Finding the transition from practicing in a gym to running formations on a field somewhat clumsy and cumbersome, the Pirates were unable to convert on offense Tuesday afternoon against a seasoned and well-practiced 4A Durango Demons JV squad, taking a 2-0 road loss to start Pagosa’s season.
“They were definitely better organized than we were,” Pirate head coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason said regarding the Demons.
The loss followed a 4-2 scrimmage victory last weekend against the Pirates’ other Demon opponents in Buena Vista.
Durango converted on a corner kick at 33 minutes into the first half, giving the Demons a 1-0 advantage.
At 52 minutes into the game, the Demons took advantage of some confusion in the Pirate box, clinching the game with a 2-0 victory.
“That second goal was the result of kind of a scrum in the box,” Kurt-Mason said. “It took a Durango bounce.”
Maddy Davey, Katy Blue and Johannah Laverty were the only Pirates who had scoring opportunities Tuesday, with the team logging just three shots on goal.
Attributing the team’s rough start to the difficulty in transitioning from the gym to the turf, Kurt-Mason was nonetheless positive about the Pirates’ outlook for later games.
“It was a good defensive game,” Kurt-Mason said, giving praise to keeper Brooklyn DuCharme, credited with nine saves for the game.
“For someone who just moved into that position, Brooklyn is a quick study and she did a great job,” Kurt-Mason said.
Kurt-Mason added that he has high hopes in Blue and Davey at midfield.
With just three seniors on this year’s squad, the Pirates are fielding a young team this season, one that will hopefully grow into being a formidable contender in 3A Region 5 girls soccer.
Kurt-Mason put Tuesday’s game in perspective prior to this weekend’s matches against 3A Region 5 league opponents.
“We played well defensively, we just didn’t create many opportunities on offense,” the coach said. “It’s going to take a couple more games before we get our game in shape.”
This weekend’s matches (both indicating the Pirates as the home team) will be played in either Durango or Cortez due to snow still on the field at Golden Peaks Stadium.
“I’m hoping for Durango, so we don’t have to travel as far,” Kurt-Mason said.
The Pirates take the field at noon tomorrow against the Telluride Miners, following up with an 11 a.m. match against the Ridgway Demons on Saturday.