Colorado Springs, CO (July 23, 2021) – Michee Ngalina scored a late equalizer to earn the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC a 1-1 draw vs Louisville City FC at Weidner Field on Friday night.
The first chance of the game fell to the foot of Louisville's Brian Ownby from a corner kick but Abraham Rodriguez came out to make a foot save from point blank range.
The Switchbacks had an opportunity to take the lead in the 35th minute when Deshane Beckford cut onto his right foot from the top of the left side of the penalty area but his shot was saved by Chris Hubbard. Ngalina nearly scored before halftime when he used his pace to fire a left footed shot from the right side of the penalty area that was just wide of the right post.
Louisville got on the board first in the 74th minute as Jonathan Gomez played a cross on the ground to Antoine Hoppenot who scored from three yards out.
The Switchbacks found a late equalizer when Matt Mahoney played a pass into Ngalina who turned and dribbled to the top of the penalty area. Ngalina unleashed a powerful shot to the bottom right corner of the goal that was too strong for for Hubbard to keep out. Ngalina's fourth goal of the season was enough to secure the 1-1 draw in the first ever meeting between the two clubs.
The Switchbacks are on the road for the next two games, taking on Loudoun United FC at 4pm MT on July 31 and Austin Bold FC at 6pm MT on August 4.
The Switchbacks are back at Weidner Field on August 7 to face Hartford Athletic with gates opening at 6pm for a 7pm kick off. The game is presented by Centura Health on Galactic Night, with the first 4,000 fans in the gates receiving a free saber. Tickets are available HERE.