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Lady Pirates win one, lose one in league play

Still building, the Pirates dropped a short one, but picked up a big one, as they won 10-0 in Center on Saturday against the Vikings but came up short in Bayfield on Tuesday against the Bayfield Wolverines with a 2-0 loss.

Possessing the ball 90 percent of the time in the second half and completely controlling the tempo of the game, the Pirates never saw a challenge in Center. Beginning with a leadoff goal by Nicole Hunt at five minutes in, the Vikings were incapable of holding off a Pirate offensive onslaught nor seemed able to break through a tough Pagosa defense.

“Nicole Hunt was just on fire on the forward line,” said coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason. “They just couldn’t contain her.”

In fact, Hunt had two goals and two assists for the game. Breezy Bryant also scored two goals with Kassidy Smith, Natasha Medici, Erika Pitcher, Katie Blue, Natalie Erickson and Haleigh Zenz scoring a goal each.

“Angie Gallegos was just all over the field and hard to contain,” said Kurt-Mason, “and Breezy was impressive, quite an accomplishment in her varsity game and her first time on the field in years.”

The Pirates kept up a strong defensive front against the Wolverines in Bayfield on Tuesday, but, unfortunately, couldn’t finish in the box and returned home with a loss in a conference game.

“Erika Pitcher was all over the field making plays and Nicole was just outstanding,” said Kurt-Mason. “Bayfield had a hard time containing her. She had five shots in the second half, right on goal; she just kept on hitting the keeper, kept on breaking through the last defender. Not to take anything away from her, we just couldn’t get it in there. After the game, the ref said he was amazed that we hadn’t won. We’ll get them next time.”

Action continues this weekend as the Pirates challenge a pair of Demons with a 2-2 conference record, 4-3 overall. The girls travel to Durango on Saturday for an 11 a.m. match against the Demons, then return home Tuesday to play Ridgway at 4 p.m. at Golden Peaks Stadium.

jim@pagosasun.com