HERRIMAN, Utah (Friday, October 22, 2021) – Real Monarchs (5-18-7, 22 points) played to a 1-1 draw against Mountain Division opponent Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at Zions Bank Stadium.

Kyle Adams’ first goal as a member of the Real Monarchs was enough for a hard-earned point at home.

The match’s first action began with a foul at midfield in the 13th minute that led to midfielder Julio Benitez receiving a red card, leaving the Monarchs with 10 men the rest of the way. Colorado Springs saw its first good chance of the match in the 27th minute with a cross into the far post, but the shot missed wide. The Monarchs best chance of the half came in the 34th minute, but Max Mata’s left-footed shot from the top of the box was saved by the goalkeeper. In the 7th minute of added time a foul in the box led to Switchbacks FC being awarded a penalty, but goalkeeper Jeff Dewsnup denied Hadji Barry’s attempt with a dive to his right and the sides entered the break scoreless.

The Monarchs found the breakthrough in the 47th minute after Milan Iloski was awarded a free kick near the right side of the box. Iloski fired a cross towards Adams at the far post and the Monarchs defender tucked the ball into the back of the net to give the home side the 1-0 lead. Despite a hard-fought second half by the Monarchs, Colorado Springs stole a point with an equalizer in the 95th minute when Andre Lewis headed the ball over Dewsnup and into the back of the net to bring the score to 1-1 in the dying moments of the match.

UP NEXT: Real Monarchs welcome Rio Grande Valley FC for the final home match of the 2021 USL Championship regular season at Zions Bank Stadium on Wednesday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. MT. The match can be streamed on ESPN+ and the KSL TV app.

GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN:

SLC: Kyle Adams, 47th minute: Following a short corner from the right side of the 18-yard box, Milan Iloski fired a low cross aimed at the far post. Breaking free from the Switchbacks defensive line, Kyle Adams found himself open on the far post and tapped the ball into the back of the net.

COS: Andre Lewis (Matt Mahoney), 90’+5’: Just before the final whistle, Switchbacks FC defender Matt Mahoney sent a looping ball into the box from distance towards midfielder Andrew Lewis. The ball took a wicked bounce over the defender and Lewis headed the ball over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

NOTES:

- Goalkeeper Jeff Dewsnup recorded a career-high nine saves in the match, including a penalty save in the dying moments of the first half.

- Real Salt Lake Academy midfielder Jude Welings made the Monarchs bench for the first time in his young career.

- Head Coach Jamison Olave returned to the bench after missing the previous two matches due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

- Following last week’s match against Austin Bold FC, midfielder Bode Davis had his one-match suspension reversed and featured in the starting lineup for the Monarchs in the match.

- Goalkeeper Fernando Delgado missed tonight’s match after being ejected from the previous match against Austin Bold FC.

Match: Real Monarchs vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

Date: October 22, 2021

Venue: Zions Bank Stadium; Herriman, Utah

Weather: Mostly Clear and 63 degrees

Attendance: 1,818

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F 

Real Monarchs    0 1 1

Switchbacks FC 0 1 1

Lineups:

Real Monarchs (5-2-3): Jeffrey Dewsnup; Bode Davis, Kevin Saucedo, Kyle Adams, Jaziel Orozco, Malik Johnson; Bret Halsey, Julio Benitez; Leo Torres (Christian Nydegger, 23’), Max Mata (Daniel Flores, 87’), Milan Iloski

Subs not used: Jimmy Slayton, Timi Sobowale, Yekeson Subah, Josimar Quintero, Jude Wellings

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (3-5-2): Sean Melvin; Phillip Mayaka (Dantouma Toure, 62’), Jimmy Okford, Michael Edwards; Zachary Zandi (Andre Lewis, 68’); Triston Hodge (Matthew Mahoney, 83’), Deshane Beckford (Steven Echeverria, 83’), Jose Torres, Sebastian Anderson (Dillon Serna, 68’); Hadji Barry, Thomas Amang

Subs not used: Abraham Rodriguez, Beverly Makangila

STATS SUMMARY: SLC / COS

Shots: 11 / 28

Shots on Goal: 6 / 10

Saves: 9 / 5

Corner Kicks: 1 / 17

Fouls: 11 / 16

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY:

SLC – Kevin Saucedo (caution) 2’

SLC – Julio Benitez (dismissal) 13’

COS – Triston Hodge (caution) 46’

SLC – Jeff Dewsnup (caution) 75’

COS – Dantouma Toure (caution) 76’

SLC – Kyle Adams (caution) 90’+4’

COS – Andre Lewis (caution) 90’+5’

COS – Dantouma Toure (dismissal) 90’+5’

OFFICIALS:

Referee: John Matto

Assistant Referees: Karsten Gillwald, Cameron Siler

4th Official: Bennett Savage