The Switchbacks FC drew the University of Denver 2-2 at Weidner Field Saturday afternoon to finish the 2019 preseason unbeaten.
Coming off of a 2-0 win over the Air Force Academy on Tuesday, the Switchbacks were looking to keep the momentum going for the teams opening game in the USL Championship on March 9th in Los Angeles. Mike Seth got taken down in the box to earn a penalty and Jordan Burt converted from the spot in the 12th minute. Just before half time, Alex Molano placed a free kick in the upper corner to double the lead for the Switchbacks going into the break.
In a chippy second half, the University of Denver found a breakthrough from Jacob Stensson's free kick in the 67th minute to cut the Switchbacks lead in half. Just nine minutes from the final whistle, Preston Judd's header found the back post as he leveled the game at 2-2 to end the game in a draw. The Switchbacks ended the preseason unbeaten, officially winning four and drawing two games leading up to the beginning of the USL Championship season.
"I wish preseason could've been two weeks longer, but I think we got a lot done in the last five weeks," said Switchbacks Head Coach, Steve Trittschuh. "We played well at times. Hopefully this game got us ready for LA. But we have to have a better mentality and approach to the game even though it's cold."
The Switchbacks will kick off their 2019 USL Championship season on the road to the Los Angeles Galaxy II on March 9th. The home opener is on March 16th as they host the Sacramento Republic FC at 6:00 PM at Weidner Field for a St. Paddy's Day celebration with fireworks and 16oz $1 beer for the first 30 minutes after gates open at 5:00 PM. Tickets start at just $12 and are available HERE. For the price of a Switchbacks ticket and 2-5 beers, it is cheaper than buying 2-5 beers at a bar or restaurant.