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Pirate soccer team loses two road matches

Treated unkindly on the road, the Pirates soccer team lost to 2-0 on Friday to the Ridgway Demons and 2-1 on Saturday to the Telluride Miners, dropping to 2-3 for the season.

“We were flat in the midfield,” said Coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason. “We just didn’t connect with our passing.”

In fact, with just three shots on goal for Ridgway and four by Pagosa, the game was not an offensive showcase. Kurt-Mason affirmed that by saying, “Our defense stood them up, but we needed a midfield game to penetrate.”

With the Demons scoring on two indirect kicks from set plays during the first half, the Pirates were unable to respond with any goals of their own. After a scoreless second half, the Pirates absorbed their second loss of the season.

“We didn’t play very aggressively or very hard,” said the coach. “We beat ourselves.”

Looking slightly better on Saturday against the Miners, the Pirates still could not pull out a victory on the road.

Although Sophomore forward Matt Fisher was successful in checking a key Telluride player, the miners managed to adjust sufficiently to score two goals in the first half.

A single score by Riley Searle ended the half with the Pirates down 1-2.

Still, the coach seemed more pleased with his team’s performance on Saturday, especially with play by junior Lars Schneider. “Lars came out of the back numerous times,” Kurt-Mason said. “He was our star play of the game.”

A red card given to a Pagosa player late in the first half cut the Pirates down a player for the game. “I don’t think our guys realized they were playing with ten players,” Kurt-Mason said, adding that, in the second half, “Our guys played head-to-head with them.”

An key save by the Miner’s goalie cut down the Pirate’s hope for a tie (and an overtime reconciliation) and Pagosa left Telluride with the 2-1 loss.

However, Kurt-Mason expressed confidence in his team and their prospects for the remainder of the season. “Our defense is starting to overlap,” he said. “That’s a good thing.”

The Pirates host the Center Vikings in a league game this afternoon at 4 p.m. at Golden Peaks stadium and then will be back on the road Tuesday to meet the Bayfield Wolverines. Although Bayfield trounced the Vikings in Center 6-1 on Sept. 10, the 1-2 Wolverines also lost to Palisade on Sept. 5 — a team the Pirates made easy work of Sept. 4 in a 2-0 win at home. Although the future continues to look bright for the Pirates, despite last weekend’s setbacks, the young team has challenges to meet before taking on their opponents today and Tuesday.

jim@pagosasun.com