Pirates, Bayfield tie in final soccer game of season

Finishing up its season at Bayfield last Thursday, the Pagosa Springs Pirate varsity soccer team came up even for the game, if not for the season.

Riley Searle delivered for the Pirates just six minutes into the game with a goal off assists by Josh DeVoti and Marian Kromer. However, Bayfield answered that goal, scoring three times before the end of the half. Keeping the half close, DeVoti provided another assist on a Kromer goal at the 34-minute mark, ending the half 3-2.

Strong defense from both teams prevented any scores until almost midway through the second period. Then, at 57 minutes into the game, Kromer scored his second goal for the game, with an assist from Henning Boman, tying the game 3-3.

It looked as though the Pirates would end the match triumphantly with what Coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason called, “Probably the goal of the season.” Beating out two defenders, Devoti drilled the ball past the Bayfield goalie in the final minute of the game.

Unfortunately for the Pirates, Bayfield was able to match the goal almost immediately and in the final seconds of the game. Despite two five-minute overtime periods, neither team was able to overcome the deadlock and the game ended in a 4-4 tie.

“It was a hard-fought game,” said Kurt-Mason, “Great passing on our part and Bayfield couldn’t mount any attacks. Our guys really controlled the tempo of the game.”

When asked about his team’s prospects for next year, Kurt-Mason replied, “I hate to call it a ‘building season’ but that’s what it has been. We just got a late start on becoming the team we could be.”

With five seniors leaving the team, Kurt-Mason will have nine returning lettermen for a seasoned squad competing in 2009.