With two games behind them, the Pagosa Springs High School boys soccer team is still looking for their first win.
Taking on the Palisade High School Bulldogs Saturday at home, the Pirates quickly found themselves in a hole they were unable to dig out of.
Only seconds into the game, Palisade stole the ball and found the back of the goal.
“What a way to start a season,” said head coach Lindsay Kurt-Mason.
In the game’s eighth minute, the same Palisade striker found the back of the net again, putting the Bulldogs up 2-0 early.
Despite the quick goals, the Pirates fought a physical match that saw two yellow cards handed out to Palisade players, fending off the Palisade offense and attempting offensive runs of their own.
Pirate Quinn Smith ensured the Pirates would not be shut out in the first half when he and two defenders followed the ball into the goal, putting Pagosa within one.
Ten minutes into the second half, Palisade’s striker completed his hat trick on the day, again extending the Bulldog lead to two goals.
Not content with the score, Pagosa was able to capitalize on Palisade’s second yellow card of the game, scoring off the penalty kick with just under 17 minutes left in the contest.
Despite rookie goalie Zerek Jones’ nine saves, the Pirates were unable to overcome the deficit, losing their first game.
“The composure factor was not there,” Kurt-Mason said.
Looking to even their record, Pagosa headed to Cortez Tuesday afternoon, but again on the wrong end of the 4-2 final score.
Down 2-0 as the second half started, the Pirates evened the score on two direct kicks, one from 40 yards out by Matt Fisher and the other from Laith Scherer in the 62nd minute.
Ultimately, the boys were unable to stop the Cortez offense, which added another two goals before the game’s final whistle blew, despite a few near misses from Will Brown.
“We came out a little bit flat footed,” Kurt-Mason said, adding, “We just don’t quite have our composure yet. In the first half we pushed things too much and didn’t get our rhythm going.”
Although a loss, Kurt-Mason said Jones had a great game in goal, recording eight saves in only his second game as keeper.
“One thing about this team is, they don’t give up and they’re scrappy ‘til the end,” Kurt-Mason said, adding he is pleased with the team’s progress thus far in the season.
“By the time we get our season together, it’ll be the start of our league play. I think they’ll get into their rhythm by then,” Kurt-Mason said. “I sure hope so, anyway”
The boys look to continue that progress and add a win to their record this afternoon when they welcome Farmington High School to Golden Peaks Stadium at 4 p.m.
“I feel pretty good if they play up to their potential,” Kurt-Mason said, adding, “They’ve got to come to that point in their playing where they’re confident with their skills and each other.”