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Soccer team drops two, hosts today

The Pirates were vexed by a pair of Demons this past week, losing by single shots in each game, 1-0 against Durango on Saturday and again 1-0 when hosting Ridgway on Tuesday.

“It (Tuesday’s game) was a repeat of what happened on Saturday,” said coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason. “We just didn’t follow through.”

Meeting a tough Demons’ JV squad in Durango on Saturday, the Pirates made a good effort on offense and defense throughout much of the game. After a scoreless first half, the Pirates looked poised to take the game on a penalty kick, but a delayed reaction from the Pagosa squad scotched the opportunity. A chip shot by the Demons that got by Alyssa Laydon during the last two minutes of the game gave Durango the game.

“I thought we did well against a good team,” Kurt-Mason said. “In past years they’ve beat us by big scores.”

“It was frustrating,” the coach continued. “When we got in their box, we just couldn’t finish.”

On Tuesday, the Pirates were no more successful in following through on scoring opportunities.

After a scoreless first half, the Pirates looked to gain the edge, but couldn’t get past the hands of a sturdy Ridgway keeper. Despite several shots by Nicole Hunt and Kassidy Smith that looked to go to the post, the Pirates were unable to capitalize and, with a bullet by the Demons’ Rissa Robinson with 7:10 left in the game, Ridgway left with a 1-0 victory.

Tuesday’s defeat dropped the Pirates to 4-5 for the season and 2-3 in conference.

Despite the loss on Tuesday, Kurt-Mason was pleased with his team’s performance. “We contained their attacks very well,” he said. “We’re improving our heading game and we’re transitioning better. A few more shots on goal and a bit more aggressive follow-through will help us.”

Tomorrow, the Pirates host the winless Center Vikings at 4 p.m. at Golden Peaks Stadium. Having beaten the Vikings 10-0 in Center on April 10, the Pirates should move back into .500 territory for both their overall record and in league standings. The Pirates host again next Tuesday, bringing the winless Ignacio Bobcats to Golden Peaks at 4 p.m. for a rematch. Having beaten the Bobcats 9-0 March 23 in Ignacio, the Pirates should again have an opportunity to improve their overall season and conference records.

jim@pagosasun.com