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No. 1 Legacy boys soccer defeats No. 2 Boulder in thrilling finish

The Lightning and Panthers lived up to billing as two of the best teams in the state, but it was Legacy pulling out a late 2-1 victory on Thursday.

WESTMINSTER, Colo. — If that was a state championship preview, we're in for a good one. 

In a huge boys soccer showdown on Thursday afternoon at North Stadium, No. 1 Legacy scored a late goal to beat No. 2 Boulder, 2-1, to move to a perfect 9-0 on the season. The Panthers fell to 7-2. 

Boulder took a 1-0 lead fewer than 10 minutes into the game before Legacy netted an equalizer just before halftime. The score remained 1-1 until there was just under 10 minutes to go. Lightning sophomore Lucas Montera found junior Zachary Nickell on a beautiful cross, and Nickell did not miss on the back post to give his team the lead. 

That's when things got really interesting. 

Boulder appeared to tie the score 2-2 with 1:21 to go, but after the ball found the back of the net and a celebration ensued, two officials conferenced and disallowed the goal. Neither team had a good chance the rest of the way. 

For a regular season game, this one had a lot of drama, but a playoff rematch would be even more fun. 

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