Free kicks doom Alamosa against Pirates

Alamosa’s Malia Tuioti-Mariner (9) and Kelly Castillo (8) look to take possession for Alamosa as teammate Devyn Mitchell (1) awaits the result. (VC/Jiron)

ALAMOSA — The second entry into the league schedule was less successful for Alamosa. The Mean Moose Girls Soccer club fell 2-1 in overtime to the visiting Pagosa Springs Pirates (2-2-2) on Friday.

The Moose (1-4) have faced some pretty stiff competition this season. With the likes of top ten 3A and 4A talents Salida and Pueblo Centennial along with 5A Pine Creek all winding up in the wrong column, games against the homely Intermountain League (IML) have to seem downright pleasant.

Last week Alamosa picked up a win over district rival Montezuma-Cortez in a 1-0 game. On Friday the Moose were afforded an opportunity to go 2-0 in the league.

Defense would prevail for both clubs in the first half at Alamosa High School field. Alamosa defender Cheyenne Brock and company would successfully stifle any intrusions to the home side of the field funneling things forward to their offensive teammates. Senior Melody Lipke showed excellent burst on a few rushes but the first half would come to a close scoreless.

The second half was where all the action was. With forty minutes left to play in the second half, A loose ball went over a Pagosa defender leaving both Lipke Amanda Parkins in a two on none rush with just the goalie to beat. When Pagosa Springs’ keeper came out to challenge, Parkins would ditch the ball over the keeper’s head before the collision leaving a slow bouncer to roll in giving Alamosa a 1-0 advantage.

Twenty minutes later a high kick charged to the Moose, gave the Pirates an indirect kick. A well placed ball dropped in the box and in the ensuing scramble found it’s way into the back of the net to tie the game with less than 20 minutes to play. Five minutes later Alamosa’s Devyn Mitchell suffered a leg injury keeping her out through the rest of regulation.

Despite applying an immense amount of pressure the Moose were unable to break the tie before overtime. In the extra period Pagosa Springs would take control logging some decent scoring chances, it wasn’t until late in the period that the game would be decided however. Pagosa gave themselves a chance by keeping the ball on the attack prompting an out on Alamosa leading to a corner kick.

Once again the ball would get dropped in the box. When Alamosa keeper Reagan Hall couldn’t wrangle it, Pagosa’s Samaya Dunn de Pulido knocked it in to give the Pirates the overtime win. Alamosa will be back in action early next week with a road game against Crested Butte at Gunnison on April 9th at 4:30 p.m.

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