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The Pagosa Springs High School boys’ soccer team is playing every game like it’s the last, despite a winning weekend against Alamosa and Ridgway and a Tuesday win over Bayfield, leaving everything on the field.
With one game left in the regular season, the team is in second place in the Intermountain League Conference, behind the undefeated Telluride Miners. The top two teams from each conference will advance to the playoffs, as well as 11 wildcard teams.
The Pirates currently sit at 9-2-0 (10-3-0 overall record), behind Telluride’s 10-0-1 conference record (13-0-1 overall). Crested Butte follows in third with a 5-2-2 league standing (6-4-2 overall).
Thursday afternoon, the Pirates took on the Alamosa Mean Moose in a game at Golden Peaks Stadium that remained scoreless until the final minutes.
It was in the final 10 minutes that Colton Polczynski made a successful run at the goal off an assist by Sully Smith.
“That was a tough battle,” said Coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason, calling Alamosa a strong team. “Alamosa controlled the ball really well in the middle of the field.”
Pirate keeper Quinn Smith recorded 19 saves in the game.
“It was a good demonstration of sportsmanship in high school,” Kurt-Mason said.
Saturday, the team faced Ridgway in another close affair on their home pitch.
“It was a real aggressive match. Both teams were playing with everything, you could tell,” Kurt-Mason said.
The Pirates triumphed twice in the first half during the game, with goals from sophomore Conner Burkesmith and freshman Matthew Breman.
Ridgway fought back in the second half, however, scoring one.
“They were coming on really strong at the end of the game,” Kurt-Mason said, with one-on-one bouts with Smith in the goal. “They could’ve tied it up at the end.”
But, the Pirates were victorious, taking that two-game win streak into a Tuesday match against Bayfield in Bayfield.
The squad continued its winning ways in that game, walking away with four goals — two each from Diego Gutierrez and Garret Lyle, who are both battling injuries. Assists in the match came from Eli Stephens, Gutierrez, Dean Hampton and Lyle.
Rounding out the regular season, the Pirates take on Telluride Friday in a match on the Pirates’ home pitch, slated to begin at 4 p.m.