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Four Goals Earn Switchbacks FC First Win in Downtown Colorado Springs History

By Cody Costra, 06/16/21, 10:00PM MDT



Colorado Springs, CO (June 16, 2021) – The Switchbacks recorded their first ever win in Downtown Colorado Springs history in a 4-2 win over the Tacoma Defiance, powered by Michee Ngalina's two goals and an assist, and Hadji Barry's goal and three assists.

Looking to build off of consecutive draws, the Switchbacks almost scored another early goal at Weidner Field when Michee Ngalina fired a shot from the left side of the penalty area that was saved. However, Tacoma ended up taking the early lead as Azriel Gonzalez dribbled along the goal line and played a pass to Marlon Vargas who finished it.

The Switchbacks would finally reap the rewards of dominating possession of the ball for the rest of the first half when Hadji Barry played a lofted pass over the top of the defense and Ngalina lifted his shot over the head of the goalkeeper for his first goal at Weidner Field. 

The Switchbacks quickly turned the game around just four minutes later as Barry took a touch past his defender on the right side of the penalty area before unleashing a powerful ground cross that Deshane Beckford finished to give the hosts the 2-1 lead going into the half.

Ngalina almost struck again eight minutes into the second half as he held off a defender to claim a pass into the left side of the penalty area, only for the Tacoma goalkeeper, Spencer Richey to come up with another big save. Barry then tested Richey from a narrow angle on the left side of the penalty area on a shot that was blocked behind for a corner.

With just ten minutes remaining in the second half, Ngalina brought down a long ball over the defense before being fouled. With advantage being played, Barry hit a shot with his first touch from just inside the penalty area into the bottom left corner of the goal to extend the Switchbacks lead.

Tacoma got a goal back when Alec Diaz got on the end of a through ball and flicked the ball over Sean Melvin to finish the play. The Switchbacks would get a fourth goal to cap off the night as Barry touched the ball to Ngalina who used his speed to beat a sliding defender and finish at the near post from the left side of the penalty area for his second goal of the game.

The Switchbacks FC are on the road on Tuesday as the club takes on Austin Bold FC at 7:00pm MT on June 22. The Switchbacks are back at Weidner Field on Friday, June 25, against New Mexico United with gates opening at 6pm MT. The match is presented by Southwest Airlines with a Fireworks show directly following the match. Tickets are available HERE

Post-Game Quotes

Brendan Burke
On playing opportunities growing to create four goal games
"Yeah, I thought there were six or seven goals in that game for us honestly. I'm glad we were able to put four away, I'm really happy for Michee and Hadji, they were fantastic tonight, as always really. I mean they were fantastic in El Paso too, and Becky (Beckford) got in on the party, it's only his third game so that’s good. We're still building toward hopefully being able to drop multiple goals in every game.

On keeping the momentum up moving forward:
"We see Austin first and they’ve been solid, they don’t give away much in terms of opportunities going the other way. I didn’t see how their match ended tonight but I know they were locked up in a tight one with RGV so we'll prepare for them, and then we have two and three days which means opportunities for some of the younger guys in the group. We're not sure which day that rotation will happen, but I would expect to see a few more new faces. So were still building towards being able to put out the same lineup game after game.

Deshane Beckford
On scoring his first goal in front of the home crowd:
"I mean, to score here in front of these awesome fans is amazing, they’ve been supporting for so long. Otherwise for the goal, I'm so happy for the victory. The goal is just a plus, I'm just happy for the first victory, they’ve (the fans) been cheering us on, so this victory is really for them.

 On the energy tonight at Weidner Field:
"We started out the game slow, but gradually we built on the game, and we showed ownership here. It's our home, we showed that in the goals game. We missed a couple but we'll work on that for sure going forward.

Sebastian Anderson
On finally getting three points at home:
" *Sigh of relief* Yeah, it means everything. It was a hard fought battle, but in the end, it's beyond words man. It's great to get the first three points here, and you know the fans were behind us, everything was great so it was just right that we got it tonight.

On playing consistently in games:
"I mean obviously I'd just like to thank my teammates for being in great spots and playing me great balls, and obviously just need to do what I do and do what I need for the team, and I'm just glad I helped get the win.

Game Statistics

  • Man of the Match// Michee Ngalina
  • Scoring Summary// COS: Ngalina (32'), Beckford (36'), Barry (80'), Ngalina (89') | TAC: Vargas (11'), Diaz (85')
  • Saves// COS: Melvin (2) | TAC: Richey (7)
  • Discipline// COS: YC: Anderson (82'), | TAC: YC: Brewitt (66')