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High-Flying Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC Score Four in Win at Weidner Field

By Cody Costra, 08/29/21, 12:00AM MDT

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Colorado Springs, CO (August 28, 2021) – The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC continued their goal scoring form by defeating Austin Bold FC 4-1 on Saturday night in front of a sold-out crowd of 8,023 at Weidner Field.

The Switchbacks nearly got on the board early as a shot from distance by Andre Lewis forced Elliott Panicco into making a high save for a corner kick. However, Bold FC got on the board first when Xavier Baez hit a well-struck shot that Abraham Rodriguez could got a hand to, but the shot hit the left post and still went in.

Just seven minutes later, the Switchbacks had the opportunity to equalize as Lewis' shot struck the arm of the defender inside the penalty box. Hadji Barry stepped up to convert the penalty for his 20th goal in his 20th game of the season.

Lewis played a corner kick into the box in the 38th minute that fell to the foot of Triston Hodge who smashed home his first goal for the Switchbacks to give the hosts the lead. Just two minutes later, the Switchbacks scored another goal as Lewis found Thomas Amang on the right side of the penalty area and Amang blasted a low shot inside the near post for his second goal of the season.

Barry had a chance to get his second of the night ten minutes after halftime as he dribbled around Panicco but his shot was saved off the goal-line by a defender. The Switchbacks kept pushing to extend their lead when a shot from Sebastian Anderson was parried to the foot of Jose Torres who, with his first touch of the game, put his shot just wide of the left post.

The Switchbacks defense came up big when it mattered, starting with Rodriguez made a save from point-blank range to deny a second goal for Bold FC. Moments later, Bold FC had a free kick get directed to the inside of the left post before Jimmy Ockford cleared the ball off the goal-line.

The Switchbacks extended their lead in halftime as Torres won the ball at midfield before driving at the defense and playing a pass to Michee Ngalina on the right side of the penalty area. Ngalina sent a high chipped shot over the head of Panicco and into the back of the net for his eighth goal of the season.

Tonight's 4-1 win for the Switchbacks added to the clubs tally as the highest scoring team in the USL Championship and did so in front of a sold-out crowd to give the Switchbacks a little bit of breathing space in second place of the Mountain Division.

The Switchbacks are back on the road for their next game in a pivotal Mountain Division matchup vs New Mexico United on September 4th at 7:30pm MT. The Switchbacks are back at Weidner Field on September 8 to face the Real Monarchs SLC with gates opening at 6pm for a 7pm kick off. This is Margaritaville Night with $3 margarita's being served all night long! Tickets are available HERE.


Post-Game Quotes

 
Brendan Burke - Head Coach
Overall thoughts on the game
"We were a little disappointed in the rhythm of the game, and we didn’t dominate the game the way we would normally do it. It was mostly down to not hitting people’s front foot in transition, and uplink fast enough back to the front. We saw a few moments like we did with Amang’s goal, because it was a recovery. It was a touch and turn with the next pass, and he got it through, and he finished. We have deadly forward players, so we must get them on the ball in isolation, more often than we did tonight, and I think what I said to the players, is if you can win a game 4-1 when you are not in your best form then that’s a great sign for where we are headed."

How big is it to get a win against a division opponent?
"It is huge, I think on the other end, Rodriguez deserves credit as he made some important saves tonight to keep us in the game. We did some last ditch defending, which we haven’t been great at all year, there was more than a dozen positives in the game with resilience that hasn’t been there before, and we need to be a lot better so we will be in work early tomorrow morning."

On playing in front of a sold-out crowd:

"Our crowd is awesome, we all feel it, we can hear them coming over our shoulders! I mean they are into the game, and they are in tune with it, they understand the flow, and they understand it when it is time to dig in and defend! They also understand when the calls gone wrong, and it is great to have an educated tuned in fan base, and it makes our job a pleasure with so much energy behind you that you feel obligated to find a way."

On Thomas Amang's first goal at Weidner Field:

"He is not even fit yet, so I can’t wait to see him when he is 90 minutes fit at this altitude. We knew when we brought him here that other teams were going to make summer signings. So, we were kinda quiet about Thomas but he has played at a major European league at 18, 19, and 20 he was going through a rough patch, we are really very lucky to have gotten his signature at the time that we did when he was coming out of Spain his time in Norway he was showing flashes at what he could do now. I think he could tear this league apart when he hits the right run of form and has the right guys around him and right now I think he has all of that."


Triston Hodge
How does it feel getting your first goal with the club?
"It is always overwhelming, feeling to like do something good for the fans that paid to come in and for the team to help my get into the playoff spot in a better position it was overwhelming."

How do you feel about the fan support and playing in front of a packed house?

"It is really important to us as a team, for us to continue to push and win games, the fan support is really important, and we are thankful for all the fan and continue to come out and help us and be the extra help out on the field."

How do you feel about playing well on both sides of the ball?

"I try my best every game I play to contribute to the team, and win because it gets competitive, so you have to play good or you'll sit on the bench so every game I try to get my best and tonight I think I did well."

 

Thomas Amang
How does it feel scoring your first goal in front of the fans at home?

"It feels great, because I was running for it, so I was looking forward to stepping out and getting my first goal here in this environment. It is new for me, so I am getting used to everything, and I am hoping for more."

On his goal tonight:
"It was a great pass from Andre, so he knows when this kind of situation I am going to make the run so he gave it to me, so I make one touch and shoot straight so it was a good goal, and I was looking forward to it, and I was happy for it."

How does it feel getting 3 points on Austin Bold?

"It was important, for the standing to get a home playoff game. It was really, and we started off a bit sloppy and the beginning, so I tried to find a way to get back on track, so we did it and the most important thing was to get the 3 points and now we are looking forward to moving on and forgetting about this game and preparing for the next one."

 

Game Statistics

  • Man of the Match// Triston Hodge
  • Scoring Summary// COS: Barry (22' - PK), Hodge (38'), Amang (40'), Ngalina (90+1')  | ATX: Baez (15')
  • Saves// COS: Rodriguez (3) | ATX: Panicco (5)
  • Discipline// COS: YC: Zandi (45+2'), Torres (90+3') | ATX: YC: Soto (22'), Sarkodie (62'), Okugo (82')