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ORLEANS - With one score and a pair of assists, Lake Region senior Shaquille Urie lifted the Rangers to a 3-0 victory over visiting Miller River in opening round play of the Division II boys soccer tournament Tuesday.
Alex Beauregard pocked the No. 3 seeded Rangersâ (13-2) first goal of the afternoon by converting a well-placed Urie corner kick, followed by a Josh Thibault tally late in the first half and Urieâs goal early in the second half.
But it was Beauregard, who began the game like any other (as a marking back), that was called up front earlier than normal, that provided the jump start to a Lake Region offense that was slow out of the blocks.
âI wasnât happy with the way we were attacking,â said head coach Tom Evans. âWhen heâs up there, he makes things happen, and we needed that.â
After squandering early opportunities, it was a streaking Clint Provoncha who helped get Lake Region going. The junior burned a Mill River defender to help set up Urie for his teamâs first corner kick of the day.
It was then Beauregardâs run through the box and subsequent header that lifted the Rangersâ to a 1-0 lead with 8:13 to go in the first half.
A dormant offense now rolling, the Rangers struck again five minutes later.
Thibault raced out of nowhere to pocket his teamâs second goal with 3:45 remaining in the first, this off a Drew Gallup chip that Urie skipped off his chest into the box.
Lake Regionâs final tally came with 33:01 to go in the second half, this time with Beauregard assisting Urie to help his squad coast to a playdown victory over the 14th-seeded Minutemen (3-11-1).
âWe got on the ball in area well today,â said Evans, âAnd pumped in two quick balls in the first half to give us that needed edge. But in terms of quality of play, we just werenât talking out there.
âI think it was mostly nerves, but weâll need to continue to play much better if weâre to have a chance against Mount Abe or Rice.â
Lake Region will host sixth-seeded Mount Abraham (7-7-1), who knocked off No. 11 Rice in an overtime victory Tuesday. The quarterfinal match will be played Friday at 3 p.m.