In boys soccer: Rangers best Vikings in hard-fought game

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Rangers freshman Rian Hayman-Jones looks for an angle against Vikings defender Kyle Morin during Friday's soccer game.  Photos by David Dudley
Rangers freshman Rian Hayman-Jones looks for an angle against Vikings defender Kyle Morin during Friday’s soccer game. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle September 17, 2014 

by David Dudley

LYNDON — The Lake Region Rangers traveled south Friday to face the Vikings of Lyndon Institute.

It was roughly 48 degrees at game time, but the competition between these two teams was hot.  According to Rangers Coach Tom Evans, the two teams were equally matched.

After a scoreless first half, Fernando Tejero set up Alvaro Cortadellas to give the Vikings a 1-0 lead.

The Vikings’ lead didn’t last long, though.  Within five minutes the Rangers retaliated, as freshman Riley Urie sent a corner kick sailing to the far side of the goal where fellow freshman Brady Perron kicked the ball in from short range.

The game was tied 1-1, briefly, before freshman Dylan Lahar assisted Kolby George to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead, which they would carry for the rest of the game.

Half-time marked the turning point for both teams.

Freshman Brady Perron tries to make the turn against Kyle Morin.  Ashton Rodriquez comes to help on defense, as goalie Brian Ntabana prepares for a possible shot.
Freshman Brady Perron tries to make the turn against Kyle Morin. Ashton Rodriquez comes to help on defense, as goalie Brian Ntabana prepares for a possible shot.

“We can create opportunities if we’re able to switch the point of attack quickly,” Coach Evans told his team. “The Vikings are shifting strong to the ball, but if we can get it quickly across, rather than two passes or three passes, we could run on to a few.”

That’s exactly what happened, as each team put their respective points on the board, and all within a six-minute window.

“When we transitioned the ball quickly from the weak side to the strong side, we put a couple in,” Mr. Evans said.

Still, he believes the team has a lot of work to do.

“I want for us to work on controlling the ball, and to control the tempo,” he said.  “We’re very young.  Today, I started a couple seniors, a couple juniors, three sophomores, and five freshmen.

“Even then, it was a nice mixture, with a good result.”

contact David Dudley at [email protected]

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