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Pirates face Wolverines in regular-season closer Friday

Staff Writer

The Pagosa Springs Lady Pirates played three games over the week and lost more than they won.

Before Friday’s game even began, coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason explained how he would be missing players due to injury, illness and other commitments, so he would barely be able to put the required 11 players on the pitch.

“This season has been a real challenge for me,” Kurt-Mason admitted, “from designing training sessions to starting line-ups.”

The Miners

On Friday, the Pirates hit the road for Telluride, where the Miners handed them a 3-0 loss.

Goalie Maria Campuzano chalked up five saves in the first half while allowing one goal against her, then managed nine saves in the second half while giving up two goals.

“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors,” the coach said. “The same goes for soccer players. We don’t learn by getting everything right. We learn from our mistakes.”

Though Kurt-Mason named Haleigh Brown as the player of the game, saying she “played a very solid game, on both offense and defense,” it was Johannah Laverty who got credit for nine shots on the goal.

Hannah Marnocha had two while Brooke Bowdridge and Sara Chronowski each made one.

“We made some mistakes in (the) game against Telluride,” the coach admitted, “and we addressed them all. We don’t learn from getting everything right. We learn from our mistakes and life’s challenges and move on… We had some problems transitioning from defense to an offensive posture and communication.”

The Demons

The next day, the Pirates were in Ridgway, where they scratched out a 2-1 victory over the Demons.

“Today, under fierce winds, an hour delay, and playing with limited numbers,” Kurt-Mason explained, “the girls played through adversity and corrected the mistakes made in the previous match. It came down to the very end with Ridgway nearly tying it up and Pagosa having created a good scoring opportunity, all in the last two minutes.”

In naming Olivia Reinhardt as the player of the game, the coach said, “Olivia has been improving in every match. She has been selfless in her play all season. Her work ethic is remarkable. She plays in a wing position and covers more ground than anyone. She is a defender. She is a mid-fielder. She is an attacker. She scored her first goal of the season today, two minutes after Ridgway scored the first goal.”

Laverty scored the other Pirate goal and got credit for one assist and six shots, while Chronowski got credit for another assist.

Marnocha made four shots, Reinhardt and Anissa Lucero each made two, and Angette Pastuszek made one.

Campuzano had five saves on the other end of the pitch.

The Mean Moose

Finally, the Pirates were in Alamosa on Tuesday, where they took a 5-0 trouncing from the Mean Moose.

During the first half of the game, Campuzano made eight saves.

“The one that got in was a shot from ten yards that went to Maria’s right side,” Kurt-Mason relayed. “She dove and made contact with the ball and nearly knocked it away, but not that time.”

In naming Laverty as the player of the game, the coach explained, “Johannah always elevates the level of the game and today was no different.”

During the first half of the game, the Pirates had six shots on the goal and had three others that went wide.

“We were defending well and even created some scoring chances,” Kurt-Mason said. “We put Jo in the midfield with Hannah and they both had stellar defensive games.”

However, things got worse in the second half and the Pirates gave up four more goals.

Tomorrow, the Wolverines will make the trek from Bayfield to face the Pirates in Golden Peaks Stadium at 4 p.m. for the last game of the regular season.

ed.fincher@pagosasun.com

This story was posted on May 1, 2014.