Pirates fall to Titans in double overtime

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SUN photo/Randi Pierce Pirate Maverick Miller sails for the ball during Friday’s 2-1 loss to Crested Butte. The Pirates fell to the Titans in double overtime, but Miller was dubbed the Pirates’ Player of the Game, with coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason noting he was creative, smart, quick, maintained a high work rate, was a positive impact on the team and provided a consistent second effort.
SUN photo/Randi Pierce
Pirate Maverick Miller sails for the ball during Friday’s 2-1 loss to Crested Butte. The Pirates fell to the Titans in double overtime, but Miller was dubbed the Pirates’ Player of the Game, with coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason noting he was creative, smart, quick, maintained a high work rate, was a positive impact on the team and provided a consistent second effort.

The Pagosa Springs High School Pirate soccer team suffered a heartbreaking loss to league-leading Crested Butte Friday — giving up a goal in the first minute of the game and another in stoppage time of the game’s second overtime period to lose 2-1.

The loss drops the Pirates to a 7-3 overall record and 5-3 league record.

Crested Butte broke out in less than a minute to put a point on the scoreboard on a one-touch shot from the Titans’ Kaleb Schultz.

It wasn’t until nearly 10 minutes into the second half that the Pirates were able to even the score on a goal from the foot of Mathew Breman off an assist from James Berndt.

Both teams were held scoreless for the rest of regulation play, moving the game into overtime.

Then, with just minutes left before the game would have gone into the books as a tie, Schultz again found the back of the net after dribbling around the Pirate defense — giving Crested Butte the win.

Crested Butte now holds an 8-1 conference record to lead the league and an 8-2 overall record.

In Friday’s game, the Pirates tallied 16 shots on goal, while Crested Butte chalked up 14.

Pagosa keeper Briar Erskine notched 11 saves in the game — one short of his counterpart’s total.

“(Playing) as hard as we did, for as long as we did against a solid team, like C.B., and not buckling from getting scored on first is a testament to our growth and maturity level as a team,” coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason wrote to SUN staff. “I am not saying that they weren’t upset afterwards, there were some tears, but in the big picture, a game like that just made us stronger as a team.”

The Pirates will look to take that strength with them this weekend as they battle in Telluride and Ridgway and welcome Cortez next week.

Tomorrow, Oct. 10, the team will face off against the Telluride Miners in Telluride at 4 p.m.

The Miners are second in the league, holding a 7-1 conference record and 7-2 overall record. The Miners’ only league loss came to Crested Butte, but Telluride also stands as the only conference team to have won a game against Crested Butte, with the pair of teams splitting their season series.

On Sept. 12, the Pirates lost to the Miners 2-0.

The Pirates sit third in the league behind Crested Butte and Telluride.

Saturday, the team will jaunt to Ridgway for a matchup against the Demons, who are 2-6 in league play and 3-6 on the season. The Pirates previously defeated the Demons 4-0 in September.

Then, on Tuesday, Pagosa will welcome the Montezuma-Cortez Panthers to Golden Peaks Stadium for a makeup game to start following the JV game that will begin at 4 p.m.

Cortez currently holds a 3-6 conference record and 4-6 overall record. The Pirates previously defeated the Panthers 2-1 in Cortez on Sept. 25.