After a long bye during spring break, the Pirate soccer team returns to action this Saturday with an 11 a.m. match against the Vikings in Center — Pagosa’s second conference game of the season.
The Pirates haven’t played since their big 9-0 victory against the Panthers in Cortez on March 23.
According to coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason, the Vikings are an unknown quantity. “I don’t really know anything about them,” the coach said. “We’ll just have to wait and see this weekend.”
In fact, the 3-2 Pirates (0-1 in conference) will be meeting an 0-1 team, one that lost 10-0 to the Bayfield Wolverines on March 26.
Currently, the Telluride Miners lead the conference with an overall 3-3 record, and 3-0 in the league. The Bayfield Wolverines hold the number-two spot with 2-1 league record, 2-2 overall.
The Pirates are third in the conference with their .600 record while Center, the Ignacio Bobcats and the Ridgway Demons are all winless in conference play and hold losing overall records.
The Pirates return home on Tuesday, April 20 at 4 p.m. for a match against Ridgway.
“The field should be ready by then,” said Kurt-Mason. A previously scheduled home game (March 19 against the Miners) was relocated due to the amount of snow remaining on the field at Golden Peaks Stadium. Kurt-Mason reported that the field is now clear and said, “This wind (earlier in the week) should dry things out nicely.”
The coach was more enthusiastic about getting his players back to practice, preparing for Saturday’s match in Center.
“It’s great to have them back after the long break,” he said. “The girls are excited.”