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Switchbacks Score Late To Continue Preseason Success

By sbadmin, 03/08/16, 7:00PM MST

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By Joel Huber

(GOLDEN, CO, March 8, 2016) The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC traveled to Golden, Colorado early Tuesday night to face the Colorado School of Mines men’s soccer team in a preseason friendly.

A scrappy first half led to both teams having a couple of opportunities but neither team being able to capitalize. Luke Vercollone and Martin Maybin both had their fair share of opportunities but after the first fourty five minutes, the teams were scoreless at the halftime whistle.

The Switchbacks picked up the intensity early in the second half with a few more shots on goal but still weren’t able to capitalize. School of Mines had their fair share of attempts as well and nearly took the lead but Devala Gorrick was able to make a few key saves.

Finally in the 82nd minute, Nate Robinson fired a rocket from about 25 yards to beat the keeper to his right. It would only take three more minutes to double the lead as Saeed Robinson was able to break down the left side and find Martin Maybin (returning as a substitute in the 65th minute) outside the box, who struggled to settle the ball at first before rocketing the ball above the keeper from just outside the box.

Devala Gorrick played a full 90 minutes for the first time this preseason and with the assistance of his backline was able to keep the team’s first shutout of the preseason.

“We started out slow,” said Maybin “but we picked up the intensity in the second half and got another result.”

“I wish we would have scored more goals,” said head coach Steve Trittschuh, “but we were still able to get another result. I think we’re gonna be happy to return home on Saturday to a grass field and a home crowd.”

The Switchbacks return to Switchbacks Stadium on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. for their only home match of the preseason. They will be facing the local, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Tickets for the match are only $5. Season Ticket Members can contact the front office for complimentary tickets matching the number of season tickets per account. For more information please contact the Switchbacks ticket staff at 719-368-8480×1.