Real Monarchs and Switchbacks both came out in an aggressive attacking style that saw several early chances created by both sides. Lalo Fernandez had an early series of two saves in the 5’, but it was Colorado Springs that eventually broke through first when Masta Kacher hit a superb shot at distance into the upper corner leaving Fernandez with no chance in the 15’.
Less than five minutes later Curinga was called for a hand ball in the box and Aaron King buried the penalty kick to double the Switchbacks lead.
The remainder of the first half continued to be tightly contested with more chances for both sides and defensive highlights for both sides.
The Monarchs came out aggressive again in the second half and created a number of good chances which eventually led to a goal by Velasquez in the 60’. Their momentum and pressure continued through most of the second half with a number of good chances, but ultimately they were unable to get a second goal past Poualy as the Switchbacks keeper finished with 4 saves and man-of-the-match laurels.
In a final frustration, Charlie Adams was sent off in second-half stoppage time after being given his second yellow for a bad foul. His first booking came in the 71’ for a hard challenge. Adams will be missing the trip to the Pacific Northwest next week to face Seattle Sounders 2.
15’ – COS – Masta Kacher (Rony Argueta)
19’ – COS – Aaron King (penalty)
60’ – SLC – Sebastian Velasquez (Daniel Haber)
Monarchs: (4-2-3-1) Fernandez; Curinga, Moberg, Orozco, Lachowecki; Adams, Besler (c); Brody (Ocran 87’), Velasquez, Haber (Minter 72’); Hoffman
Switchbacks: (4-2-3-1) Pouaty; Burt, Eboussi, Phillips, Suggs; Prugh, Argueta (c); Malcolm (Park 68’), Vercollone (McFarlane 82’), Kacher (Bevans 86’); King
Three Highlights for the Monarchs:
- The Monarchs created 21 shots in the losing effort finishing with 69% of the possession and 501 passes with 85.2% accuracy.
- Despite going down 2 goals early the Monarchs came back to score a goal and seize the momentum early in the second half.
- The Monarchs made 27 tackles at 7431% accuracy.