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Soccer team to host Center Friday

Last Thursday’s season-opening game against Salida was less than stellar for the Pagosa Springs High School boys’ soccer team, as the team dropped the game by a score of 6-0.

“They were pretty disgusted about the game they played against Salida,” Coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason said Wednesday.

The team’s 6-0 defeat, Kurt-Mason said, could be linked to a number of mistakes, from not diving in and going for balls to miscommunication among the defenders to the team not holding its shape in the midfield.

Outside of the mistakes, Kurt-Mason said the teams were fairly even in the stats (other than goals), with Salida recording 17 shots to Pagosa’s 18, Salida fouling nine times to Pagosa’s five, and the Salida goalie recording 11 saves to Pirate keeper Nathan Steed’s 13.

“We had a great team, they just didn’t show up. I don’t know who those were that showed up,” Kurt-Mason said, adding. “We were the ones that looked like we just came off the bus.”

After a rough practice Friday (“There were consequences,” Kurt-Mason said.), the coach and seniors held a team meeting about making changes and correcting the mistakes.

Monday’s practice, then, focused on those changes, Kurt-Mason said.

In addition to making changes in practice, Kurt-Mason said the team’s biggest challenge going into Friday’s home game against Center will be mental — putting last week’s affair behind them and hitting this week’s game with a mindset of keeping mistakes in the past and fighting hard in the present.

Potentially helping with that are three healing Pirates who, although they played in last week’s season opener, should be closer to 100 percent by Friday’s match — Sully Smith, Diego Gutierrez and Eli Stephens.

The match-up between the Pirates and the Center Vikings kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday at Golden Peaks Stadium and is free to the public.

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