The Varsity Rangers of Lake Region kicked off their 2011 soccer season with a big 5-1 victory over the Oxbow Olympians Saturday morning. The weather was perfect for a game of soccer and Coach Evans and his players were ready to play from the opening kickoff.
Shaquille Urie got the scoring started just over 2 minutes into the contest, taking a beautiful pass from Josh Thibault and depositing it into the back of the net, 1-0 Lake Region. The score would remain the same until Senior Ranger Tony Stuart scored on a deflected pass from Tre Lalime, with 14 minutes remaining in the 1st half to put the Rangers on top 2-0.
But that is not all the scoring the Rangers would get in the first half.
With just under 6 minutes left in the opening half Senior Ranger Caleb Royer, plowed his way up the middle and scored off a pass from Charlie Epinette. The Rangers would go into halftime up by the score of 3-0.
While the score was 3-0 at half, Coach Tom Evans was visibly upset with the team’s performance. The team played a lot of “kick-and-run” soccer and Coach Evans wanted them to get back to a more of a compact, “tic-tac-toe” offensive scheme.
As the 2nd half got under way, the Rangers still weren’t doing what their Coach asked of them. They were hurried and still playing the ‘kick-and-run” style that they were told not to play. With over 20 minutes left in the game, Oxbow struck for their lone goal of the game, cutting the deficit to 2 goals and turning all momentum in the favor of the Olympians.
It was at this point in the contest when the sportsmanship that Coach Evans instills in his players truly came out. With 15 minutes to go in the game, the Rangers were awarded a penalty kick, which converted would have all, but put the game away for the Rangers. But, they were awarded this kick on an absolutely blown call by one of the referees. Realizing the bad call, Coach Evans told his kicker to tap to ball to the Oxbow keeper and just set back on up defense. It is that type of sportsmanship that has earned Coach Evans the type of reputation he has.
The duo of Urie and Thibault would strike again with 4 minutes left in the game, with Urie scoring his 2nd goal of the game. Kyle Perry would finish off the Lake Region scoring outburst with 90 seconds left in regulation, off a pass from Jesse Breault. This gave the Rangers a 5-1 lead and the victory.
After the game Coach Evans was still visibly upset with his teams play. “To be honest it was a step back from a week ago. We weren’t cohesive, we didn’t move the ball, and we didn’t communication. It is nice to put 5 goals in, but we need to get a lot better.”
The Rangers will look to run their record to 2-0 with a home game against Lamoille on Tuesday, September 6th. Game time is scheduled for 4:30.