The Pagosa Springs High School Pirate soccer team looked strong over the weekend, winning Friday and Saturday matches against Bayfield and Salida, but fell prey to the Alamosa Mean Moose Tuesday night.
Friday, the Pirates headed to Bayfield, where they played a shortened, 60-minute game against the Wolverines due to a 10-goal advantage.
Coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason said the Pirates played a strong game with tight passing and defensive play.
“We were just playing our game,” Kurt-Mason said. “That’s what we were doing.”
Six Pirate goals hit the scoreboard in the first half of the game, the first from Diego Gutierez after a pass from Riley Searle.
Gutierez scored the second goal, as well, while Quinn Smith scored the third, Searle scored the fourth, Smith headed in the fifth goal of the game and Sully Smith ended the Pirates’ first-half scoring with the game’s sixth goal.
The second half began much as the first half ended, with Searle scoring the team’s seventh goal.
The next goal completed Smith’s hat trick, and teammate Searle followed suit, also completing a hat trick for the team’s ninth goal.
The 10th and final goal came from Isaiah Gallegos at the top of the box — Gallegos’ first varsity goal.
The next day, the squad headed to Salida.
The team took a 3-0 lead in the first half of the game thanks to goals from Dane Murdoch, Garek Erskine and Searle.
The first goal game from Murdoch on a throw-in that bounced off the Salida goalie as he attempted a save.
The second goal came from the foot of Erskine, when he one-touched a feed from Searle.
The third goal again featured Murdoch and Searle, with Searle volleying in a throw-in from Murdoch.
Salida scored near the end of the half on a play Kurt-Mason said was offsides, but that was not called by the game’s officials.
Taking a 3-1 lead into the second half, Kurt-Mason said he transitioned the team to defense, but Salida snuck another goal in at the end of the game.
The Pirates totaled 14 shots in the game, while keeper Silas Thompson recorded 12 saves.
“He’s playing well,” Kurt-Mason.
Tuesday, the Pirates travelled to Alamosa for a match against their conference foes, coming home with a 1-0 loss.
Kurt-Mason said Alamosa outplayed Pagosa in the first half, but that the tables were turned in the second half.
“It was a really hard match,” Kurt-Mason said.
In fact, neither team scored in regulation and it was not until the end of the second overtime period that Alamosa scored the first and only goal of the game.
“Silas kept us in the game,” Kurt-Mason said of his keeper, adding, “Alamosa played an awesome game.”
The Pirates round out their regular season schedule today and tomorrow with games against Center and in Piedra Vista.
Kurt-Mason said the team’s main goal in the match against conference opponent Center will be staying focused and playing the team’s style of play no matter the score.
The game kicks off at Golden Peaks Stadium at 4 p.m. today. Admission is free.
Friday, the team will board a bus and head to Farmington for a match against Piedra Vista — a team with a style of play similar to Alamosa.
Kurt-Mason said one of the keys to the game will be tight marking on defense.
The game will end the regular season for the Pirates but, as of Wednesday, the conference playoff picture is still muddled due to the remaining games on the part of the seven conference teams, including key matchups between teams such as Crested Butte and Ridgway.