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Soccer team riding three-game win streak

Building on a winning season, the Pirate soccer team improved to 5-3 this past week with three straight victories, two at home and one on the road.

After routing the Vikings 8-0 in Center last Friday, the Pirates played a quick home game last Saturday when the “mercy rule” put an early end to Pagosa’s stunning 10-0 win against the Ignacio Bobcats. Holding homefield advantage on Tuesday, the Pirates carved out a clean 2-0 victory against a tough Durango Demons team.

On a windy Friday afternoon, the Pirates took the field in Center against the winless Vikings and, for all intents and purposes, showed no mercy. Playing a quick and well-coordinated offense while holding a tough defense, the Pirates made the first half a veritable shooting match. With two goals by Nicoll Hunt adding to goals from Katie Blue, Madelyn Davey and Sydney Smith, the half ended with a 6-0 lead after Kaitlin Mastin scored on a corner kick.

Playing a selfish defense in the second half, the Pirates put two more points up on the board with goals by Smith and Erika Pitcher. Smith led the team with eight shots on goal followed by Hunt with four. In a testament to the Pirates’ intimidating defense, keeper Alyssa Laydon was not credited with any saves for the game.

Hosting the Ignacio Bobcats Saturday morning, the Pirates once again dominated, pulling out an easy 10-0 victory. With seven goals scored in the first half — Blue had a hat trick in the half, Smith scoring two goals, Hunt and Anissa Lucero each scoring a goal — Pagosa was never in danger of losing the game. Lucero came back in the second half to score again, adding to goals by Natasha Medici and Kassidy Smith.

Crediting Sydney Smith’s performance (with a team-leading seven shots on goal), Coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason said, “She had an all around stellar performance.”

Both Blue and Hunt had four shots on goal while Laydon was credited with 11 saves.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Pirates faced a tough Durango Demons JV squad that, while holding Pagosa to just two goals, couldn’t produce any scores of their own.

Hunt struck first, beating two defenders through the middle to score the Pirates’ first goal off an assist from Pitcher. Later in the half, Sydney Smith capitalized on an assist from Kassidy Smith, shooting the ball past the Durango keeper’s reach, giving the Pirates a 2-0 advantage at the end of the half.

With both teams holding fast on defense during the second half, the Demons were unable to match the Pirates’ early edge and Pagosa finished with a 2-0 victory.

“They couldn’t get their game going,” Kurt-Mason said of the Demons. “They are a very talented team with speed and ball control. We were stellar for 80 minutes.”

Sydney Smith led with four shots on goal followed by Hunt with three. Laydon logged 12 saves for the game.

The Pirates play home games this next week, following a match at Ridgway Friday. On Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m., the Pirates host the Alamosa Mean Moose in another league match. The Pirates easily handled the Mean Moose on March 22 in Alamosa with a 4-0 win. Next Tuesday, Pagosa entertains Center at 4 p.m. at Golden Peaks Stadium. Attendance is free.

jim@pagosasun.com

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