ORLEANS --- A seemingly routine game, turned intense over the final 10 minutes of regulation, as the Lake Region Rangers battled to a 1-1 draw against the Lyndon Institute Vikings Tuesday afternoon.
“We need to play the full game with more intensity,” Coach Brad Urie said after the game.
Over the first 40 minutes both teams played solid soccer. Each side had opportunities to score, but neither team could capitalize and put the go-ahead goal in the back of the net. It looked as if neither team wanted to take control of the game, and stake their claim as the team to beat.
Coming out of halftime, it looked as if the Lady Rangers were poised to make a run and put themselves ahead on the scoreboard. Tyrah Urie played a beautiful cross into the middle of the 18 only to have it slip through untouched; minutes later Callie-Rae Cashin pushed a shot just wide from 25 yards out.
With 10 minutes left in regulation, the Lady Vikings drew first blood as pushed a shot from inside the 18 yard line just passed Goalkeeper Allie Hall. But the Blue and White of Lake Region wouldn’t go down without a fight. With their fans on the edge of their seats and 3 minutes left on the scoreboard, Senior Miranda Beaudry took control. She stole the ball from the Vikings’ striker and pushed it up the left sideline. Tyrah Urie ran the perfect route and received the ball deep in the corner, she turned on the ball and sailed a cross right in front of the Vikings net; and right on to the waiting foot of Ashley Locke. This tied the game at 1 and sent the fans at Ranger Field into a frenzy. The Lady Rangers had a chance to put the game away before overtime, but they pushed a free kick just wide of the goal with seconds remaining on the clock.
The overtime periods produced the same kind of drama and action that the remaining 10 minutes of regulation had displayed. Lake Region had 6 shots on goal in the overtime period, but they would not fall in and as the final buzzer sounded, the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
From the sidelines you could tell Coach Brad Urie was not happy about his team’s recent performance. “We need to figure out how to play the entire game with intensity, not just 5 to 10 minutes at a time. We are still learning a lot of stuff, but we are definitely going to get better. Mental mistakes were killing us out there; when we started picking up the intensity we dominated the play. I am a little disappointed though; a tie is a loss in my book.”
Coach Urie also stated, “We had some good things and we had a lot of younger players step up, but I have some older players that need to step up even bigger.”
The tie ran LR’s record to 1-0-1 on the young year. They look to pick up win number 2 on Thursday, September 15th when the Winooski Spartans travel to Ranger Field. Game time is set for 4:30