The Pagosa Springs High School boys soccer team recorded its first win of the season in convincing fashion with an 8-0 tromp over Farmington High School Sept. 9.
The Pirates faced the FHS JV team, which included swing players from the state-champion varsity squad. FHS is the equivalent of a 4A or 5A school in Colorado.
The Pirates played the majority of the game within the middle and their offensive thirds, outshooting the Scorpions 22-6, with a variety of players contributing to the goal total.
“They found their rhythm, they had more composure,” said Coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason of the team’s new-found offensive confidence.
Matt Fisher began the Pirates’ offensive barrage seven minutes into the game with a goal that knocked the Farmington goalie out of commission for a portion of the game.
Quickly returning the ball to the net, Quinn Smith scored in the game’s 11th minute, his first of three goals on the day.
With the original Farmington goalie back in play, Pagosa continued to pepper the FHS defense with attacks and shots, scoring again in the middle of the half on a finish by Dean Hampton to give the Pirates a 3-0 lead.
With 12 minutes left in the half, the Pirates connected on a corner kick, following with more attacks and Smith’s second goal of the game with just under eight minutes remaining in the half, finishing the half with a score of 5-0 Pirates.
With Silas Thompson replacing Zerek Jones in the second half (Jones recorded two saves in the first half), Pagosa looked to continue itspattern of scoring and, indeed, scored less than two minutes into the half on a shot by Sully Smith.
Minutes later, Quinn Smith completed his hat trick, improving the PHS lead to seven.
Still dominating offensively and fending off a Farmington corner kick, the Pirates rounded out their scoring with a little over 23 minutes left in the half, completing a direct kick following a penalty.
Thompson tallied three saves in the second half.
A non-Pirate highlight of the day in Kurt-Mason’s book was the sportsmanship of the opponent, who he noted complimented the Pirates throughout the game on specific plays and shots.
“Even though they came out with a loss, they held their heads up and played until the end of the game,” Kurt-Mason said. “It was a good lesson.”
Additionally, Kurt-Mason emphasized junior Gabe Lister’s first career goal and awarded Fisher with the lunch box (the team’s player of the game award for hard work) for stepping up and filling in on defense for the injured Jacob Ormonde.
Kurt-Mason pointed out Sully Smith’s performance, noting that Smith’s creative work was “great” and that he was a “real team player” in the contest.
“They trusted each other with the ball,” Kurt-Mason said. “I think that’s a step in the right direction, and hopefully we’ll take that to Alamosa with us.”
The Pirates, having spent the week focusing on fitness and fundamentals, travel to Alamosa this afternoon to try to even their record at 4 p.m.
Saturday, the Pirates return to their home pitch at Golden Peaks Stadium for an 11 a.m. contest against Center High School.