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Soccer team suffers first loss of season, hosts three matches

Suffering their first loss of the season, the Pagosa Springs High School boys’ soccer team (4-1-0) fell to Crested Butte 2-1 in overtime on Saturday.

Riley Searle’s sixth goal of the season was the team’s only one on the day.

“It was a heartbreak,” Coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason said of the game.

Kurt-Mason reported that the Titans scored in the first 12 minutes of the game.

The Pirates did not score until the game’s 65th minute, when Searle took a direct kick from about 35 yards out.

Despite the fast-paced nature of the game, the score was tied at the end of regulation play.

“Both teams were going forward and not taking the time to get numbers up,” Kurt-Mason said, referring to the teams’ transitions from defense to offense.

Crested Butte was able to take advantage of Pagosa’s rushing in overtime, when the Pirates tried to take the ball away instead of slowing it down, allowing the Titans to take a cross shot from about 30 yards out that met the back of the net.

“It was a hard one to lose because it could have gone either way,” Kurt-Mason said. “We just didn’t have the patience to keep it in the midfield.”

In the game, Pagosa took 16 shots-on-goal, while Crested Butte took only nine.

“We could have had better shots,” Kurt-Mason said. “We were just taking them too soon.”

Kurt-Mason reported that Silas Thompson, Pirate goalkeeper, was the team’s player of the game for his seven “good” saves.

The Pirates were scheduled to head to Farmington for a game against Piedra Vista High School Tuesday afternoon, but the game was postponed to Oct. 21 — the last day regular-season games can be played.

The Pirates are slated to host three home games in the next week, the first of which is against conference opponent Bayfield and all three of which will be under the helm of assistant coach Scott Galabota while Kurt-Mason is out of town.

Bayfield, listed on PostPreps as having a 1-0 record (an 8-2 victory over Center), comes to Golden Peaks Stadium today at 4 p.m.

Kurt-Mason said the Wolverines are struggling this year, thanks to a young team and a lack of numbers compared to the past, but will likely feature good goalkeeping.

Kurt-Mason said the keys to the game for the Pirates are maintaining their style of play, keeping focused and not going into the game overconfident.

Saturday, the Pirates will host Dolores Huerta Preparatory High, from Pueblo, for the first time.

The 3A team has a 1-4 record on the season and will be Pagosa’s Homecoming opponent.

Kurt-Mason said, though the team has struggled this season, Dolores Huerta has appeared to play close games this season.

Action starts at 1 p.m.

Monday, the Pirates again take to the home pitch for a contest against the Durango High School JV Demons.

“Durango’s an awesome team,” Kurt-Mason said, noting the team’s passing, attacking, defending and goal keeping.

Kurt-Mason said he believes the match will be good preparation for next week’s conference matches against Telluride and Ridgeway.

Tuesday’s game is slated to begin at 4 p.m.

All games are free to the public.

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