Pirates set to take on Vail Mountain in first-ever quarterfinals appearance

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    Mathew Breman watches the ball enter the goal in Saturday afternoon’s game against Jefferson Academy. Breman finished the shot from Jason Monterroso to score the go-ahead goal in the game, which was the second round of the state playoffs. The Pirates ultimately defeated Jefferson Academy 4-2 in the come-from-behind win. Tomorrow, the Pirates will face off against the Vail Mountain Gore Rangers in Vail at 1 p.m. in the state quarterfinals.
    Mathew Breman watches the ball enter the goal in Saturday afternoon’s game against Jefferson Academy. Breman finished the shot from Jason Monterroso to score the go-ahead goal in the game, which was the second round of the state playoffs. The Pirates ultimately defeated Jefferson Academy 4-2 in the come-from-behind win. Tomorrow, the Pirates will face off against the Vail Mountain Gore Rangers in Vail at 1 p.m. in the state quarterfinals.

    For the first time in Pagosa Springs High School history, the Pirate soccer team is advancing to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs, and is taking with it a perfect 17-0 record.

    To garner their spot among the top eight teams in Colorado 3A soccer, the Pirates logged two wins in the last week, including a 4-2 come-from-behind win in the second round of state playoffs on Saturday.

    “That was a moment in Pagosa soccer history that was amazing,” coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason said of Saturday’s win over No. 12 Jefferson Academy. “That redeems your belief … it was like a movie.”

    Now, the Pirates, who entered the playoffs as the No. 5 seed, will take on the Vail Mountain Gore Rangers, who entered as the No. 4 seed.

    That game is scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 6) in Vail. It will be broadcast live on KWUF 1400 AM.

    The team is set to leave Thursday and make a stop along the way to practice on a turf field since turf makes for a faster tempo of play and requires some changes in technique.

    “The guys are jazzed,” Kurt-Mason said, adding that they continue to be focused and work hard in practice. “I just know these guys are going to give everything they have at every moment and it’s a very amazing thing.”

    En route to advancing further than any PSHS boys’ soccer team has before, the Pirates hosted the first and second rounds of playoffs Friday and Saturday, defeating No. 28 Dawson School and No. 12 Jefferson Academy, respectively.

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