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Pirates beat Bayfield 2-1, host Ignacio Saturday

Returning from a long spring break rest, the Pirates showed that their down time served them well, treating local fans to a 2-1 win over the Bayfield Wolverines to improve 2-3 for the season.

The Pirates grabbed an early lead, finishing the first half with a 1-0 advantage off a goal by Nicole Hunt. Although the Wolverines managed a goal in the second half, Pagosa held the lead when Sydney Smith scored off a penalty kick, allowing the Pirates to tally their second win of the season.

According to Coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason, passing was a key factor in Tuesday’s game, with Pagosa out-passing their Bayfield opponents by more than a 2-to-1 ratio.

According to Kurt-Mason, the Pirates made a total of 330 passes during the game compared to 176 made by the Wolverines.

“Our goal was to control the tempo and keep possession,” Kurt-Mason said.

Hunt had six shots on goal while Smith had five.

Kurt-Mason also had praise for Megan Davey, Kassidy Smith and Justine Smith. “They were huge factors in our success,” the coach said.

Alyssa Laydon logged 11 saves as goal keeper.

“She kept our team focused,” Kurt-Mason said.

Hoping to build a winning streak, Pagosa hits the road tomorrow for a game against the Vikings in Center. On Saturday morning at 11 a.m., the Pirates return home to host the Ignacio Bobcats, then host another home game at 3 p.m. Tuesday when they challenge the Durango Demons. All home games are free and open to the public.

jim@pagosasun.com

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