The Pagosa Springs Lady Pirates were skunked by the Alamosa Mean Moose Tuesday afternoon at Golden Peaks Stadium, where the Mean Moose improved their record to three wins and one loss while the Pirates dropped to two wins, three losses and one tie.
“Alamosa played a very good soccer game,” coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason admitted. “They controlled the midfield and finished well. They also communicated well as a team.”
The Pirates remained scoreless in the first half, while allowing the Mean Moose to earn five goals.
“We were missing three starters in a match that was going to be as tough or tougher than the Bayfield game,” the coach explained. “We made two adjustments in the second half and held Alamosa to one goal.”
In naming Shanelle Wilson the player of the game, Kurt Mason said, “Shanelle organized the team in the second half to improve our play. She communicated, hustled and defended extremely well against set plays. She also helped the freshman, playing for the first time, transition from defense to offense and back again time and time again. Shanelle kept her energy level up for the entire game, no matter the score.”
The Lady Pirates are a young team this year. There is one senior on the team (Anissa Lucero) and Wilson is one of eight juniors. There are only two sophomores, but the team is now up to six freshmen.
“Shannel, Olivia (Reinhardt), Anissa (Lucero), and Hannah (Marnocha) played very smart in the last forty minutes,” the coach explained to SUN staff after the game, “defending and transitioning.”
However, as of press time there were no stats entered to give a picture of how the team did on offense. The only stats on the MaxPreps website were for the goalie.
“Maria (Campuzano) is steadily improving her keeping ability and stopped 22 shots,” Kurt-Mason said.
Missing players due to injuries seems to be the team’s biggest obstacle at this point.
“We did miss the Region 5 goal scorer and playmaker in Johannah Laverty,” the coach concluded. “Hopefully she will heal soon.”
The Center Vikings, who have a 3-3 record overall and are 2-2 in league action, will be in Pagosa tomorrow afternoon. That game starts at 3 p.m.
The Pirates will then take a week off for spring break before hitting the road for Ignacio on the 15th.