GORHAM — Kevin Lubelczyk registered a goal and an assist to lead Gorham to a 2-0 victory over South Portland in a Western Class A boys’ soccer quarterfinal Wednesday night.

The fourth-seeded Rams (12-3) advance to face top-seeded Scarborough in a regional semifinal on Saturday.

For fifth-seeded South Portland (10-3-3), it’s the second straight year in which its season ended against Gorham in the quarterfinals.

The Rams set the tone with an up-tempo start, leading to an early goal.

Jesse Orach worked himself free deep in the South Portland end and found Kevin Lubelczyk unmarked. Lubelczyk took the pass and quickly released a low shot to the right of Red Riots keeper Shawn Shannon for a 1-0 lead just 3:45 into the game.

“We definitely came out really playing very hard,” said Lubelczyk, one of the offensive leaders for a team that averaged nearly five goals per game during the regular season. “We were playing our game, getting the ball on the ground. That’s how we like to play, control the pace of the game.

“Our quick play really generates a lot of chances for us.”

Gorham made it 2-0 with less than 10 minutes remaining in the half. Lubelczyk started the play at midfield and played give-and-go with his younger brother, Mike, as they moved toward the goal. Once in striking distance, the elder Lubelczyk passed to Connor Reagan, who beat Shannon low to the left.

“We started a little flatfooted,” said South Portland Coach Bryan Hoy. “We allowed them to dribble in the box twice and they scored twice. We have to do a better job than that.

“It took two against us to get us to start playing.”

South Portland created a couple opportunities late in the half but couldn’t break through.

The best chance came in the final minute, off the foot of Jack Lano. The senior cut across the top of the penalty box before releasing a hard shot that was snared by Gorham keeper Carter Bowers on the goal line.

“We like to start fast and play hard the rest of the game,” said Reagan. “We got the two goals in the first half and it was enough to hold them for the rest of the game.

“We were looking to play smart as a whole in the second half, and for the defense to get the ball out late in the game when we were trying to hold them off.”

The Red Riots kept pressing in the second half, but similar to the first half, most of their good scoring chances were slightly out of sorts. When they finally did get a shot, they were either stopped by Bowers or played the ball wide of the goal.

One of South Portland’s best second-half chances came with 16 minutes remaining in regulation.

Damjan Draskovic started the play with a pass to Will Bushey, who quickly crossed to Lano unmarked in front. Lano’s chip went over the crossbar, however.