Colorado Springs, CO (April 6, 2022) – The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC experienced their first loss in 2022 as Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC knocked them out of the U.S Open Cup in extra time.
The match started slow as each team worked to get their footing. The Switchbacks lineup reflected several new names, and with Hailstorm playing their first game both teams took time to warm up. The Switchbacks gained a big opportunity 25 minutes in, when #10 Parra from Hailstorm FC was presented with a red card after a reckless elbow tackle that left #31 Erdmann on the ground. The Switchbacks played a man up for the rest of the game, but were unable to capitalize on it.
Both teams accrued multiple chances in regular time, but while Switchbacks held possession for over 70% of the match, they only had two shots on target and were unable to follow through. At the end of regulation both teams were still tied 0-0, but in the 96′ Hailstorm got on the board as #19 Jerry Desdunes accepted a pass from #9 Lachlan Mclean to get it across the goal line. A double yellow card for #55 Triston Hodge in the 103′ had the teams leveled out again, and the match was over with no other results on the board at the 120th minute.
The Switchbacks will take to the road again for their April 9th match against Las Vegas Lights FC. They will return home on April 16th as they take on Memphis 901 FC. Tickets to that match, and all other matches, available HERE.