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Soccer season opens today in Pagosa

The Pagosa Springs High School boys’ soccer team will take the field today at 4 p.m. at Golden Peaks Stadium, fresh off a weekend of scrimmages that helped the team find its identity.

Twenty-one members of the team traveled to Denver last weekend for a day of hour-long scrimmages against Weld Central High School, Manitou Springs High School, Rocky Mountain High School and Vail Mountain High School.

Coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason said that, although the team was entered in the varsity category, he played the JV half of each game.

“It shows promise that we have a really solid group of underclassmen,” Kurt-Mason said of the JV’s ability to compete at the varsity level, scoring against Manitou when the varsity couldn’t.

The day started slow for the team, however, with the Pirates becoming more organized and competitive as the day progressed, Kurt-Mason said.

By the third game of the day, Kurt-Mason said the team was, “clinically passing” and controlling the game. By the final game of the day, the team members realized they weren’t running on all cylinders and made a change.

From there, Kurt-Mason said the team showed a lot of diversity in its play, with passing, offensive attacks and creating opportunities.

“We started slow and then we finished strong,” Kurt-Mason said. “We were just trying to find our identity as a team.”

And that identity, Kurt-Mason said, should bode well for the team as it kicks off its season with a home match against Salida at 4 p.m. today at Golden Peaks Stadium.

Kurt-Mason said the team now works at a high tempo, plays in a diverse way and has a high field awareness, especially in light of the team’s 10 seniors.

Today’s match is free and open to the public.

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