Hosting their final home game of the season against Center, the Pagosa Springs Pirate soccer team provided the home crowd a glimpse of a team that had been hoped for all season long.
“The guys peaked too late in the season,” said coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason, “Technically, they are playing a superb game.”
The first score of the game came at the 30-minute mark when Marian Kromer capitalized off a corner kick from Ryan Searle that brought the ball within just six feet of the goal. Kromer’s volley gave the Pirates a 1-0 advantage that carried them to the end of the first half.
Quick into the second half, Henning Boman broke away from mid-field and drove towards the Center goal, maneuvering the ball around a Center defender. Leading Riley Searle through the seam, Boman provided the assist on Searle’s goal, giving the Pirates a 2-0 lead and the game.
Despite a valiant effort by Center’s goalie — 13 saves on 21 Pirate shots at the goal — the Pirates managed to pull out an impressive win. Comparatively, Center was not as dominant on the field and Pirate keeper Allen McIver was credited with three saves.
“It just took too long to get to this point,” said Kurt-Mason, “At this point, we’re just as good as any team in the league.”
The Pirates play their final game today at 4 p.m. in Bayfield.