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Pirates beat Center 10-0, advance to playoffs

Two Pagosa Springs High School sports teams claimed league championship titles over the weekend — girls cross country (see related article) and boys soccer — and while cross country runners now face their last meet on Saturday, the post season has just begun for the soccer team.

The Pirates garnered championship titles for the Southern Division of Region 5 and the overall region Saturday with a 10-0 victory over Center High School in Center.

In the match, Center looked poised to score first, said Coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason, noting a slow start by the Pirates and an aggressive Center team in the game’s first minutes.

After about two minutes, however, the Pirates settled down, regaining control of the game’s tempo and pace, Kurt-Mason said.

And, they resumed their habit of scoring early.

In the game’s fourth minute, Quinn Smith was fed an assist by Lars Schneider; less than a minute later, Smith was fed an assist by Dean Hampton.

In the game’s 16th minute, the Pirates struck again, with Schneider feeding the ball to Will Brown, who connected with the back of the net.

Just under 27 minutes in, Schneider took the leading role, scoring on an assist by Smith.

Spreading the scoring around, Riley Searle scored the next goal, unassisted.

Smith then completed the first half scoring and his first-half hat trick in the game’s 33rd minute, placing the ball in the net after an assist from Gabe Lister, with the halftime score showing the Pirates up 6-0 over Center.

Picking up where he left off in the first half, Smith picked up the first goal of the second half and his fourth of the game on an assist from Hampton in the game’s 66th minute.

Only minutes later, Hampton took his turn, scoring an unassisted goal and increasing the Pirates’ lead to eight.

Moving the Pirates one step closer to their final goal tally, Searle scored his second goal of the game on an assist by Smith.

Lister claimed the game’s last goal, dribbling the ball up the wing, completing a wall pass with Hampton and continuing his run into the box, where he maneuvered the ball past the goalie, ending the game in the 77th minute at a score of 10-0.

“Everybody had a great game,” Kurt-Mason said. “Everybody contributed.”

The Pirates fired off 37 shots on goal during the game, while goalkeeper Zerek Jones tallied four saves.

Smith earned the team’s player of the game award with his four goals and two assists and sits as the region’s leading scorer with 13 goals during the regular season.

Kurt-Mason also highlighted the play of Jacob Ormonde in the game in which the team secured its advancement to the first round of playoffs — something team members suspected they could pull off after their victory over Alamosa on Oct. 19.

“The guys were really excited about learning they made the playoffs,” Kurt-Mason said. “They didn’t realize they made the playoffs until after that game.”

The 16-seeded Pirates (10-5-0) hosted 17-seed Roaring Fork (9-4-1) at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Golden Peaks Stadium for the first round of playoffs (top 32 teams); however, results of the match were not available by press time.

The winner of the contest will now face the winner of the match between No. 1 Colorado Springs Christian (15-0-0) and No. 32 Hotchkiss (7-7-1).

The Pirates last made the top 16 in 2002 and the top 32 in 2004.

For more information on Wednesday’s match, visit www.pagosasun.com and check next week’s issue of The SUN.

randi@pagosasun.com