Photos: 5A No. 4 Boulder boys soccer beats 4A No. 1 Air Academy on the road

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY — Omar Castruita scored in the eighth minute and the Boulder boys soccer team never looked back.

The Class 5A No. 4 Panthers came away with a 3-1 win over 4A's top-ranked Air Academy. They added two goals in the second half, but it was Castruita's in the first that allowed them to settle in and control the pace of the game.

"This game is going to really set us up and boost our confidence," Castruita said.

Thad Dewing scored the lone goal for Air Academy with about 15 minutes remaining, but Sam Phillips poured one in for the Panthers five minutes later.

The loss for the Kadets (1-1 overall) is the first since a 3-1 loss to Evergreen in the Class 4A playoffs back on Nov. 1, 2016.

The Panthers (2-0) face another tough test on Thursday when they host No. 8 Cherry Creek.

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