Photos: Cheyenne Mountain boys soccer edges Lewis-Palmer

Cheyenne Mountain Cherry Creek football

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MONUMENT — Senior Josh Thiele is getting his first real variety experience this year with Cheyenne Mountain.

So when he scored in the 35th minute to put his team up two goals, it was a nice moment for him. When Lewis-Palmer answered right back, it turned out that his goal was the game winner in the 2-1 win over the Rangers.

"I feel like I went out there and made a difference," Thiele said. "I helped the team tonight."

Scoring the game-winning goal could be considered making a difference.

With the win, the No. 2-ranked Indians (9-1 overall, 2-0 Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) are now in the driver's seat when it comes to the league standings. A win over the No. 5 Rangers (8-2, 1-1) and a win over The Classical Academy earlier this month has made Cheyenne Mountain a clear favorite to come away with the PPAC title.

"Getting the win is the big thing," coach Tomas Martinez said. "It's huge to get this victory so we at least stay ahead of them."

The Indians will have another league game against a team ranked in the CHSAANow.com top 10 in two weeks when they face off against Air Academy.