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Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC Score Three in Home Win to Extend Unbeaten Run to Five Games

By Cody Costra, 09/25/21, 10:45PM MDT


Colorado Springs, CO (September 25, 2021) – The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC extend their unbeaten run to five games with a 3-1 win over Austin Bold FC at Weidner Field on Saturday night.

The Switchbacks got on the board early in the 8th minute as nice build-up play from the hosts got the ball out to Sebastian Anderson and he whipped in an inch-perfect cross that Deshane Beckford headed inside the left post.

After a controversial handball call on top of the penalty area, Bold FC scored an equalizer when Xavier Baez hit a powerful shot low to the bottom left corner of the goal. 

Hadji Barry scored his 24th goal of the season late in the second half when Anderson played in another cross and Barry was composed to take a touch across an onrushing defender and blasted a low shot into the back of the net. This goal moves Barry within one goal of the USL Championship's single season goal scoring record with an eye on breaking it next Saturday.

The Switchbacks added a third goal eight minutes from full time as Beverly Makangila headed the ball forward with his first touch of the game and a soft back pass was intercepted by Andre Lewis who clipped his finish by the onrushing goalkeeper.

The Switchbacks' three goals tonight moved the team to 55 goals on the season, setting a new record for the club in only 26 games and the three points moved the Switchbacks back into second place in the Mountain Division.

The Switchbacks return to Weidner Field on October 2nd to take on El Paso Locomotive FC for Free Underwear Night, with the first 1,000 fans receiving a free pair of underwear, courtesy of Sheath. Tickets are available HERE

Post-Game Quotes

Brendan Burke - Head Coach

Overall thoughts on the game
" I'm happy again. I mean we're really starting to turn the screws at home and perform when it matters. We're in the home stretch of the season and we know we only have three games left at home, unless we can scare up that home playoff game, which I mean, that would just be unbelievable based on when we came in February and where the mentality of the club was. And you know our front office and our ownership deserve so much credit for putting us in a position with this stadium and this environment because it gives us a ton of energy to push through moments when maybe we're not playing our best soccer, but we fight through those moments now and I wouldn’t have said that early in the season." 

On the difference in mentality in the Switchbacks from two years ago to now:
"Talent and mentality. If you have those two things you can beat any one at any level. Talent and mentality, it's all about the players, we give them a few ideas throughout the week but, Hadji [Barry] scored 24 goals now, is that right? There's not much you can say about that. That’s back to Cameron Lancaster and Lousiville back when they were absolutely dominant, so to have a guy like that in that kind of form and also that humble and unselfish, his teammates have be really happy to be around a guy like that. But on the flip side they’ve also supported his run to this number, and our style of play is hard, it involves a ton of running on both sides of the ball, and you watch a guy like [Zach] Zandi come in tonight - no one will talk about him after this game and no one will give him team of the week, but he's a guy I trust implicitly and we put him in and he did so much dirty running and scrapping and just putting his body in places that made it difficult for them to find a flow. That is just as important as those twenty-four goals. There's a lot of guys doing work like that."

On keeping up the team's mentality during a chippy game:
" I mean you go back to New Mexico in New Mexico when we lost three to one down there the first time, and Seb [Sebastian Anderson] kind of fish hooked a guy and got tossed. We were killing them in that game, but we got a rush of blood to the head, but we're maturing now, and all I said at half time, honestly I must have said discipline thirteen times, and the guys showed it in spades - they moved their feet, and they still competed hard in those 50-50 moments, so I walk away really happy with the way the group is maturing not just playing."

Sebastian Anderson 

On being consistent in getting assists during games:
"All kudos to the runners in the box. They're the ones that put it away, but when I get the ball early I pick my head up, and everyone knows I can whip a ball in, so the runs come and when there's a quality run I can pick them out, and that’s what happened twice tonight."


On the team participation of the first goal:
"I mean it started initially with Becky [Deshane Beckford] and Hadji [Barry] on the left side, they swung around and opened up and got it and then Becky made a darting run in behind and I just whipped it right on his head and put it away."

Andre Lewis

On the importance of three points tonight:
"As coach would say, win the series. So it's huge. We will win the series and we will take it and move on. We have a huge game coming up and it [the result] can take us ahead in the series and we are home. So as a coach would say, finish the series, and that’s something we did as a team tonight and we get the result."

On his thoughts during his goal this evening against Austin: 
"I mean I was working and I saw the chance coming, there was one chance earlier, but last second I heard Hadji [Barry] and I switched my mind off to pass it, but that one [the goal] came and I mean I saw the ball and I was telling myself I have to get there, I need to get there, so I got there and I scored and I'm happy."

Game Statistics

  • Man of the Match// Sebastian Anderson
  • Scoring Summary// COS: Beckford (8'), Barry (41'), Lewis (83') | ATX: Baez (17')
  • Saves// COS: Melvin (2) | ATX: Panicco (5)
  • Discipline// COS: YC: Mayaka (19'), Zandi (90+3'), Hodge (90+4') | ATX: YC: Soto (21'), Okugo (26'), Ciss (29'), Guadarrama (90+2'), Diof (90+4')