By Randi Pierce
A trip to Crested Butte didn’t end as planned for the Pagosa Springs High School soccer team last week.
The team dropped the game by a 4-1 margin, leaving the team with a 6-2 league record — second to Telluride’s 8-0-1 record.
The team’s downfall against the Crested Butte Titans came in the first 10 minutes, according to Coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason, with three Titan goals.
After the initial onslaught, the Titans were held scoreless until the second half, when they added one more goal.
The Pirates were only able to score once in the contest, coming from Garek Erskine.
The team’s downfall, Kurt-Mason said, was its man-to-man defense.
The result of Tuesday’s matchup against the Durango High School JV squad had a similar ending, with a 3-1 final score.
With his varsity riddled with injuries, Kurt-Mason said Pagosa’s JV squad played much of the game, but added he saw improvement in the team’s man-to-man defense.
“We were just a wounded machine yesterday,” Kurt-Mason said Wednesday.
The series of losses, namely the league loss to Crested Butte, has left the team with an uphill battle rounding out the regular season.
“We can make the playoffs if we do everything right,” Kurt-Mason said.
Today, the Pirates welcome the Alamosa Mean Moose to Golden Peaks Stadium for a 4 p.m. matchup that’s open to the public.
Saturday, in a switch from the schedule, the team plays Ridgway at home at 11 a.m.
“Each game is going to be our biggest game,” Kurt-Mason said.