Pirates bow out of postseason play with tough loss

Photo courtesy Joanne Irons Keeper Briar Erskine fields the ball while defenders Maverick Miller, Blake Irons and Bryce Raymond back him up on the play Friday against Peak to Peak. The game was played in Carbondale. The Pirates bowed out of contention for the state title after losing the game 3-2 in a shootout.

Photo courtesy Joanne Irons
Keeper Briar Erskine fields the ball while defenders Maverick Miller, Blake Irons and Bryce Raymond back him up on the play Friday against Peak to Peak. The game was played in Carbondale. The Pirates bowed out of contention for the state title after losing the game 3-2 in a shootout.

“No excuses. No regrets.”

Coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason is nothing but proud of how the Pagosa Springs High School Pirate soccer team played in its postseason loss to Peak to Peak Friday in Carbondale.

“The guys played even with a talented Peak to Peak team: 1-1 at halftime, 2-2 at the 80 (minute) mark, 0-0 for both 15 (minute) overtimes,” the coach wrote of the heartbreaking loss the team suffered. “We deferred to go second in the shootouts and came up short.”

The final score of the game sits at 3-2, with the Peak to Peak Pumas (from Lafayette) earning the winning point by scoring more goals than the Pirates in the shootout.

“We gave everything we had and left everything on the field,” the coach wrote.

Pagosa struck first in the game, however, with James Berndt scoring an “artistic” one-touch goal in the first minute off an assist from Connor Bjork.

Peak to Peak, which won the state championship in 2005, retaliated with 17:06 left in the first half off a direct kick, tying the game at one each.

Pagosa also scored first in the second half, with Berndt feeding the ball to Ben Bard, who one-touched it into the net.

“James was phenomenal,” the coach noted, “often double-teamed, he still had an assist to Ben and an artistic goal.”

Berndt also tallied the most shots on the team by a wide margin.

Despite several other close shots that would have given the Pirates an extra goal, the team was unable to score again.

In the final minutes of the second half, however, Peak to Peak was able to find the back of the net, forcing the game into overtime.

After both teams were scoreless in two overtime periods, it came down to a shootout to determine who would advance to the Sweet 16 round of the 3A state playoffs.

Pagosa deferred to shoot second in the shootout, but were out-shot 4-2, giving Peak to Peak the 3-2 win.

Peak to Peak, who went into the playoffs as the No. 19 seed (the Pirates were 14), went on to defeat No. 3 Roaring Fork the following day to advance to this weekend’s quarterfinals.

Conference opponents Telluride and Crested Butte also bowed out of postseason action with losses last weekend.

No. 12 Telluride lost to No. 21 Jefferson Academy on Friday. No. 7 Crested Butte defeated No. 26 Manitou Springs Friday, but went on to lose to No. 10 Salida on Saturday.

Pagosa defeated Salida early in the season.

With the season wrapped up, Kurt-Mason said Berndt ended the season with 16 goals and four assists to lead the region with 36 points (two points are awarded for each goal and one point for each assist).

Keeper Briar Erskine ended the season with a region-leading 1.2 goals against average for the season. Erskine allowed 19 goals on the season while logging 252 saves for an average of 16.8 saves per game.

 

 
This story was posted on October 30, 2014.