Colorado Springs, CO (August 27, 2022) – The Switchbacks FC earned a huge win in a thriller of a match against New Mexico United, ending the night 1-0.
The Switchbacks dominated the field in the first half of the match, holding 64% of the possession with an 84.4% passing accuracy. #10 Hadji Barry had a great push in the 12th minute after some fancy footwork to keep the ball. New Mexico played really defensively in the first half, playing with five in the back and not making a lot of pushes to thread the ball, resulting in zero shots on the net for them in the first forty five.
The first and only goal of the night came in the 38th minute, as Barry earned his 16th goal of the season. A beautiful pass from #14 Jairo Henriquez crossed from midfield landed right on Barry’s boot, and some quick footwork saw the ball sail past the New Mexico goalkeeper into the top right corner of the net.
The Switchbacks refused to sit back in the second half and by the 72nd minute had made 425 passes. New Mexico struggled to keep possession of the ball and had no attempted shot for thirty minutes straight in the second half of the match. A last final push from NM required some big saves from Colorado Springs goal keeper #1 Jeff Caldwell, including a clutch grab in the 95th minute that would be the save of the game.
The Switchbacks will return to Weidner Field Saturday September 3rd as they host Phoenix Rising FC for their Cancer Awareness Night. Tickets to that match, and all other matches, are available online.
- Man of the Match: Hadji Barry
- Scoring Summary// COS: Barry (39′) |
- Saves// COS: Caldwell (1) | : Tambakis (2)
- Discipline// COS: YC: Ockford (25′); Rayyan (49′);| NM: YC: Frater (28′); Preston (89′)