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Pirate soccer team to play key league match

The Pirates are in a rut that doesn’t appear to have an end anywhere in the near future. After losing 3-1 in Alamosa last Thursday against the Mean Moose, the 1-4 Pirates will host the seasoned 4-0 Bayfield Wolverines on Tuesday in another 3A Region 5 league match.

As of press time Wednesday, Pirates head coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason was unavailable for comment on last Thursday’s game.

The Mean Moose took the initiative in the first half, going up 2-0. A score by Maddy Davey narrowed the gap, but another Mean Moose goal clinched Alamosa’s 3-1 victory.

Keeper Rosie Graveson was credited with 17 saves for the Pirates.

On Tuesday, the Pirates host the league-leading Wolverines — a team that has defeated three teams that handed the Pirates losses earlier in the season. On March 16, the Wolverines defeated the Ridgway Demons 3-0 and went on to beat the Telluride Miners 3-1 the next day. On March 13, Bayfield beat the Mean Moose 5-0 in Alamosa.

The Pirates lost 3-0 to both the Demons and the Miners in mid-March.

If the Pirates can defeat the Wolverines on Tuesday, it will be a tremendous boost for Pagosa soccer, a victory leading into three games over the next two weeks that match the Pirates against two teams that are struggling in the league, and a non-league game against a school that was unable to field a team last season.

Tuesday’s game starts at 4 p.m. in Golden Peaks Stadium.

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