Chances for a winning season slipped through the hands of Pagosa Springs Pirate soccer team after it suffered two conference losses last week.
On the road in Ridgway, the Pirates managed to keep possession of the ball for almost 85 percent of the game, but their chances were killed by errors.
As Coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason put it, “Our guys only had six errors — unfortunately, Ridgway capitalized on those errors and scored all six times.”
According to the coach, the Pirates looked strong coming into the game and Ridgway, “didn’t touch the ball for the first two minutes.” However, after taking the ball on a passing error and moving down field on a fast break, Ridgway scored its first goal. Two more goals by Ridgway gave them a 3-0 advantage at the end of the first half.
With Pirate goalie Jacob Ormonde pulled from the game after he was kicked in the ribs, replacement goalie Allen McIver was unable to stop Ridgway’s onslaught in the second half, leaving the Pirates shut out at the end, losing 6-0.
McIver fared better the next day at Golden Peaks Stadium when the Pirates hosted Telluride in a conference matchup.
“The good thing about the game,” said Kurt-Mason, “is that Allen owned the box. He had five saves in the first half and five in the second.”
Again, it was errors that led to the Pirates’ demise. Scoring off of two errors in the first half, Telluride dealt the Pirates a shutout for the period.
“Our problem was a lack of marking in the defensive third,” said the coach, regarding the first half.
Although the Pirates managed a goal in the second half, with Riley Searle scoring on a penalty kick 64 minutes into the game, the Pirates allowed another Telluride goal and took a 3-1 loss.
The Pirates have three more games this season and will travel to Crested Butte on Friday, Oct. 3.