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Although the Pagosa Springs Lady Pirates finished their season last week with a 1-0 win over the Bayfield Wolverines, they remained pretty close to the middle of the pack in the state rankings.
In naming Sara Chronowski as Player of the Game, coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason said, “Sara stepped up to the task and shined today.”
The coach went on to explain that the key to the win was the lady’s strong defensive play.
“Everyone played very tight on the defensive side of things. We collapsed on them fairly well and distributed the ball through the midfield better than we have done all season.”
This strength in defense was achieved despite the team being conspicuously short by a couple of its key defensive players.
“Sara Chronowski was asked to step into the game as a goalkeeper for the first time in over a year,” Kurt-Mason continued. “She kept us in the game with 13 saves and great distribution.” The coach added that Chronowski performed “the best goalkeeping we have had all year.”
On the other end of the pitch, while Brooke Bowdridge got in one shot on the Wolverine goal, Johannah Laverty got six shots, and one of those made it into the goal.
“A handball in Bayfield’s box gave Johannah a penalty kick,” Kurt-Mason detailed, “which she buried in the back of the net with 22 minutes left in the game.”
While the official stats sheet doesn’t give any more details about the game, the coach did specifically mention Shanelle Wilson, Addie Thompson, Angette Pastuszek, Hannah Jo Marnocha, Olivia Reinhardt, Jade Hart and Abby Johnson, and said they “all played the best game of their season today.”
Co-captain Anissa Lucero, the team’s only senior, played the last game of her high school career and was honored by her teammates before the game.
With a 5-6-2 overall win/loss record and 5-5-2 in league action, the Pirates wound up ranked 45th in the state 3A division. The Jefferson Academy Jaguars were ranked No. 1.
Of the other teams in Region 5, the Alamosa Mean Moose were ranked 19th with an overall record of 12-2 and a league record of 11-1, and Bayfield was ranked 26th with a record of 10-4 and a league record of 9-2.
The Telluride Miners and the Center Vikings were also ranked slightly higher than the Pirates. With a 7-6 overall and 6-5 league record, Telluride finished with a 42 ranking, while Center ended up at 44 with a 6-6 overall and 5-5 league record.
Ridgway ended the season ranked 58th with a record of 3-9, while Ignacio finished 71st with a record of 0-12.