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Sacramento Republic FC Falls to Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 1-0

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC defeat Sacramento Republic FC 1-0 behind a 36th minute goal from Kevaughn Frater and a stout defensive performance.

 The match began with both teams feeling each other out, but Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, who needed a win or tie to keep their playoff hopes alive, pushed to find an early goal.  Despite the early pressure by the Switchbacks, it was Republic FC who would see the best early chance in the 27th minute.  Midfielder Villyan Bijev attacked through the middle of the field, reaching the top of the box before laying the ball wide to the left where Wilson Kneeshaw was making a run.  Kneeshaw attempted a right-footed shot, but a diving Switchbacks defender was there just in the nick of time to knock the ball out for a corner.

 The Switchbacks pressure would break through in the 36th minute on a play that started down the left side.  Defender Josh Suggs drove the ball down the side before cutting the ball back and sending a cross toward the back post.  Midfielder Kevaughn Frater chested the ball down and took a quick touch before firing a low shot past the defense and into the back post to put the Switchbacks ahead 1-0 going into the half.

 Looking to increase their lead, the Switchbacks would continue the attack early in the second half.  In the 53rd minute they had their best chance on a corner by Masta Kacher.  The midfielder’s looping pass went into the middle of the box where it was popped straight up in the air.  Frater tried to knock the ball toward the net, but it was punched out by Newton instead, but only as far as Shawn Chin who chested the ball down before hitting a long shot from around 30-yards out.  The ball started going toward the upper right corner but bent high and wide right, keeping the score 1-0.

 The Switchbacks almost doubled their lead again in the 76th minute.  The ball went long where both Akwafei Ajeakwa and Frater had beat the defense.  Frater brought the long ball down in a one-on-one with Newton and attempted to chip the Republic FC keeper, but Newton was quick to leap in the air and snag the ball to keep Republic FC in the match.

 Republic FC had their best chance of the half a minute into stoppage time. Kiffe’s corner went to the far post where Jeremy Hall jumped high to head the ball back into the middle.  Villyan Bijev made a run to that spot and was able to snap a header toward the goal, but Dan Jackson was quick to dive and make the save.

 Republic FC will finish their three-match road trip when they travel to face Reno 1868 FC on Saturday, Oct. 14.  With a win or a tie in that match Republic FC will clinch their fourth straight playoff appearance.  Republic FC would also clinch a playoff spot with a loss or a draw tonight by Orange County SC.  Kickoff for the match against Reno 1868 FC is 7:30 p.m. at Greater Nevada Field.  The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday-guide.

Sacramento Republic FC Falls To Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 1-0

A late goal by JJ Greer proves the difference as Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC defeat Sacramento Republic FC 1-0 at Switchbacks Stadium.

Sacramento Republic FC started the match very strong, seeing their first real chance on goal just 30 seconds in to the match. Midfielder Danny Barrera received the ball near the top of the box after Republic FC won the ball away in the Switchbacks half. Barrera took a few touches forward before sending a grounded shot toward the back post. Switchbacks goalkeeper Devala Gorrick was able to get down to his side quickly however and knock the ball away, keeping the match scoreless early.

July 16, 2016; Colorado Springs, CO, USA; Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC forward Martin Maybin (9) and Sacramento Republic FC defender Chris Christian (8) battle for the ball in the first half at Switchbacks Stadium. Credit: Isaiah J. Downing/Switchbacks FC
July 16, 2016; Colorado Springs, CO, USA; Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC forward Martin Maybin (9) and Sacramento Republic FC defender Chris Christian (8) battle for the ball in the first half at Switchbacks Stadium. Credit: Isaiah J. Downing/Switchbacks FC

The Switchbacks controlled the possession after the early chance for Republic FC. Despite the large possession time, the Switchbacks first strong chance on goal came in the 35th minute. Defender Josh Suggs ran the ball down the middle of the field before sending forward Marty Maybin through with a great pass around the defense. Maybin looked to be in but a sliding Derek Foran deflected his shot before Republic FC keeper Evan Newton punched the ball away from danger.

July 16, 2016; Colorado Springs, CO, USA; Sacramento Republic FC defender Kip Colvey (27) and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC defender Josh Suggs (5) battle for the ball in the first half at Switchbacks Stadium. Credit: Isaiah J. Downing/Switchbacks FC
July 16, 2016; Colorado Springs, CO, USA; Sacramento Republic FC defender Kip Colvey (27) and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC defender Josh Suggs (5) battle for the ball in the first half at Switchbacks Stadium. Credit: Isaiah J. Downing/Switchbacks FC

Republic FC had their strongest look on goal in the 39th minute. Forward Cameron Iwasa had the ball in the middle of the park before lofting a pass over the defense to substitute midfielder Max Alvarez who had beat the offside trap. Alvarez then went one-on-one with Gorrick but the onrushing goalkeeper was able to disrupt Alvarez enough as the midfielder’s chipped shot landed just outside the right post.

The best chance of the half for the Switchbacks came on the last play of the first half. After a missed clearance by Republic FC, forward Mike Seth played the ball into the middle to fellow forward Miguel Gonzalez who was streaking along the top of the box. Gonzalez touched the ball forward before sending a left-footed strike toward the upper left corner of the goal, but Newton was there as he sprung high and to the left to block the shot away and keep the match scoreless at the break.

Republic FC came out as the aggressor in the second half and controlled most of the possession. In the 68th minute Republic FC had their first strong look of the second half. Iwasa played the ball down the left side of the box before sending the ball back toward the middle. Alvarez touched Iwasa’s cross down to defender James Kiffe who was making a run down the middle of the box. Kiffe’s ensuing left-footed shot would curve just high and wide of the right corner of the goal however, keeping the match tied at 0-0.

The best chance of the half for Republic FC came in the 79th minute. Substitute forward Mackenzie Pridham took the ball down the right side of the box before beating his man on the dribble, setting up a one-on-one with Gorrick. Pridham charged the keeper before sending a rocket toward goal, but a sliding Gorrick was able to deflect the ball off his right shoulder and away from danger.

The Switchbacks would finally break the deadlock in the 83rd minute. Substitute forward Aaron King ran down a long ball before taking a shot that Newton deflected away for a corner. Suggs took the ensuing corner and sent it toward the back post. Defender JJ Greer was waiting at the back post and sprung up to meet the ball, sending a powerful header toward the top left side of the goal. Newton was able to get a finger on the ball, but the header was too powerful and sailed into the back of the net, giving the Switchbacks a 1-0 lead.

Despite a valiant effort in the final minutes, Republic FC was unable to find an equalizer giving Colorado Springs the 1-0 victory. Republic FC will continue their five-match road stretch as they travel to Vancouver to take on Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 on Sunday, July 24. Kickoff is 2 p.m. at Thunderbird Stadium on the campus of the University of British Columbia. The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations