The seedings are complete, and the undefeated No. 5 Pagosa Springs Pirates are set to host games for the first and second rounds of the state playoffs Friday and Saturday in Golden Peaks Stadium.
The No. 5 seeding is the highest the Pirate soccer team has ever earned. The team recorded a perfect 15-0 record in the regular season.
But, despite its unblemished record in the regular season, the team isn’t relaxing at all as it moves into the postseason.
“You know, it’s different,” coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason said, “instead of being super excited, they’re just super focused. They’re really intent.”
The coach said the team’s seniors have stepped up in the last week to help the team maintain focus moving into this week’s playoffs, often gathering the team between drills.
“It’s really great to have that happening,” Kurt-Mason said. “It makes my job easier.”
Too, the coach said the seniors know it’s their last shot and show no signs of giving up.
“It’s a really good family team. It’s a tight-knit bunch,” Kurt-Mason said, later adding, “They’re playing for themselves. They’re playing for each other. They’re doing it because they’re passionate about the game. They love the game.”
The team will work to convert that intensity and love for the game into its 16th win at 1 p.m. Friday, when the Pirates will host No. 28 Dawson School.