Continuing their dominating season, the Pagosa Springs High boys recorded two shutouts in the last week, bringing them to a 4-0-0 record (2-0-0 in conference play).
The team has allowed only one goal on the season, while scoring 26.
On Thursday, in an intense game played mostly in the neutral one-third of the field, the Pagosa Springs Pirates defeated the Alamosa Mean Moose by a score of 2-0.
After a number of impressive saves by Pirate goalkeeper Silas Thompson and some offensive runs by the Pirates, Pagosa was finally able to connect with the back of the net, thanks to Eli Velasquez.
Following a push of Pirate Matt Fisher, Fisher fed the ball into play on a free kick and Velasquez scored a long goal in the game’s 26th minute.
It wasn’t until the second half that Pagosa was able to score again.
In the game’s 58th minute, the Pirates again introduced the ball to the back of the net, thanks to a direct kick taken by Riley Searle that resulted from an Alamosa handball in the goal box.
Though a physical game from the beginning, the game continued to become more physical as it progressed, with one Alamosa player receiving two yellow cards and being forced to leave the game.
“That was kind of the theme of the game,” Coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason said. “Our skill set was much larger than Alamosa’s and they were trying to make up for it with physical play.”
While stating that the game was physical, Kurt-Mason also said Alamosa was a good team with some skilled players, and added that he was pleased with his squad’s performance.
“I’m really pleased with the way we put passes together and the way we kept our cool,” Kurt-Mason said, adding, “They’re playing so well as a team.”
Alamosa traveled home Thursday with a 1-2 record.
Saturday, the team departed for Center with hopes of a quick return home in order to cheer on the volleyball team.
Their wish was granted through the help of the sport’s mercy rule, which ended the game after 49 minutes and a score of 10-0 in favor of the Pirates (seven goals were scored in the first half and three in the second half).
“They were all quality goals,” Kurt-Mason said.
Kurt-Mason said the team struggled with offsides initially in the game, thanks to a shorter field and a number of offsides traps executed by the Vikings.
But, armed with “tight” passing and “tight” defense, Pagosa was able to start tallying the goals, with a number of Pirates contributing to the final total.
In the game, Fisher, Diego Gutierrez, Quinn Smith and Searle scored two goals each, with Garek Erskine and Velasquez each contributing one goal.
On the season, Gutierrez leads the Pirates with six goals, while Searle and Smith each have five on the season.
As a side note, Kurt-Mason clarified that the Sept. 2 game against Palisade was reported as a 5-1 victory, but, after further review of the game’s scoring, the final score was actually 7-1.
Saturday, the squad heads to Crested Butte for an 11 a.m. contest against the Titans (conference opponents) that they hope to add to the win column.
The Titans are currently 2-2-2 (0-1-1 in conference play).