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Soccer team nails three straight victories

The Pirate soccer team appears to have rebounded from its season’s first loss on Sept. 24.

The squad took to the field three times in the last week, walking away with as many wins and giving up zero goals.

On Thursday, Pagosa welcomed the Bayfield Wolverines (1-3) to Golden Peaks Stadium.

Nine goals later, the Pirates sent the Wolverines home with a loss.

The scoring began in the game’s 22nd minute, when Sully Smith took a corner kick that Garek Erskine flicked to Quinn Smith, who one-touched the ball to the back of the net.

Eight minutes later, Matt Fisher dribbled into the box and passed to Riley Searle, who scored the team’s second goal.

In the game’s 33rd minute, Coltin Polzynski dribbled through a wall of defenders (to the dislike of Coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason, who stresses passing in such circumstances), shot and scored.

Four minutes later, Diego Gutierez finished a feed from Erskine.

Continuing the scoring frenzy, Smith finished a feed from Gutierez.

Beginning the second half just as the first half ended, Gutierez drove the ball into the box and passed to Fisher, who connected with the back of the net.

A minute later, the Pirates struck again when Searle flicked a throw in from Eli Stephens into the net.

Eleven minutes later, in the game’s 53rd minute, Smith garnered a hat trick, winning the ball off a Wolverine corner kick and taking it back in for a goal.

Rounding out the offensive parade on the day was an effort by Dean Hampton to feed the ball to Fisher, who scored his second goal of the day and the team’s ninth.

In the game, Pagosa recorded nine assists and 25 shots to complement the team’s goals.

“Diego draws defenders to him,” Kurt-Mason said of Gutierez in the game, who recorded one goal, two assists and four shots in the game adding, “If they don’t go to him, he’ll shoot and score.”

Next up, the Pirates played a delayed game against Dolores Huerta Prepatory High School from Pueblo.

Although scheduled for a 1 p.m. start, a wrong turn by the Dolores Huerta bus driver left the team lost and in the area of Creede. The game finally began at about 4 p.m.

Despite the late start, the Pirates hit the ground running, with a “creative” play two minutes into the game. In the play, Gutierez fed a “create” header to Fisher in front of the goal for a quick change to the scoreboard.

Two minutes later, Hampton drove the ball through the Dolores Huerta defense and passed to Searle, who found the back of the net.

Five minutes later, Gutierez two-touched a feed into the goal, receiving the ball with his chest before touching it into the next for the team’s third goal.

Twelve minutes in, Stephens took an assist from Searle to increase the team’s lead to 4-0.

Two minutes later, Smith fed the ball to Erskine, who beat the goalkeeper for a fifth goal.

One minute later, Erskine fed the ball to Gutierez to continue the offensive barrage.

In the game’s 26th minute, an unfortunate penalty by the Dolores Huerta goalkeeper allowed Searle to score on a direct kick. In the play, the goalkeeper left the box, marked by faded yellow lines amidst the while football lines, before picking up the ball.

In the 33rd minute, Smith fed the ball to Gutierez, who then fed the ball to Gabe Lister for a goal.

“It was a great triangle,” Kurt-Mason said of the play.

Rounding out the first half scoring was a feed from Smith to Matt Fisher for the team’s ninth goal.

Four minutes into the second half, the Pirates ended the game with a goal by Smith (games are finished at a 10-goal advantage).

The Pirates then continued their hot streak Tuesday afternoon in a soggy, physical affair against the Durango JV Demons.

“It’s a big win whenever you beat Durango,” Kurt-Mason said.

Despite the rain and temperatures in the 50s, the Pirates again hit the ground running, with Gutierez scoring in the game’s ninth minute.

The goal, however, would be the Pirates’ sole goal in the first half — not for lack of action.

In the half, Smith received two yellow cards for “bumping” into the Durango goalie, according to Kurt-Mason, equating to a soft red card that forced Smith out for the remainder of the game.

The only other goal of the game came midway through the second half from the feed of Searle, who recorded three shots on the day.

Most of the day’s shots, however, came from Fisher, who had six shots and one assist on the day.

“He was on fire,” Kurt-Mason said of Fisher, adding, “He was like the driving force of the universe.”

The Pirates, now 7-1, face two tough conference foes this weekend, in the forms of Telluride and Ridgeway.

“If we just keep doing the same things we’re doing, we’ll be fine,” Kurt-Mason said, adding, “The beauty of this team is that everyone can shoot.”

Kurt-Mason also complemented the team’s passing and teamwork.

“We’re doing all the right things,” he said.

Action is scheduled to get underway at 4 p.m. Friday at Golden Peaks Stadium against Telluride.

The next day, the Pirates return to action in an 11 a.m. match against Ridgeway, also in Pagosa Springs.

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