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ORLEANSâ€“The undefeated BFA-Fairfax Bullets are a good soccer team.
So it was no surprise that when they came in to Orleans to face Lake Region, it would be an uphill battle for the Rangers, and it was, as they fell 3-0 to the Bullets yesterday afternoon.
"I thought it was a much better showing than we had Tuesday," said Coach Evans after the game, "For the most part we played a decent first half, but I told them at halftime that we can't kick the ball out cause they are going to possess the ball more than us, and they did. They are a good ball club."
Just four minutes into the game, Fairfax was awarded a direct kick which they quickly converted into a goal.
Corey Begnoche would get the ball into the LR goal box where Alex Beauregard made an initial save, but Travis Yandow was there for the rebound, 1-0 BFA.
While they would not score again in the half, the Bullets kept up the pressure, slashing through the Ranger defense and forcing Beauregard to come up big time and time again.
His best save came off of a flurry of activity in front of him with twenty-five minutes left to play in the half.
A ball kicked loose and as the Fairfax player went to slide a shot in near post, Alex sprawled out and got a hand on the ball to keep it from going into the net.
The Rangers best work came waning minutes of the half when they were able to get near the perimeter of the Bullet eighteen, but getting actual good scoring chances proved very difficult.
The Rangers had a much better start to the second half. A direct kick off of a yellow card resulted in a chance at a header for Caleb Royer, but keeper Cameron Loller was there, like he was all contest long, to make the save.
The Bullets got there own try at converting a yellow card induced free kick four minutes later, and did so with a very pretty set play.
Again Begnoche was architect, placing the kick squarely in front of Ray Bosely who one timed the ball in the back of the net.
Said Fairfax Coach Katie Mack of the goal,"We have been working on set plays, and have been purposeful in spending time in practice working on them, and in the past couple of games it is really starting to pay off."
Evan Coach Evans was heard on the sidelines saying it was a good goal.
Try as they might, the Rangers could not break free from the Bullets. It seemed like every time a Ranger had the ball, two or three BFA kids would be on him in seconds, there was just no room for Lake Region to get things going.
Going the other way, Fairfax had no problem opening up holes with great touches to open players, and excellent communication by the team to alert guys of where the space was.
"We have a lot of leadership on this team," said Mack of her senior laden team, "We talk about having the discipline to do the little things right, so we go out there with the mindset that everyone needs to do their best to win."
Justin Bolam closed the games scoring with fifteen minutes left to play when he took a pass from Tyler Bolam and beat Beauregard low for the goal.
Lake Region will look to go 1-2 during this long week of games with their homecoming match against Hazen on Saturday at 3:00.