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ORLEANSâ€“Folks in attendance at the Lake Region-People's Academy boy's soccer game on Friday came away with a sense of how well this year's Rangers can play, as they more than held their own against a traditionally very good Wolves team in a 2-0 loss.
"I think we played with a lot of heart, a lot of desire, and we created some chances," said coach Tom Evans.
In fact one could argue that for several stretches of play, Lake Region was the better team.
What was working for the Rangers early was their collapsing style of defense.
NEWPORTâ€“Matt St.Amour's penalty kick goal with 10:50 left to play in the first half was all the scoring that the Missisquoi Valley Union Thunderbirds needed, as they played the role of spoiler in the North Country boys' soccer team's home opener, winning the contest 1-0.
Although this makes two losses in a row, coach James McKenny is philosophical in his take on the situation.
"We do have somewhat of a luxury, being that it is early in the season and we can try and make some moves within the line-up and how we look on the field."
North Country 30, U-32 40
EAST MONTPELIERâ€“The North Country football team took a 30-28 lead into the fourth quarter, but would never score again as the running game of the Raiders was too much for the Falcons to handle, and they fell by the final score of 40-30.
"Things were going well, but we just could not stop their running attack," said coach Tim Simoneau as he team now stands at 0-2.
"The offense however was doing exactly what I wanted them to do."
LYNDONâ€“After a scoreless first half, Tyrah Urie picked up right where she left off last season, netting both goals in the Lady Rangers 2-1 win over the Vikings on Wednesday.
"We played well at times," said coach Brad Urie, who was happy to get the win, but not one hundred percent pleased with his team's performance on the field.
The first half was a back and forth forty minutes of soccer with neither team getting the upper hand.
Early in the second, Urie netted her first goal of the season, a header off of a pass from Hannah Leroux.
NORTHFIELDâ€“Coach JoseÂ´ Batista's prediction that Devinnie Davis and Crystal Moss were going to be impact players for the Falcons' girls soccer team came true as the duo each had two points to help lead North Country over Northfield 3-0.
"We looked very good. The girls came out hard, played well and we are very pleased with their effort," said Batista after the game.
In the first half North Country went up 1-0 on Davis' first varsity goal. Moss drew the assist on the tally.
Anna Bingham made it 2-0, with Davis getting the helper.
NEWPORTâ€“After dropping their season opener to Rice by the score of 4-0, the North Country field hockey team had a much better showing against Montpelier, even though they were bested by the Solons 1-0.
"I think they improved on everything," said coach Chantelle Bouchard. "Their spacing was good, their talking was good, and Danielle played a great game."
After the Falcons controlled the ball in the early minutes, the Solons started to find their groove.
Montpelier won the race to the scoreboard when they were able to make the best of a scoring opportunity off of a corner.
NEWPORTâ€“With only four seniors on the 2012 roster, North Country's girls soccer team will be fielding a crew made up of primarily 11 juniors, along with said seniors, 3 sophomores and 1 freshman.
"We are looking very good, said coach JoseÂ´Batista. "They've put in two weeks of hard training and I think that this being Peter and I's third year, it has given us a little more insight of what this league's all about and what our strength and weakness' of our program are."
NEWPORTâ€“From the second that Colton White's opening kick-off was flagged down by the officials, you had the feeling that North Country's season opener was going to be a long affair.
Despite a low scoring first half, it took almost three hours for the Spaulding Crimson Tide to defeat the Falcons 28-16 in new head coach Tim Simoneau's first game.
"It did not go as well as I wanted it too, but there were some good things," said Simoneau. "Our offensive and defensive schemes were working, and I see a lot of potential. Now it is just a matter of execution."
ORLEANSâ€“The Lake Region Rangers kicked off their on Saturday.
The boys defeated the Oxbow Olympians 1-0 to get their season started on the right foot, starting with some good play by their backfield.
"They played strong defensively," said head coach Tom Evans. "They weren't tested much, but when they were they came through nicely."
The Rangers, on their game from the get-go, were rewarded for their efforts when Anthony Wright knocked home his first goal of the season to get the Rangers on the board.
NEWPORTâ€“Trailing 1-0 after one half of play, the North Country field hockey team fell victim to Rice's offensive outburst in the second half and came up a little short, losing their season opener 4-0 on Saturday morning.
"They did pretty well considering Rice is probably the second best team in the state," said head coach Chantelle Bouchard.
Rice was all over the Falcons early on and goaltender Danielle Gabucci was put to the test time, and time again.
The Green Knights finally found the back of the net on an unbelievable penalty shot by Erika Gonyaw.