ORLEANS–Tyrah Urie had three goals and Tori Adams had the other as Lake Region (10-2) cruised to the 4-0 win over Winooski (2-9) on Tuesday afternoon.
While the win was nice, Ranger coach Brad Urie sees a trend forming with his team that has him concerned.
"We play poorly in the first half and then play pretty well in the second," said Urie. "If you look at our scoring, that is what we do. I don't know why we stay in such a funk, but hopefully we fix that before the end of the year."
Much like Urie said, the girls in white got off to a slow start against the Spartans.
Winooski actually had the first shot on net, which Jordyn Cowles turned away with ease.
Heading in the other direction, the Lady Rangers started to get things going.
Tyrah fed Drew Neal for a chance, but she couldn't square it up.
Neal, who along with Caitlyn Bernier, buzzed around the Spartan half of the field, creating chances, and being an all around thorn in the visitor's sides.
The only goal of the half came on a nice play involving a host of Rangers.
Haley Kennedy sent a through ball to Urie, who traveled up the left side of the pitch.
She crossed it to Megan Menard, who shifted to the right and put one on net.
The ball beat the goalie and was resting on the goal line when Tyrah came in for the easy score.
Urie was at it again minutes later, but sent her shot wide.
Bernier then fired what looked to be a top shelf tally, but it just missed the net, middle up.
Then it was Adams turn turn to come close, but again Lake Region wasn't able to finish and the score remained 1-0 going into the break.
In the second the Lady Rangers came out gunning, but Winooski keeper Michaela Metivier had a huge save on Urie.
She wasn't so lucky the next time.
Celeste Lussier send Tyrah up through the middle of the field and she went in one-on-one and beat Metivier low.
The Spartans nearly got within one, hitting the post behind Cowles, but the subsequent flurry in front was cut short by a Winooski hand ball.
The Spartans did not have an easy go of it Tuesday.
They had just eleven players suited up for the game, and the wear and tear eventually caught up to them.
"It is hard. They got tired, but they played hard and played with heart," said Winooski coach Amy Benson.
Adams then got a little redemption on a nifty play.
Urie chased down a loose ball to the goal line, turned and fed it to Tori.
Adams made tremendous use of a screen in front and blasted a low ball home to make it 3-0.
"We got a lot of good stuff out of Tori today," coach Urie said.
Tyrah closed the scoring on an individual effort.
Heading down the left side once again, she hesitated, looking for an outlet, then just decided to go with it and fired in goal number three for her on the day.
"I don't know what to say," said the coach. "She gets the ball in the right spot and she puts it in."
Cowles had five saves to earn her 7th shut-out of the season, and right now she is red hot in between the pipes.
"I was feeling really good today and I think we have been playing really good defense as a team," said Cowles.
And the secret to her winning ways?
"Just get dirty."
The Lady Rangers are playing some strong soccer right now, but like the coach said, will need to tighten up their first half effort as they get closer to the start of play-offs.
The girls have today off before they get back to work, preparing for next Wednesday's battle with BFA Fairfax at home