An 8-0 defeat suffered by the Pirates at the hands of the Bayfield Wolverines on Tuesday was summed up by the words of Coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason: “There were many things lacking in the girls’ performance yesterday (Tuesday). The one that stood out the most in my mind was desire.”
In fact, it didn’t take long for the Wolverines to take the wind out of the Pirates’ sails, as Bayfield scored just two minutes into the game. With Wolverine scores following at the 24-, 27- and 36-minute marks, the Pirates found themselves down 4-0 by the end of the half.
The Pirates fared no better in the second half, as Bayfield scored early, at the six-minute mark, then following with goals at 21, 23 and 31 minutes into the half, finishing with a commanding 8-0 victory over Pagosa.
Keeper Brooklyn DuCharme was credited with 10 saves, while Maddy Davey logged two shots on goal.
“Bayfield was a better team and probably the best in our region,” Kurt-Mason said regarding Tuesday’s loss.
Indeed, Bayfield leads area teams with an overall 6-0 season record, standing at 5-0 in league play.
Despite Tuesday’s walloping, the next week could be a tremendous boost for Pagosa soccer, with this afternoon leading into games over the next week that matches 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.
The Pirates go into this next week with a 1-5 season record and a 1-4 record in 3A Region 5 soccer.
Tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m., the Pirates host the 2-5-1 Montezuma-Cortez Panthers, a team rebuilding from last year, when it suffered a mid-season collapse. However, the Panther’s program appears to be on the mend and Friday’s non-league game should be the Pirates’ toughest challenge of the week.
The Pirates travel to Ignacio the next day for an 11 a.m. match against the 0-4 Bobcats, a team sharing the 3A Region 5 basement with the Center Vikings.
On Tuesday at 4 p.m., the Pirates return home to host the 0-4 Vikings, a team the Pirates beat 9-0 in Center on March 20.
All home games are in Golden Peaks Stadium at Pagosa Springs High School and are free of charge.