Playing well in their first home game of the season last Saturday morning at Golden Peaks Stadium, the Pirate soccer team showed continued improvement in a 2-1 loss to the Telluride Miners.
“They’re a team that wasn’t scored on a single time by any team in our region, last season,” said Pirate coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason of the Miners. “That is an indication at how well the girls played.”
With a leadoff goal by Pirate sophomore Nicole Hunt at 14 minutes into the game, Pagosa appeared to have taken the early initiative from the Miners. Unfortunately, two quick breakaway goals from mid-field by Telluride standout Madison Ward tipped the scales back in the Miner’s favor, giving Telluride a 2-1 advantage at the end of the first half.
With most of the action concentrated at mid-field, the Pirates controlled the action in the first half, taking 12 shots on the goal while holding Telluride to just six shots. Pirates sophomore goalie Alyssa Laydon made a tremendous effort, controlling the goal throughout the game and, according to Kurt-Mason, “The two scores by Ward were tough to stop and she (Laydon) really controlled the box. Ward came in one-on-one against Alyssa and any one of those shots were tough to stop.”
Evenly matched in the second half, both teams fought a defensive battle, holding each other to just four shots in the period. Neither team managed to put a shot into the net, leaving Pagosa its first loss at home and 0-4 for the season.
Kurt-Mason sees the Pirates continuing to improve, however, saying, “We’re not getting into trouble. We’re playing really well.”
Pagosa hosts again at Golden Peaks Stadium today with a 4 p.m. game against the Class 4A Alamosa Mean Moose.