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Soccer team faces three, key league games

Coming up short for a winning record on Tuesday, the Pirate soccer team took a 5-1 loss against the Miners in Telluride.

With Tuesday’s loss, the Pirates are 3-7 for the season and 3-6 in the 3A Region 5 league.

Missing two starters (due to other commitments), the Pirates took the field with a distinct disadvantage, evidenced by the Miners scoring four goals in the first 12 minutes of the game.

However, Coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason gave his team credit for not giving up and holding tight throughout the next 68 minutes of the game.

“We made some adjustments and stopped the Miners in their track,” Kurt-Mason said. “Katy Blue scored on a PK (penalty kick) and we had momentum.”

Going into the second half down 4-1, the Pirates rallied on defense, but could not muster enough of an attack to overcome the deficit accumulated during the first half of the game. With keeper Brooklyn DuCharme making five saves in the second half, the Pirates allowed only one more goal, but were unable to close the gap, leaving Telluride with a 5-1 loss.

“Give the girls credit for their ability to adjust under adversity,” Kurt-Mason said. “Everyone is getting varsity playing time.” Regarding the missing starters, Kurt-Mason said, “That has been the theme this entire season.”

DuCharme logged a total of six saves, while Blue led the team with two shots on goal (with one score).

The Pirates face three tough league opponents this next week, beginning with a 4 p.m. game Friday against the 6-2 Demons in Ridgway. Holding the third-place spot in the league (Pagosa is in fifth place), the Demons defeated the Pirates 3-0 on March 17 in Cortez.

Returning home the next day, the Pirates host the fourth-place Mean Moose from Alamosa (6-3-1, 4-3-1 in 3A Region 5) for an 11 a.m. match. The Pirates lost 3-1 on March 29 in Alamosa.

Next Tuesday, the Pirates take a brief jaunt to Bayfield, challenging the league-leading and unbeaten Wolverines (11-0 with an 8-0 league record). Unranked by Denver Post Preps (indicating that poll’s apparent Front Range bias), the Wolverines are ranked sixth in the MaxPreps 3A poll. Trounced 8-0 by Bayfield during an April 10 home game, the Pirates will have their work cut out for them against the Wolverines next Tuesday.

Saturday’s game at the Pagosa Springs High School Golden Peaks Stadium is free and open to the public.

jim@pagosasun.com

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