Rangers Win on Controversial Late Penalty Kick

ORLEANS–A questionable call late led to Tyrah Urie scoring the game winning goal with 4:24 left in regulation as Lake Region defeated Enosburg 2-0 on Saturday afternoon.Urie was driving down the left side of the field where she made contact with McKenzie Gleason, then fell to the ground.Much to the surprise to those closest to the play, the referee awarded Urie the PK, and she made no mistake, sending the ball high and into the net."Sometimes that happens in soccer, but I am not going to make the call one way or another" said coach Brad Urie about the play.The goal not only was the game winner, it also tied Urie with Paige Wells for second all-time amongst female goal scorers at Lake Region.Urie's PK was not the only one issued the Lady Rangers on Saturday.In the first half, with Lake Region controlling the play, Enosburg's goalie Megan Bosley made contact with Megan Menard, and Menard went to the line with 21:24 left on the clock.Menard wound and fired, but Bosley was there to make the stop.The blue and white's other great scoring chance of the half came with six minutes left to play as Karamae Hayman-Jones fed Urie who plunked the ball off of the crossbar, and the half ended with the two teams tied at 0-0.Urie, whose scoring this season is the thing of legends, had a tough time trying to get open against the Hornets, as Gleason effectively negated her space on the field.Said coach Urie of Gleason's work, "She is probably the toughest defender we have seen this year. She did a tremendous job."In the second, Enosburg played the roll of aggressor early, but Lake Region's defense was unfazed.Starting from goalie Jordyn Cowles, who had two fantastic stops in the half, and moving out, the Lady Rangers stymied the buzzing Hornets and eventually things tilted back towards the Enosburg end of the field."Our team defense was key today," Urie said. "We marked the whole field and we had people covered the entire field and our goalie was in position all day and I am very happy with her efforts."Menard had the first good crack at the Hornet net in the second, almost splitting the defense for a clear shot on goal.A little after the Menard chance coach Urie, realizing that Tyrah was getting nowhere fast, switched Amber Bernier up top and sent Tyrah back, which immediately paid dividends."It seemed to open the field for us a little bit, and it spread their defense out" Urie said. With Gleason still on Tyrah, the quartet of Drew Neal, Bernier, Haymen-Jones, and Menard set about the business of getting a ball across the goal line and into the back of the net.Activity picked up around and in the Hornet eighteen, but still no goals.Finally, Urie got the PK and it was clear that the tally, and to some extent, maybe even more so than the goal, the call, took the wind right out of Enosburg's sail.With less than a minute left to play, a botched punt by Bosley and some quick footwork by Neal made it 2-0 Rangers, as Drew was able to retrieve the loose ball and bury it with little difficulty."We had to step up our game from our last one, and we worked really hard as a team" Neal said about Lake Region's play.Cowles had four saves in the Ranger shut-out while Bosley had seven the Hornets.The effort by the Rangers was much better than that of their previous outing against Oxbow, a contest they lost two nil.Now the biggest challenge of the season thus far awaits 6-1 Lake Region as they travel across the state to take on BFA-Fairfax tomorrow at 4:30.