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Soccer team to play Palisade Friday, Cortez Tuesday

Fresh off three “intense” scrimmages in Denver last weekend, the Pagosa Springs High School soccer team will begin its season this Friday with an unexpected home game.

Instead of traveling to Palisade on Saturday to begin the season, Palisade will travel to Pagosa on Friday as part of a weekend tour of southwest teams (they play Bayfield Saturday).

The game begins at 4 p.m. at Golden Peaks Stadium and is free to students, parents and the public.

According to Coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason, last weekend’s play bodes well for the Pirates to begin the regular season.

The Buccaneers took on three teams Saturday (in heat hovering around 98 degrees) — ThunderRidge, Glenwood Springs and Holy Family — and, while no official score was kept, Kurt-Mason said the games were close.

“They were pretty intense games,” Kurt-Mason said.

In the game against ThunderRidge, Kurt-Mason said he played both varsity and junior varsity players in the even game.

Kurt-Mason said the Pirates faltered more against Glenwood Springs, with their offensive shape tending to be too spread out, but the coach said that goalkeepers Silas Thompson and Coleman Smith were “spot on.”

The coach said the final match of the day was again even, with the Pirates’ play progressing throughout the match.

Kurt-Mason said the team members seemed like they were in midyear form during the match, with confident play and tight form.

Transitioning into the regular season, Kurt-Mason said he hopes the team performs as they did last weekend and are confident, aggressive, patient in the midfield and provide good finishing.

In addition to Saturday’s home game, the Pirates play at home on Tuesday, welcoming the Montezuma-Cortez High School Panthers to Golden Peaks Stadium at 4 p.m.

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