Despite dropping their last two regularly scheduled season games — a 2-0 loss in Cortez on May 3 against the Panthers and a 4-1 loss last Saturday in Telluride against the 12th-ranked Miners — the 9-4-2 Pirates were given a spot in the state 3A playoffs.
Ranked 25th in state 3A soccer, the Pirates were hosted by the eighth-ranked Colorado Springs Christian Lions yesterday afternoon, but scores were not available as of press time.
With Saturday’s loss, the Pirates finished third in the Mountain League behind Telluride (13-1-1 to take first) and the 24th-ranked Bayfield Wolverines (9-4-2 and second in league on points).
Saturday’s game was another example of the Miners’ extremely physical (and often questionable) level of play. In fact, Kassidy Smith caught an elbow in the second half and was knocked out, ending her season at that moment. Unfortunately, officials rescinded the red card (which would have pulled the Telluride player out of the playoffs) to a yellow card, the officials deeming the red card “too harsh” of a penalty.
After taking a 3-0 lead in the first half, the Miners were matched a point in the second when Sydney Smith knocked in Pagosa’s only goal for the game.
Sydney Smith, Nicoll Hunt and Katie Blue each had three shots on goal. Keeper Alyssa Laydon was credited with 10 saves.
Results of the Pirates’ first-round match will be published in the May 19 edition of The SUN. A victory against the Lions would pit the Pirates against winners of yesterday’s match between Bayfield and the ninth-ranked Manitou Springs Mustangs (9-5). If the Pirates move onto the next round, they will play on Saturday and results of that game (if played) will also appear in next week’s edition of The SUN.