Despite a shortage of players, the Pagosa Springs Lady Pirates have no problem taking a game into double overtime — something they did for the third time this season in last Friday’s match against the Center Vikings.
“It went into double overtime,” coach Lindsey Kurt Mason described the game, “so they actually played 100 minutes. It was a hard, hard fought game for everyone. You’ve got to hand it to the girls; most of them played the entire game.”
In previous interviews with The SUN, Kurt-Mason has explained how difficult it is to play a full 80-minute game without enough extra players to act as subs. In fact, the first game of this season was supposed to be against Salida on March 8, but had to be postponed until after the basketball season ended in the hopes more players would start showing up for soccer practice.
“Once again,” the coach lamented this week, “I only had twelve girls to play, so pretty much everybody was playing for the full forty minutes of that first half. For the second half I subbed our one sub in and out for different players.”
There are 11 players on the field at all times, so only having 12 players total means there is only one extra player to act as a sub, but the Pirates didn’t let that slow them down.
“We pretty much had control of the game,” Kurt Mason explained. “We were controlling the midfield. We had some attacks from the back. We had our outside defenders come up and get involved in the attack.”
The Pirates scored a goal in the first half, but then allowed one to be scored against them in the second half, sending the game into overtime. By the end of the second overtime period, neither team had managed to get one in, so the game went into the record books as a 1-1 tie.
“We scored that one goal off a corner kick,” the coach described. “It was Anissa (Lucero) scoring and Johannah (Laverty) served it really well. It was right in front of the goal and Anissa was there to pick up the pieces and put it in the back of the net.”
In naming Lucero as the player of the game, Kurt Mason explained, “I picked her … because she hustled the entire game. She came back on defense. She was playing a striker position with Johannah. She is getting better every practice. It’s exciting to see.”
Besides the one goal and one assist, respectively, Lucero had a total of four shots on the goal, while Laverty had seven.
In addition, Hayley Mitchell kept up the pressure with four shots, Hannah Marnocha and Olivia Reinhardt each had three, and Brooke Bowdridge had two.
“In the first half we had eleven shots on the goal and they had one,” the coach confirmed. “We were moving really well. We had been working on our short passing game all week.”
On the other end of the pitch, the Pirate defense continued to tighten up, allowing the Vikings only eight shots on the goal, seven of which were blocked by Maria Campuzano.
“Maria had that one save in the first half and then they came on in the second half,” Kurt Mason admitted. “In the second half they got a shot that wasn’t really a breakaway. It kind of floated over the keeper and went in. It was just off her fingertips and she couldn’t quite get it. We still played our game; we didn’t lose focus.”
Next week, on April 15, the Pirates will travel to Ignacio to take on the Bobcats before moving into the second half of the season by heading over the pass for a rematch in Center on April 17.
“We are looking forward to playing Center again,” Kurt-Mason concluded.