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 Urieâ€™s 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.
â€śI wasnâ€™t happy with the way we were attacking,â€ť said head coach Tom Evans. â€śWhen heâ€™s up there, he makes things happen, and we needed that.â€ť
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 teamâ€™s first corner kick of the day.
It was then Beauregardâ€™s 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 teamâ€™s 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 Regionâ€™s 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).
â€śWe got on the ball in area well today,â€ť said Evans, â€śAnd pumped in two quick balls in the first half to give us that needed edge. But in terms of quality of play, we just werenâ€™t talking out there.
â€śI think it was mostly nerves, but weâ€™ll need to continue to play much better if weâ€™re to have a chance against Mount Abe or Rice.â€ť
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.