Pirate Soccer falls to Bluejackets, 3-2

Amidst the downpouring rain that came in wave after wave, the Charlestown boys played host to the Mitchell Bluejackets on Monday evening. Senior striker Colin Martin was tripped from behind inside the box moments before taking his shot, but the referee decided there was no call and Mitchell escaped all but certain opening goal from the Pirates. A few minutes later at the 29:36 mark of the first half, Freshman attacking midfielder Jeremiah Paiz assisted Junior striker Trent Wight to open the scoring. Wight would not be able to finish the game after being shoulder tackled in the lower back on his way to a certain shot on goal, but again the referee chose not to give the penalty kick and instead awarded Mitchell with a goal kick. Playing without starting center back and team captain Alfredo Arredondo who was injured over the weekend, as well as being short Senior right back Esdras Hernandez who is nursing a pulled upper hamstring, and Senior holding midfielder Josh Wray who suffered a contusion to the thigh muscle over the weekend…the Pirates were already playing with six freshmen dressing for the contest, losing Wight was too much to overcome as the rain and the calls on the pitch were certainly not doing anything to make it easier. The Pirates would score again in the second half when Senior Brayden Cooksey sent in a corner kick and the Mitchell goal keeper bobbled the ball into his own net scoring an own goal. Junior Zach Higdon played his first full game in the defensive line for the Pirates and looked admirable, but Arredondo leaves very big shoes to have to fill and the entire back four struggled to find their footing as Mitchell found goals from Junior midfielder Jordan Duncan and a brace from Junior forward Aiden Wheeler to go ahead and win the game 3-2.

Tuesday night, the Charlestown Pirates will look to bounce back against conference opponents Austin at Dutch Reis field. It’s youth soccer night at Charlestown High School and any Charlestown youth soccer player will get in to the game for free by wearing their youth soccer jersey.