Coach Brad Urie enters his 4th year as the Lake Region Girls Varsity Soccer Coach, and he and his team plan to hit the ground running. Long gone are the days of double-digit defeats and small numbers in the win column. This is a new era for girls’ soccer at Lake Region.
Coming off a year where he saw his Lady Rangers finish with the best overall season in school history, he and his team know the expectations are high, but Urie also says “it’ll take hard work, practice, and determination, to compete with the teams in the Mountain League.”
The girls’ team, along with the rest of Lake Region, is moving up to Division 2 for their sports programs, but they are staying in the Mountain League, meaning they will continue to play the majority of the same teams.
“The Mountain League is a tougher league then most people realize. We will have to make some adjustments, but I believe we have the talent and capability to compete with any of the teams in Division 2,” said Urie.
After losing 6 seniors to graduation, Coach Urie is returning 10 players from the previous season. His team will be led by his 6 seniors from the Class of 2012: Desirae Colorado, Miranda Beaudry, Hannah Dean, Caylin Gallup, Kaitlyn Wright, and Callie-Rae Cashin. Coach Urie believes that his team “will have plenty of speed up front, and he will have 3 Freshman and 2 Sophomores playing significant minutes.”
Another key loss for the team is veteran goaltender Stephanie Merchant, who elected to forgo her senior year with the club.
When asked about his expectations for the upcoming season Coach Urie was very stern in his response. “We want to have a better year than the year before. We are going to play one game at a time and do our best. Nothing less than winning in the playoffs is acceptable to these girls. That’s what we want, that’s what I want and that’s what our fans want. They are not here to go through the season and take an early exit [from the playoffs].”
The Lady Ranger’s open their season with a Division 2 match-up at home against the Lyndon Vikings on Wednesday, September 7th at 4:30.