The Pagosa Springs High School boys’ soccer team sits fifth in league action with three league games in the book.
In the last week, the Pirates dropped two league matches, and recorded one non-league win.
The first loss came against league opponent Crested Butte on Saturday by a final score of 4-3, in a game challenged by three lightning delays, a soggy field and some questionable calls by the referees, according to coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason.
The Pirates started the game slowly, Kurt-Mason said, falling behind Crested Butte’s quick pace and giving up two goals in the first half while scoring only one.
The game was more even in the second half, with each team finding the back of the net twice.
“It was pretty bad,” Kurt-Mason said of the refereeing of the game, noting three questionable calls that would have afforded the Pirates three penalty kicks. “But sometimes it happens that way.”
James Berndt, Conner Bjork and Mathew Breman each scored a goal in the game, while Gavin Ross recorded two assists.
In goal, Briar Erskine notched 18 saves.
“The kids didn’t give up,” Kurt-Mason said.
The next day, the Pirates hosted the Montezuma-Cortez Panthers at Golden Peaks Stadium — dubbed by the day’s announcer as “Soggy Peaks Stadium”.
Connor Burkesmith put the Pirates on the board in the game with a goal roughly halfway through the first half, and would turn out to be the only goal of the half, despite a high number of shots by the Pirates.
Pagosa was off to a quicker start in the second half, with a goal by Colton Polczynski about eight minutes into the half to increase the Pirates’ lead to two.
Not even five minutes later, as the wind and rain picked up, James Berndt found the back of the goal for the team’s third goal of the day.
With 10 minutes and 20 seconds left on the clock, the game went into a series of lightning delays and, an hour and 10 minutes later, the teams again took the field.
Not content to let that 10 minutes go by quietly, Breman gave Pagosa their fourth and final goal of the game.
Erskine recorded 14 saves while holding the Panthers scoreless.
Tuesday, the Pirates welcomed the Alamosa Mean Moose to Pagosa for an affair that ended up 1-0 in favor of the Moose.
“Yesterday was just a heartbreaker,” Kurt-Mason said Wednesday.
Kurt-Mason said his team did everything right on the day, with defenders creating opportunities for the offense and the Pirates totaling 20 shots on the day.
Unfortunately, despite those 20 shots, eight of which came from the feet of Berndt, the Pirates were unable to best Alamosa.
Erskine recorded 10 saves in the loss.
Next up, the Pirates will look to better their conference record Saturday against the Wolverines in Bayfield.
Bayfield is 0-3 on the season, including a 6-0 loss to Crested Butte and an 8-0 loss to Alamosa. The Wolverines’ other loss was a 7-0 deficit to Cortez.
Kurt-Mason said the team is still working on its speed of play and offensive shape, with the defense closing in hard on rival offenders.
“I’m really pleased with the way the team is progressing,” Kurt-Mason said, adding, “It’s a good, hardworking team we’ve got here.”