owen Kalisher and Shane Williams turned the annual Boulder-Fairview boys soccer game into their own personal matchup Saturday night.

The lowest-scoring match between the crosstown rivals since 2013 was decided by multiple high-level saves and just one flicker of offense at Christian Recht Field.

Front and center, Boulder’s Kalisher, the player, outlasted his counterpart.

Boulder's Owen Kalisher punts against in-city rival Fairview Saturday, September 24, 2022.
Boulder’s Owen Kalisher punts against in-city rival Fairview Saturday, September 24, 2022.

The winning setup came in 60th minute as Jose Ordaz touched Victor Torres’ throw-in out of the air and in the direction of Ben Schkutek for the game-winning finish. It was all that was needed for the coach’s son, giving the Panthers their second straight victory over the Knights, 1-0.

The senior keeper fell to the ground in joy as time expired.

“It was kind of a battle of keepers tonight,” Kalisher said. “I have all the respect for Shane over there.”

The victory gave No. 4 Boulder (5-2-1, 2-0 Front Range League South) its second Class 5A top-10 win in three days. The Panthers played a wild game at Five Star Stadium Thursday against No. 1 Legacy, using a last-minute goal from Milo Toutenhoofd to prevail.

Schkutek, for his part, hadn’t recorded a single point for the Panthers before his winner Saturday. The last leg of a pinball setup, the ball went from Torres to Ordaz to the junior without hitting the ground. The finish was hard to see in the stadium shadows at the west end zone. The home crowd had pause before exploding in celebration.

The loss ended a two-game winning streak for No. 9 Fairview (5-2-1, 1-1) and followed its dominant 8-0 win over Mountain Range Wednesday.

Williams, spectacular again, still hasn’t allowed more than a goal in any game this season.

Late in regulation, the Knights made a strong push to even things. A long shot from Hugo Harezlak was corralled by a diving Kalisher in the 72nd. A corner chance from Liam Steeves to Mark Litwiler then missed just wide.

Fairview will host Northglenn Thursday before a matchup at Broomfield Oct. 3.

Boulder hosts the Eagles Thursday.

Fairview's Ben Ortman leaps to play a header in front of Boulder's Cameron Gerber Saturday, September 24, 2022.
Fairview’s Ben Ortman leaps to play a header in front of Boulder’s Cameron Gerber Saturday in Boulder. (Brent W. New/

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