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  • GAZETTE PHOTO / ELLIS KNOX The Pirate soccer team has won their own tournament in an exciting ending in a shootout 6 to 5, defeating the Carthage Bulldogs in the final game. Many of the team members and sideline assistants hold up five fingers to show the

Pirate Soccer wins own tournament

The Pirate Soccer team started the New Year with an undefeated record in Pittsburg’s first annual soccer tournament. It began as a cold weekend but warmed slightly on Saturday as the sun came out. The Pirates defeated Spring Hill in their first game Thursday, Pitt 5 – S.H. 1.

Co-Captain Eric Ponce scored two goals, Marco Trejo scored two goals, and Yedhiael Ramirez scored 1. Goalie Marc Germilus had a 50 percent record as there were only two shots allowed by the Pirate defense, he missed one and blocked the other. Gio Rojas had five steals and Ponce had six. Ponce was the Player of the Game.

The Pirates second game was against the formidable Carthage Bulldogs. The Pirates won this game, three goals to one. Ponce, Trejo, and Rojas all scored one goal each. Carthage attacked the goal 13 times. Goalie Germilus saved 12 and allowed only one score. Victor Benitez had eight steals, and Ponce had five. Trejo was the Player of the Game.

The third game was a shutout against Gladewater, Pitt 6 – Bears 0. Benitez, Y. Ramirez, and Kevin Ramirez all scored one goal for three of the six. Ponce scored three to finish off the Bears. Elias Flores had six steals and Ponce had eight. The Pirate defense only allowed two shots at the goal, Goalie Germilus saved both and was credited for the shutout. Ponce was the Player of the Game.

The undefeated Pirates were then lined up against the Carthage Bulldogs once again for the tournament championship game. The Bulldogs only loss in the tournament was the loss to the Pirates. The first half was all Carthage as they dominated the Pirates and scored two goals, attacking the Pitt goal 6 times. In the second period the Pirates seemed to regain their poise and determination and then held the Dogs scoreless but scored two goals to tie the game. Flores scored one goal and Ponce the other.

Time ran out for the last period and the score stood tied at two goals each. After a brief pause five strikers were chosen from each team for a shootout. The teams alternating shots at each opposing goalie using only the western most goal. Goalie Germilus saved the first three shots by the Carthage shooters but allowed two goals. The Carthage goalie did the same, and the game was tied again, two all.

Five more shooters from each team came out and as each team took their turns attacking the goal. Carthage hit three and the Pirates scored four, settling the tie, six shootout goals to five for the Dogs. Scoring one of the goals in the shootout were: Jared Mancilla, Benitez, Flores, S. Ramirez, Trejo, and Ponce. Goalie Marc Germilus was the Player of the Game.

The Pirates stand now at won four and one loss to Mount Pleasant, Dec. 28, 3 goals to two. Scoring were Trejo and Ponce. Goalie Germilus saved seven of the 10 shots by the Tigers.

Next on the schedule, the Pirates will travel for the Tatum Tournament, Jan. 10, 11, and 12. Pirate Soccer’s first game will be against the Grace Community Cougars on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 10:25 am.

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