Switchbacks FC Drop Result Behind Late Monarchs Goal
Colorado Springs, CO - The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC lost 2-1 after a stoppage-time goal in the rematch against the Real Monarchs SLC.
Both teams traded opportunities in the early stages of the game with the best chance falling to the foot of Switchbacks forward, Austin Dewing, who created his own space and fired a shot that was saved by James Slayton. The Switchbacks had another opportunity to take the lead from a free-kick when Arturo Diz Pe rose up to head his effort on target but Slayton managed to make the save into the crossbar. Ten minutes till halftime, Jack Blake put the Monarchs in the lead by placing his penalty kick into the bottom corner.
The Switchbacks had the opportunity to equalize in the second half after Aidan Daniels was pulled down in the box to earn a penalty. George Lebese stepped up and calmly slotted the penalty into the bottom corner, sending Slayton the wrong direction for his first goal with the Switchbacks. The Real Monarchs took all three points as Taylor Peay turned in a redirected free-kick three minutes into stoppage time.
"We're trying to build, and we put together, what, a 90-minute performance tonight, and not a 95-minute performance," said Switchbacks Head Coach, Alan Koch. "So we're pushing, but the biggest word I would say is 'concentration'. Concentration in the minor details when we're attacking, but also concentration when we're defending."
The Switchbacks will be on the road next to face El Paso Locomotive FC at Southwest University Park on August 8th and New Mexico United on August 15th before returning to Weidner Field to take on El Paso on August 22nd.
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