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.
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.
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