Olympians Control Midfield, Rangers in 2-0 Victory
ORLEANS-After falling to the Lake Region Ranger girls in Bradford a week ago, Oxbow made the adjustments they needed as they recorded a 2-0 win at Ranger Field. The Olympians connected on a goal in each half and made it stand up with mid-field dominance and a physical attitude. They pinned down high scoring Tyrah Urie holding the lineman to three shots on goal. Coach Brad Urie stated, “We learned a valuble lesson today. I think we may have taken them a little bit for granted and we’re not good enough to just not play our hardest each time out. We will learn from this and be better for it.”After Oxbow’s Emily Speck drove a high shot into the Ranger cage, LRU responded. Sophomore Tori Adams made some good rushes out of her own end. She fed Urie who flashed down the right sideline. She turned the corner and drove to the net dropping off a nice pass into the front of the cage. Senior Drew Neal and sophomore Amber Bernier both had a good shot at it but the Oxbow defense blocked both volleys before the ball was cleared.Urie moved her way into zone minutes later and was stuffed at the doorstep on a good stop by Olympian goalkeeper Holly Lund from point blank range.Oxbow continued to win most of the midfield 50/50 balls keeping the pressure on the home team.While the offense found their footing, Lake Region’s defensive corps held the visitors at bay. A pair of juniors, Sabrina Roberge and Corrina Cota, stopped purple runs, and senior Sarah Burnham made sure loose balls were cleared out of harms way.Senior Ashley Locke was solid with her traps and distribution of the ball. The most physical Ranger was a force in the middle of the field for the blue and white.Oxbow nearly went up 2-0 but Ranger netminder Jordan Cowles leaped to her right knocking down a shot from Oxbow’s Morgan Brill.The Olympian’s upped the margin to a 2-0 lead off a corner kick. The cross was blasted in from a tight angle off a scramble by Vanessa Valley. The goal came with 21 minutes to go in the second half.The Lake Region girls did not quit. They got of a flurry of shots by Urie and freshman Karamae Hayman-Jones. They followed with a Haley Kennedy shot and a Neal volley was deflected by Oxbow keeper Lund off the crossbar. Moments later the Lady Rangers hit the right post just missing the back of the net.Oxbow recovered and dropped eleven girls back to their side of the field over the last ten minutes getting the win and stopping LRU’s win streak at five.The Olympians improve to 3-2-1 on the year while the Ranger girls stand at 5-1, tying the best soccer start ever for LRU soccer. The girls host a scrappy Enosburg girls team this Saturday at 11 am.