CUMBERLAND – If the Greely Rangers were looking for a game to prove they’re ready for anything the opposition might throw at them during the postseason, they got it Friday night from Kennebunk.

The 12th-seeded Rams blitzed the fifth-seeded Rangers early with an up-tempo, ball-pursuing offense before the Rangers settled into their own game on the way to a 3-0 victory in a Western Class A girls’ soccer prelim at Greely High.

“They definitely came at us fast,” said Greely senior captain Libby Thomas. “We let them take control of the game first.

“We’re not used to seeing a team play so athletically. They were really fast and they had a lot of high pressure and a lot of intensity.

“Luckily as the half got on, we kind of came together. We started connecting some passes and playing the way we usually play.

“We’re really a possession-based team.”

The Rangers advanced to the quarterfinals and will travel to Saco to face fourth-seeded Thornton Academy on Wednesday.

Thornton topped Massabesic 2-0 in another prelim on Friday.

The Rangers and Golden Trojans will be meeting in the playoffs for the third consecutive year.

Thornton emerged victorious the last two times, including a 2-1 win last year in the regional semifinals.

Greely opened the scoring eight minutes into the game when Sarah Ingraham sent a pass ahead to Sara Schad, who released a quick shot that seemed to fool Kennebunk goalkeeper Jen Richardson, as the ball skidded past and into the goal.

The Rangers continued to pressure following the goal and created two more chances in the next two minutes.

First, Madison McKenney was foiled on a clear break to the front of the goal when Richardson made a sprawling stop.

Moments later, Sammi Toorish set up Thomas, who took a shot that Richardson tipped just above the crossbar.

“The SMAA (Southern Maine Activities Association) is very different than what we see during our regular season,” said Toorish, who had a goal and an assist.

“It took us a little bit by surprise. The first half was a little bit messy but I think we adapted well and realized once we scored that we were OK.”

Kennebunk tried to answer midway through the half when Alyssa Weigle sent a cross to the front of the goal.

Greely goalkeeper Caton Beaulieu blocked the shot, but the rebound came free on the goal line.

However, Greely’ defender Teal Otley was there to help clear the ball.

The Rangers punctuated the half with two goals in the final 51/2 minutes, with Toorish in on both of them.

She played a long ball from her side of the half to send Audrey Parolin in on a breakaway to give the Rangers a 2-0 advantage.

Then Toorish took matters into her own hands four minutes later when she took a pass from Thomas and beat Richardson with a well-placed shot to the bottom corner of the goal for a 3-0 halftime lead.

“I think we definitely came out pretty fired up,” said Kennebunk Coach Shannon Corliss.

“The two late (first-half) goals took a little bit out of us, but I didn’t feel at any point that we were out of it.

“We just couldn’t capitalize on a scoring opportunity.”