2:51 am - Tuesday July 25, 2017

Switchbacks Battle Back For Point On The Road

The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC grabbed a much-needed point on the road in Oklahoma City. Photo Courtesy Steven Christy Photography The Switchbacks and Oklahoma City Energy FC tied 3-3. “Huge point on the road,” said Switchbacks FC’s Chandler Hoffman. “Guys showed a lot of heart to fight back fro 0-2 down. I’m happy to contribute and score a couple of goals. Now we need to keep pushing forward and finish with a win in our last regular season game next weekend.” The Switchbacks fell behind early in the match when Oklahoma City Energy FC’s Danni Konig (#9) got a penalty kick in the 2nd minute. The second goal for the Energy FC came in the 14th minute from Casey Townsend (#11), after getting past the Switchbacks’ defense. Despite being down 2-0, the Switchbacks battled back and in the 36th minute Charles Eloundou (#16) put the ball in the back of the net on a brilliant individual effort. In the second half the Switchbacks came out fighting, and in the 71st minute Chandler Hoffman (#15) capitalized on a great ball by Eloundou, tying the match. The Energy FC responded with a unbelievable blast from outside the 18, by Sebastian Dalgaard (#7) into the back of the net. The match wasn’t over, and a penalty kick goal in stoppage time by the Switchbacks’ Chandler Hoffman ended the match in a 3-3 tie. “The players from both teams played at a high level tonight with a great atmosphere from the fans,” said Switchbacks FC Head Coach Steve Trittschuh. “We showed some character coming from behind and getting the late equalizer.” This is the second time these two teams have played each other. They first met for the Switchback’s home opener on April 4th. The Switchbacks lost that match by a 1-2 score, with a late goal deciding the outcome in that match as well. The Switchbacks and Energy FC could meet again in the USL Playoffs.

The Switchbacks (14-9-4, 46 pts.) are currently in 1st place in the USL’s Western Conference. The question is what seed they will get for playoffs. There is no answer, yet, in the tightly contested playoffs’ race in the Western Conference. “A championship team responds and today we responded,” said Switchbacks FC’s Josh Phillips. “To go down on the road and fight back shows heart and determination, two things we have that will win Colorado Springs a championship.” STATS: Score: Switchbacks FC 3: Energy FC 3 Shots on Goal: – Switchbacks FC – 15 – Energy FC – 12 Saves: – Switchbacks FC – 4 – Energy FC – 4 Cautions: – Switchbacks FC – #6 Davy Armstrong (49:44), #21 Shin Harada (63:23), #9 Marty Maybin (87:52) – Energy FC – #1 Evan Newton (53:26), #7 Sebastian Dalgaard (63:09), #5 Gareth Evans (90:00)

The Switchbacks will play their final regularseason match at home on Saturday, September 19th. They will be taking on LA Galaxy II at Sand Creek Stadium at 7 p.m. Be sure to be the 12th man and help cheer the Switchbacks on to victory for our Fan Appreciation Night! Congratulations to OKC Energy FC on their record crowd at Taft Stadium of more than 6,800! For more information about the Switchbacks FC, or for tickets to home matches, go to our website at switchbacksfc.com. Fans can also follow the team on Facebook www.facebook.com/switchbacksfc or Twitter @SwitchbacksFC

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