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It’s hard to believe winter is almost over, but one sure sign is that the Pagosa Springs Lady Pirate soccer team is ready to kick off the spring with some pre-season action this Saturday.
“Our scrimmage day in Canon City on the first of March will be against a number of teams,” head coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason explained.
These include Canon City, Discovery Canon, Widefield and Florence. Each game will be 60 minutes long, according to the Colorado High School Athletic Association format.
The team’s first official practice was on Monday of this week, but since the beginning of the new year, Kurt-Mason has held a number of optional gym workouts, indoor and outdoor training sessions and some cross-fit training.
“I don’t hold tryouts,” the coach clarified, “since some of our team will still be playing basketball after our season starts.”
Anissa Lucero, for example, played eight soccer games last season, but only after the state basketball tournament ended. This year, the Lady Pirates’ basketball team is ranked No. 1 or 2 in the state 3A division, depending on which poll is consulted, and hold a 19-0 win/loss record, so they will most likely see quite a bit of post-season action before some of the girls can switch over to soccer.
“Most of our practices are set up to be highly competitive, though,” Kurt-Mason continued. “Each week our ‘Varsity Team’ could change because of that.”
Last year’s varsity team included Maddy Davey, who played 12 out of the team’s 13 games and scored 18 goals total. She put a lot of pressure on the Pirates’ opponents with 54 shots on goal and four assists.
The Lady Pirate with the next closest record was Johannah Laverty, who made 23 shots on the goal and managed to put eight of those into the net, even though she only played six games total.
Katie Blue played nine games and scored five goals out of 16 shots, while Angie Gallegos played eight, scored four and shot 17.
On the other end of the pitch, Rose Graveson put in 682 minutes as the Pirates’ goalie during 11 games, chalking up 70 saves while only letting 16 get past her. Maria Campuzano played 290 minutes through six games and made eight saves (she was scored against six times), while Sara Chronowski spent 80 minutes in front of the goal during two games and got credit for four saves.
Gallegos and Blue, along with Haliegh Zenz and Rylee Houston, were all seniors last year, so they won’t be back. Neither will Davey, since she moved to California over the summer, but she does plan on returning to Pagosa for her spring break, and has promised the coach she will come to practices during that week.
The coach hasn’t posted a roster for this year’s team yet.
The Pirates finished last season in the middle of a seven-team pack with a 6-6-0 record in league play and a 6-6-1 record overall. They scored 44 times and were scored upon 25 times.
Within the state 3A division, the Bayfield Wolverines led the Region 5 League with a record of 10-1-1 (and an overall record of 12-3-1). They scored a total of 58 goals while only allowing 13.
The Telluride Miners also had a league record of 10-1-1, but were ranked second in Region 5 with an overall record of 11-3-1, having scored 73 goals total while only giving up 16.
The Alamosa Mean Moose ended last season with a league record of 9-3-0 and a total record of 11-4-1. They made 80 goals but also let their opponents score 28 times.
The Center Vikings finished with a 4-8-0-league record and 5-9-1 overall, giving up 59 goals while only making 17 of their own.
The Ridgway Demons were 2-10-0 against the rest of the league and 2-10-1 overall. They let the ball get by them 68 times while only scoring 21.
The Ignacio Bobcats brought up the rear, having lost all 12 of their games and never facing a non-league team. They only scored three times all season but were scored upon 99 times.
Kurt-Mason and his staff are looking forward to the competition this year. He concluded, “Scott (assistant coach Galabota) and I are happy to see that we have had some girls commit to fitness preparation so that competitive phase won’t be so difficult.”