In deference to the compressed schedule the Monarchs came out with a couple of changes from Saturday’s victorious squad with Juan Mare starting up top in place of Hoffman and Kacher coming in on the left wing.
The Monarchs came out looking composed and bossed large stretches of the first half with high pressure and 60% of the overall possession. Despite 4 corner kicks and a large amount of possession they failed to find any joy in front of goal with only three shots total and a single on goal. On the other hand, the Switchbacks had brief moments with two balls by AJ Ajeakwa and Martin Maybin in the back of the net called back for offside and another good opportunity by Karstin Hanlen go off the post.
Grinwis showed his lack of experience with the Monarchs and struggled in front of net. The only card was a yellow shown to Juan Mare shortly before the end of the half.
The first fifteen minutes provided more of the same with both the Switchbacks and the Monarchs bring on their first substitutes shortly before the 60th minute as Saeed Robinson brought fresh speed on for the Switchbacks and Josh Heard replaced Maikel Chang in what appeared to be a move to preserve legs for Monday’s match with San Antonio FC.
Chandler Hoffman came in for Mare about five minutes later. Several minutes later Jamal Jack found the back of the net once again only to have it called offside for the third time in the match. While the high line for the Monarchs could be considered to be doing its job, it did not play well with the home fans and was sufficient to shift momentum to the Switchbacks.
At the 70th minute Jose Hernandez came in for Charlie Adams while the Switchbacks made a injury replacement as Pascal Eboussi left and Taylor Hunter came on. As the field seemed to begin slanting toward Colorado Springs they made their final change as Mason Toye came in for Karstin Hanlin and promptly made a break down the field resulting in a yellow card for Michael Gallagher.
In the 81st minute the Monarchs had their first good chance of the game as Hoffman put a shot off the Switchbacks crossbar. James Moberg made the defensive play of the game in the 84th minute as he hooked a ball that went right through the hands of Grinwis off the goals line.
Finally in the 87th minute following a couple of Monarch attempts Saeed Robinson got his second goal of the season as he took his time and placed his shot in the upper corner past the outstretched Grinwis. The Monarchs pressed hard for an equalizer but continued to sputter in the final third and the match ended 1-0 in favor of the Colorado Springs Switchbacks.