Colorado Springs, Colorado (Sunday, June 26, 2016) – Real Monarchs defeated Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at Switchbacks Stadium on Sunday afternoon. MF Elder Torres scored the lone goal for the Monarchs, giving them the 1-0 victory as GK Lalo Fernandez also picked up a clean sheet for his fourth shutout of the season.
The match got underway quickly with both teams battling to gain tempo for their side. With several deadly shots triggered from Colorado, the Monarchs reacted swiftly and gained possession for much of the match.
In just the 24th minute of play, Torres scored the lone goal for the Monarchs. DF Emilio Orozco took a long freekick from the Monarchs’ defensive line that popped right in front of Torres. With a couple Colorado defenders on him, Torres fought to get a foot on the ball, where it rolled into the back of the net. Torres’ goal stood to be the only goal of the game but not without competition.
Colorado Springs came out strong in the second half of play. The Switchbacks had numerous shots on goal that tested Fernandez. Minutes into the second half, Fernandez made the save of the game and kept the Monarchs victory alive. A shot was fired just inside the 18 and right on target. Blinded by his own teammates defending, Fernandez was forced to make a quick deflection to save the goal.
In the 69th minute of play, Colorado Springs went down to 10 men after Switchback’s DF Chris Ibeagha received a red card after committing a hard foul on Monarch’s MF Ricardo Velazco. As tempers boiled, the remaining minutes of the match were chaos. In just the final minutes of play, a couple cards were given out, including a red to Real Monarchs DF Tyler Arnone. Following the card, a penalty kick was awarded to Colorado Springs for a possible equalizer, but Fernandez came up with the save to preserve the shutout victory.
The Real Monarchs will face Colorado Springs again this Wednesday. This match was rescheduled due to bad weather conditions back in April.
GAME NOTES – RMvsCSS
- DF Tyler Arnone received two yellow cards to earn his ejection on Sunday. He will miss Wednesday’s match along with Kevaughn Frater. Frater received his 5th yellow of the season and will sit out the upcoming game.
- Monarchs hand Colorado Springs their first loss on their home field this season.
REAL MONARCHS 1-0 COLORADO SPRINGS SWITCHBACKS FC
SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2016
Goals by Period 1 2 F
Real Monarchs 1 0 1
Colorado Switchbacks FC 0 0 0
RM: Elder Torres (Emilio Orozco) 24’
COL: Rony Argueta (Caution;Foul) 19’
RM: Emilio Orozco (Caution; Foul) 26’
COL: Taeseong Kim (Caution; Foul) 41’
COL: Chris Ibeagha (Ejection; Foul) 69’
RM: Tyler Arnone (Caution; Foul) 72’
RM: Kevaughn Frater (Caution; Foul) 76’
RM: Tyler Arnone (Caution; Foul) 90’
RM: Tyler Arnone (Ejection; Second Caution)
Real Monarchs (4-2-3-1): Lalo Fernandez; Tyler Arnone, Emilio Orozco, Darion Copeland, Max Lachowecki; Amass Amankona (James Moberg 81’), Alec Sundly; Elder Torres (Jonny Caparelli 90’), Maikon Orellana, Ricardo Velazco (Edgar Duran 85’); Kevaughn Frater (Colin Rolfe 78’)
Substitutes not used: Connor Sparrow, Eti Tavares, Andrew Brody
Colorado Springs FC (4-2-3-1): Dovala Gorrick; Jordan Burt, Chris Ibeagha, JJ Greer, Josh Sugg (Davy Armstrong 63’); Rony Argueta, Taeseong Kim (Marty Maybin 39’), Luke Vercollone; Mike Seth, Saeed Robinson, Miguel Gonzalez
Substitutes not used: Billy Thompson, Nate Robinson, Aaron King, Jake Cawsey, Taewoo Kim
Referee: C. Delagadillo
Assistant Referees: Adam Finney, M. Urbina-Barrios
Fourth Official: Robert Keiffer
Weather: 82 and Sunny