Pirates add another win, now 3-0 on season

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SUN photo/Mike Pierce Junior keeper Briar Erskine pulls down a save during Pagosa’s 2-0 nonleague victory over the Salida Spartans last Saturday at Golden Peaks Stadium. This week, the Pirates host a trio of home games against league opponents.
SUN photo/Mike Pierce
Junior keeper Briar Erskine pulls down a save during Pagosa’s 2-0 nonleague victory over the Salida Spartans last Saturday at Golden Peaks Stadium. This week, the Pirates host a trio of home games against league opponents.

The Pagosa Springs High School Pirate soccer team has yet to allow a goal on the season, logging another win in the last week, as well as a postponed game.

The Pirates are now 3-0 overall on the season.

Saturday, the team defeated the Salida Spartans 2-0 during the Pirates’ first home game of the season.

“We came out and took the ball right away,” coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason said, who noted the team was “really into the whole day,” even singing the national anthem when the recorded version of the song failed.

The Pirates scored one goal in each of the game’s halves while holding the Spartans scoreless.

The first goal of the game came from Matthew Breman in the game’s 34th minute, with sophomore Devin Olivicares-Garcia crossing the ball into Breman, who volleyed it into the goal.

“He was really a key player in our attack, as well as the defense,” Kurt-Mason said of Breman. Of his defensive contribution to the game, the coach said Breman limited last year’s leading scorer in the state to only two shots on the day.

While the Pirates scored one in the half, the Pirate defense held the Spartans to very few shots and no goals, with the team’s back four playing well-organized defense.

“That made Briar’s life easy in the first half,” Kurt-Mason said of goalie Briar Erskine.

The Pirates’ second goal, in the second half, came from an assist by senior Ben Bard to Connor Burkesmith, who fed the ball into the back of the net.

Again, the Pirates held the Spartans scoreless, finishing the game with a 2-0 final score.

“Their roles were played to the fullest extent,” Kurt-Mason said of the squad. “The defense really did the deed. … We were playing defense first the entire game.”

Erskine is credited with 10 saves in the game.

Too, the coach highlighted that the team again played with a sense of urgency for the full 80 minutes of the game, not letting up until the final whistle blew.

Junior Connor Bjork was named the team’s player of the game, with Kurt-Mason writing, “Connor had a dynamic game. Our success started from the back and Connor was a huge part of that. He won every battle in the air and had some brilliant serves, both from set pieces and field play.”

Tuesday, the team started out for Cortez for a league matchup at Montezuma-Cortez High School, but was stopped in Bayfield and informed that the game would be postponed due to heavy rains and standing water on the field.

Instead of the game, Kurt-Mason said the team returned to Pagosa and held a regular practice.

The coach said that game will be made up on Oct. 14 — the last week of the regular season.

Over the next week, the squad will host a trio of home games against league opponents.

Friday, the team welcomes the Telluride Miners to Golden Peaks Stadium. The JV squads will play first at 4 p.m., with the varsity matchup to take place after, under the stadium’s lights.

The next day, at 11 a.m., the Pirates will welcome the Ridgway Demons.

Tuesday at 4 p.m., the Alamosa Mean Moose will make their way over the pass to face off at Golden Peaks Stadium.