Pirates win two and drop one, now 5-1 on season

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SUN photo/Randi Pierce Pirate Senior Ben Bard shoots during the first half of Tuesday’s victory over the Alamosa Mean Moose, scoring the team’s first goal. The Pirates, now 3-1 in league play, face Crested Butte Saturday.
SUN photo/Randi Pierce
Pirate Senior Ben Bard shoots during the first half of Tuesday’s victory over the Alamosa Mean Moose, scoring the team’s first goal. The Pirates, now 3-1 in league play, face Crested Butte Saturday.

It was a mixed bag of results for the Pagosa Springs High School soccer team over the last week, with two wins and one loss.

The team started the week with a 2-0 loss to the Telluride Miners Friday evening before rebounding with a 4-0 win over Ridgway Saturday and a 3-1 victory against Alamosa Tuesday. All three games were against league opponents.

Friday night’s loss to the Telluride Miners was the first of the year for the Pirates, who are now 5-1 overall and 3-1 in league action.

The Pirates may have lost 2-0 Friday night, but it was not for a lack of trying — the team had more than double the shots on goal that Telluride had.

“We just couldn’t finish, couldn’t put it in the back of the net,” coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason said.

Junior keeper Briar Erskine logged 15 saves on the day while allowing two goals — his first two allowed on the season.

Both Telluride goals came in the second half of the game.

The team rebounded the following day, however, defeating the Ridgway Demons 4-0.

The Pirates led 1-0 at the end of the first half thanks to a goal from Matthew Breman, but found their scoring stride in the second half, adding three more — from James Berndt on a cross from Josue Castaneda, a goal from Castaneda and a successful penalty kick from Berndt in the game’s final minutes.

Senior Ben Bard is credited with two assists, and Erskine and Castaneda each notched one assist.

Erskine also tallied nine saves on the day.

Tuesday, the team was back at it, this time against the Alamosa Mean Moose, whom the Pirates defeated 3-1.

The Pirates again scored one in the first half — a ball pushed into the net by Bard.

Sophomore Hunter Thompson added another goal just over one minute into the second half, while Berndt added another with just over 21 minutes left. The Mean Moose also scored a goal in the second half.

Berndt notched one assist, while Breman assisted twice.

Erskine notched 10 saves in the game.

Saturday, the team heads to Crested Butte to take on the Titans, who lead the league with a 5-0 conference record. Overall, the team is 5-1.

“We just want to play our game,” the coach said.

At 3-1 in league play, Pagosa and Telluride (3-2 overall) are tied for second in the league, followed by Cortez at 3-2 (4-2 overall), Alamosa at 2-4 (2-5 overall), Ridgway at 1-4 (2-4 overall) and Bayfield at 1-4 (1-6 overall).