ORLEANS-The Lake Region Rangers moved to 8-2-1 on the year after a 4-2 win over visiting Enosburg. Senior striker Alex Beauregard netted 4 goals, two in each half to power the Ranger offense.
Lake Region took an early 2-0 lead before a couple defensive breakdowns let the Hornets back in the game. Cam Cafori and Zack Dixon-Smith tallied for Enosburg forging a 2 all deadlock at the halftime horn.
The Rangers slugged it out in the middle of the field as each club looked for the go ahead score midway through the second half.
The game took on a physical turn and after a collision between Beauregard and the Enosburg goaltender.
The official awarded Alex a yellow card earning him some bench time.
A clearing pass from senior Jeremy Dean found Beauregard open down the left sideline.
He blew by the outside fullback and got off a left-footed shot. The ball knuckled and skidded past Hornet keeper Zak Nolan -Porter, giving the home team a 3-2 lead.
The Rangers fullbacks kept the Hornets at bay.
Logan Harper, Ian Strange and Josh Thibault came up big in the defensive end.
Goalie Danny Epinette made sure no volley crossed the line.
Even when the heat was on, the sophomore held his ground.
The Rangers iced it when Beauregard took an inside feed from Thibault and drove to the cage.
He was able to keep his balance as he was being dragged down, getting a strong left foot off and into the back of the net for the tally that closed the door for the 4-2 final score.
For head man Tom Evans it was a mixed bag.
“We played well early but overall it was not our best match. We had a couple defensive breakdowns that should not happen.
“But we showed a good effort when we needed it in the second half, and that made it work. The effort was there and that got us what we wanted.”
Evans opened the second half on the bank overlooking the field, a change from being on the bench. He said, “I needed a different look, and from that vantage point I could see our scheme better.
“We made adjustments and played better in the middle part of the second half. We got the win and we move on to focus on Danville on homecoming day Saturday.”
The Rangers stand at 8-2-1 while Enosburg drops to 4-6-1.
Parker had nine saves for Enosburg while Epinette made nine, including two outstanding stops for Lake Region.