Pirates fall 4-1 to Titans


The Pagosa Springs High School boys’ soccer team dropped a league match to Crested Butte last weekend, and is now looking to rebound in two away games this week.

The Pirates fell to the Titans by a score of 4-1 Saturday, with the team’s only goal coming in the second half from junior James Berndt off an assist by Connor Burkesmith eight minutes into the second half.

Burkesmith was the team’s player of the game.

Of Burkesmith, the coach wrote, “Connor created a number of scoring opportunities from the midfield. He assisted on our goal and had a very high work rate through the entire 80 minutes.”

Keeper Briar Erskine tallied six saves while allowing four goals, with Kurt-Mason noting the goals allowed were from point-blank range.

According to the coach, the Pirates chalked up 21 shots, compared to 16 by Crested Butte.

“We’re just missing,” Kurt-Mason said. “We’re creating a lot of opportunities, but we’re just not following (with) the ball in the net.”

Of the 21 shots, Kurt-Mason said three bounced off the cross bar, while two more bounced off the posts.

“Once we turn that around, we’ll be where we want to be,” he said.

With the loss, the Pirates now sit third in the league, behind Crested Butte and Telluride.

This week, the team will try to climb back up by adding two wins, the first against Montezuma-Cortez today at 3 p.m. in Cortez, and the second Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Bayfield.