For the second year in a row, the Pagosa Springs High School boys soccer team fell prey to the Salida Spartans to begin the regular season.
The Pirates fell to the Spartans 5-1 on Aug. 29 in Salida, with the Pirates’ sole goal coming from senior Colton Polczynski, assisted by sophomore Gavin Ross from the corner.
That goal came in the game’s 14th minute to make the score 3-1 in favor of the Spartans.
Little else existed in the way of offense for the Pirates in the game, with coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason stating that the team, “didn’t come into the game with the right mentality.
“In our case, we were just slow with our speed of play,” Kurt-Mason said, noting that Salida was much quicker to the ball. “We didn’t get a lot of shots because we didn’t have possession of the game.”
Salida goaltender Derek Husvet recorded only three saves in the game.
Pirate sophomore Briar Erskine recorded 27 saves in the contest, while allowing five goals.
“He had a pretty intense game,” Kurt-Mason said. “He’s got the makings of an all-state goalkeeper. He’s really doing everything he can to better himself at every practice.
The team, which Kurt-Mason said has not lost faith in itself, has worked to reset its collective frame of mind heading into league action this week.
“If we improve in that area, we’ll be a much better team,” Kurt-Mason said.
The Pirates kick off their league schedule with a Saturday, Sept. 7, affair in Center against the Vikings before taking nearly a week off before their next game in Crested Butte.
Thus far this season, Center has dropped two games, falling 3-1 to Grand Valley (Parachute, Colo.) and 8-0 to Lake County (Leadville, Colo.).
“We just want to increase our speed of play,” Kurt-Mason said. “We can’t control their game; we can only control ours.”