Wet conditions at soaked Weidner Field were not about to stop the Switchbacks from a needed victory.
As the final whistle blew Saturday, Colorado Springs players and coaches breathed a sigh of relief as the Switchbacks defeated the Seattle Sounders FC 2, 2-1. With that, Colorado Springs got back into the win column after a four-game skid (three losses and one tie).
“The W is good,” coach Steve Trittschuh said. “It is just that the process of getting there was harder than it should have been. (The Switchbacks) controlled the first half and coming out during the second half we were flat.”
During the 51st minute, Seattle’s Zach Mathers lined up 2-3 yards outside of the left-hand side of the box. He struck the ball, and blasted it into the net to cut Colorado Springs’ lead to one. As Trittschuh put it, that was a goal that should not have gotten by goalie Moise Pouaty.
“We let them back into the game,” Trittschuh said.
Despite letting the Sounders FC 2 back in, Trittschuh was pleased with his squad’s performance. And he got some crucial scores from unlikely players.
Forward Jack Jones typically plays the substitute role. But against Seattle, he got the start due to Kevaughn Frater being suspended because of receiving two yellow cards.
Jones made the most of his opportunity.
Fellow forward Masta Kacher lined up for a corner kick in the left-hand corner during the 33rd minute. When Kacher crossed it into the box, Jones got a piece of it with his head and so did Seattle’s Francisco Narbon, who put it off the Seattle goalie’s hands for an own goal.
“Jack had a fantastic game,” Trittschuh said.
Jones’ header play would be the difference in the game, as it led to Colorado Springs’ second goal.
While Jones played a crucial part in the Switchbacks victory, so did Kacher.
Kacher assisted on Colorado Springs’ first goal. And he had to tight rope the end line to make that assist.
“First of, I got the ball off my chest and beat the defender down the sideline,” Kacher said. “When I got into the box, I knew there would be a lot of players in front of the goal. So, I didn’t see him, but automatically, I knew that if I cut the ball back it’s more dangerous.”
That him would be forward Shane Malcolm.
Kacher came down the left-hand side of the end line and once he got a couple of yards away from the goal post, he passed the ball into the middle of the box. With that pass, Malcolm took one hit and put it into the back of the net during the 21st minute.
“It’s huge for us,” Kacher said of the victory. “We have been looking for that. We have been through a lot of hard situations and hard games. But we knew that at the beginning of the game, when we play at home, it comes to our pride. So, today, we won our one-on-one battles. We just started huge at the beginning of the game. Very intense. Got our goals and got the win.”
While the Switchbacks were all smiles after the win, they are focused on next week’s game.
“The game was harder than it should have been,” Trittschuh said. “We need to keep going. That is a good confidence builder going into next week. So, we will take the three points.”