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The Lady Pirates hit the road Tuesday afternoon in order to teach the Ignacio Bobcats how to play soccer, scoring five goals in the first half and four in the second while holding their opponents scoreless.
According to Coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason, the game went exactly as planned.
“We told our girls to pass, not dribble,” said Kurt-Mason. “We wanted it to be a two-touch game, so they (Pirate players) could touch the ball when it came to them and then the second time they touched it they had to pass it to someone else or shoot it.”
The strategy worked well as the Pirates kept the Bobcat defense on the run.
Two of the Pirates, Maddie Davey and Johannah Laverty, completed hat tricks — three goals in one game — while Katie Blue, Brooke Bowdridge and Sara Chronowski each scored one additional goal, making the final score 9-0.
“Maddie Davey had excellent movement off and on the ball,” Kurt-Mason commented. “She created many scoring opportunities for our team and defended very well.”
The coach explained that movement off the ball meant that even when a player didn’t have possession, she kept running, putting the defenders on the run and keeping them distracted and away from the ball.
“Maddie played center midfield,” the coach explained, “and she demonstrated great leadership from that position.”
Davey, who was named player of the game, also had one assist and took 10 shots. The coach explained that he only gives credit for a shot if it is headed for the net and the goalie has to block it; if the ball goes high or wide it doesn’t count as a shot.
Blue and Bowdridge each got credit for two assists, Laverty had one assist, and Angie Gallegos added one to the team total of seven assists.
The girls will host the Telluride Miners at Golden Peaks Stadium tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m.
“Telluride plays like us,” Kurt-Mason conceded. “They pass well and they attack from up front as well as from the defense. They also like to overload one side.”
The Pirates host the Ridgway Demons at 11 a.m. Saturday and the Bayfield Wolverines at 4 p.m. next week on March 26.
Next month, the Pirates travel to Alamosa to face the Maroons on April 2 and to Center to face the Vikings on April 4.
On April 16, the Bobcats will come to Pagosa looking to avenge this week’s loss, and the Vikings will be at Golden Peaks Stadium April 19. The Pirates will travel to Telluride on April 26, then to Ridgeway on April 27 before returning home to host Alamosa on the last day of the month.
The final game of the regular season will be in Bayfield, on May 3.