After scoring two big wins at the top of the season, the Pirates returned home from Cortez on Tuesday evening with a disappointing 6-1 loss against the Panthers.
“We just lost our shape and our structure,” said coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason.
After giving up four goals in the first period, the Pirates appeared to arise from their torpor. With a 35-yard direct kick from Erika Pitcher, the Pirates landed their first and only point for the game. With two more points by the Panthers in the second half, the Pirates returned home with the loss.
With goalie Alyssa Laydon logging 21 saves, the Pirate defense seemed more at fault than the harried keeper.
Regarding the game, Kurt-Mason said, “We lacked a good transition game. Our offensive formation suffered but, as the game progressed, we started to click.
“Erika played her heart out,” he added, “and Nicoll Hunt had a few near misses on the goal.”
The Pirates play their first home game on Friday at 4 p.m. against the Telluride Miners at Golden Peaks Stadium.