GRANTS - The Grants High School Pirates boys’ soccer team came off of a long two-week break and fell in their first game back, in their home opener against district foe Miyamura. Previous to the game, the Pirates and the Patriots were predicted to have a very tough battle for the first place position in the district standings. After the Pirate loss, the Patriots took over the first place spot, and the Pirates fell into the second place position in District 6-4.
The Pirates went down early in the game against the Patriots after they managed to convert on a penalty kick. The Pirates were unable to recover from the early goal. The Pirate defense allowed two more goals to the Patriots, while the Pirates only scored one goal of their own, with a final score of 3-1.
"After the loss, this really told our team that we need to start working harder to be first in the district." Senior Antonio Salcido said about his team. "We can beat them, we just need to work harder."
Over the weekend, the Pirates played at home against Valencia in a battle to the wire. The Pirates held out the Jaguars with tough defense and a persistent offense according to Salcido. Senior Cañon Post described the game as brutal.
"This was a district game that everybody want to win." Post said after the game.
The Pirates managed to out score the Jaguars 3-2 with impressive scoring from the underclassmen on the team.
Today both Pirates squads will play Gallup at the Port of the Pirates, the first of which starts at 3 PM. On Thursday the Pirates were scheduled to make the trip to Los Lunas to battle against the Tigers, but due to complications, the game was rescheduled to this Thursday in Los Lunas.