ORLEANS–When fans came to the Ranger Field on Saturday morning for the Lake Region girls soccer team's game against Danville, they could feel a buzz in the air.
Maybe it was the electricity that accompanies homecoming weekend, or perhaps it was the beautiful autumn day.
But more than likely it was the fact that they had to chance to witness history being made, and that is exactly what they saw, as Tyrah Urie scored goals number 56 and 57 to break Richie Hackett's all-time goal scoring record.
"This feels real good," said Tyrah after the game. "I think we are really clicking right now and everyone is working hard and playing together."
"This is a pretty big deal for her, and for us it lets people know that they have somebody that they have to mark up and plan for, but we have so many girls stepping it up that her goal total just makes things a little confusing for the other teams because we are very multi-faceted right now as far as the offense goes," said LR coach Brad Urie.
Right from the start of the game you could feel the energy coming from the Lady Rangers.
The communication level on the field was high, and the result was accurate plays that turned into quality chances on the Danville side of the pitch.
It took only eight minutes for Lake Region to get on the board, as Tori-Lynne Adams fired a rebound past Indian goalie Dani Cochran for the 1-0 Lady Ranger advantage.
They play started with a throw in by Brooke Morley, and from there Megan Menard and Haley Kennedy worked the ball into the front of the cage where Adams eventually made the score.
"Coach is always taking about running through the ball, no matter where it hits you, and that is what I did today," Adams said about her play on Saturday.
Adams was on fire in the first half, using her speed and quick feet to maneuver around the opposition with little resistance.
With 17:03 left in the half Adams struck again when Kennedy sent a beautiful cross into the 18 and right on to Tori-Lynne's foot, and the junior had no problem popping in her second of the game.
Said coach Urie, "Her decision making and her play-making has been one of the biggest reasons that we are playing happy on offense this year."
Danville occasionally made their way into Lake Region territory throughout the first half, and their best scoring play came with less than five minutes to go, as they appeared to cut the Lady Ranger's lead to just one, but their goal was disallowed because of a handball.
Using the momentum from the no-goal, Lake Region came charging back down the field.
Adams found an open lane and sprinted into the 18 where she was fouled.
Amber Bernier got the nod to take the PK, and she quickly sent it into the lower right-hand corner of the net to push the blue and white's lead to three.
But Lake Region wasn't done yet.
With 1:12 left to in the first, Urie shook loose and got off a nice low shot to make it 4-0 and tie Hackett's record of 56 goals in a career.
In the second Lake Region kept up the intensity.
Adams looked like she was going to net her third of the game when she, Urie and Katie Menard hooked up for a little passing clinic that resulted in Adams’ shot, but Cochran was there to make the save.
Two minutes later Cochran would not be so fortunate.
Morley made a nice throw in to Adams who headed up field.
She took a look and saw an open Tyrah streaking towards the net and sent her the ball.
With a chance at history on her foot, Urie did not miss, blasting home another low shot to set the new Lake Region scoring record of 57 goals in a career.
"I think it will be a little while," Tyrah said about how long she would take to process this special accomplishment.
After the goal, coach Urie gave his starters some well earned rest, utilizing the talented players he has on his bench to close out the game.
"We had a lot of young players get a lot of minutes today, and they did not let up," coach Urie said. "They tried to keep the pressure in one end, they communicated well and quite honestly, they make us a lot stronger team."
As the buzzer sounded it was a happy, smiling group of players that gathered together for the post-game chat with their coach.
Said Adams, "Our chemistry is great, from freshmen to seniors. We do a lot together like team dinners and we have been bonding all along."
Jordyn Cowles finished the game with three saves to earn the shut-out, while Dani Cochran had nine saves in the loss for 4-8 Danville.
Now standing at 10-2, Lake Region will get ready for their match with Richford on Tuesday.
Game time is 4:00.