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The Pagosa Springs Lady Pirates chalked up a much-needed win during Tuesday’s soccer match in Ignacio, evening up their win-loss record at 3-3-2.
“We played like we practiced,” coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason explained. “It is great to see the growth that our girls have made.”
The Bobcats now have a record of zero wins and seven losses.
“It was windy and the grass was long,” Kurt-Mason described the conditions on the Ignacio pitch, “which can slow the ball down. The girls understood and adjusted in our warm-up by moving quickly to the ball.”
The Pirates were able to score seven goals in the first half while holding the Bobcats scoreless. Then, in the second half, each team scored one goal. The slow second half could be evidence of a problem the Pirates have had all year — not enough extra players to allow for substitutions as the girls get fatigued.
“Our team had great shape on offense, which has been a thorn in our side,” the coach admitted. “The girls kept the ball on the ground and played a possession game, connecting numerous passes before getting to Ignacio’s third of the field.”
Johannah Laverty made 10 shots on the goal and connected two with the back of the goal. The first occurred 10 minutes into the game and came off an assist from Brooke Bowdridge. The seconds occurred 27 minutes into the second half.
“Both should be showcased on ‘Goals of the Week,’” Kurt-Mason argued.
Laverty also got credit for two assists.
Hayley Mitchel and Anissa Lucero also scored two goals and offered two assists each.
“Anissa was always in the right place at the right time,” the coach complimented, “and finished two, (possibly three).”
Hannah Marnocha and Bowdridge each added one more goal to the team’s total.
“Brooke had a nice finish off Johanna’s corner in the 34th minute,” Kurt-Mason concluded. Bowdridge also got credit for two assists.
Maria Campuzano put in the full 80 minutes as goalie, but her defense didn’t give her much opportunity to play, only allowing five shots on the goal.
In naming Shanelle Wilson as the Pirates’ Player of the Game, the coach’s citation read: “Shanelle was solid! She was vocal, physical and made the right decisions at the right time. She distributed and defended with passion. Her play defined what a Pirate sweeper should be.”
The Pirates are on the road today for their rematch against Center at 4 p.m. The Vikings forced the Pirates into two overtime periods on April 4 before the game went into the books as a 1-1 tie.