Real Monarchs Split 2-2 Draw with Austin Bold FC

HERRIMAN, Utah (Wednesday, October 16, 2019) – Real Monarchs SLC (15-10-8, 53 points) split the points with Austin Bold FC after a 2-2 draw at Zions Bank Stadium in front of 1,503 fans on Wednesday night.
FW Julian Vazquez tallied his first professional goal in the 5th minute while FW Kyle Coffee scored his second goal in as many games.
Post-Game Quotes from SLC v OC
The Monarchs got a dream start to the match as DF Kalen Ryden sent a long ball upfield where Vazquez picked up the ball. With time and space, Vazquez beat Bold FC goalkeeper Diego Restrepo at the far post in the 5th minute. While the Monarchs kept pressure through the first half, Austin Bold FC found an equalizer quickly in the 18th minute as Ema Twumasi slipped in a shot at the near the post. While the Monarchs had a penalty kick opportunity to take regain the lead, Restrepo was able to make the save and at the teams entered the locker room with a goal apiece.
Coffee put the Monarchs in the lead again at the 55th minute when he dribbled around a crowded penalty area to open space and take a shot that Restrepo got a touch to but ultimately wasn’t able to keep out.  The lead was short lived and just two minutes later, André Lima flicked in a header within six-yards of goal. Both sides fought for the game-winner as the match turned heated, as Bold FC’s Kléber earned a red card in the 86th minute, leaving the Monarchs with a man-advantage. Real Monarchs pressed in the dying moments but couldn’t find the back of the net and split the points at Zions Bank Stadium.

UP NEXT: Real Monarchs SLC remains at home to host Sacramento Republic FC in its 2019 regular season finale. The contest is scheduled for Saturday, October 19 with an afternoon kick of 1:00 p.m. MT at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman.

SLC: Julian Vazquez, 5th minute: Kalen Ryden started off the attack from the back with a long ball over the top where a Bold FC defender got a touch with his head, but Vazquez was quick to recover. With the ball at his feet and space ahead of him, Vazquez went one-on-one with the goalkeeper and slotted a shot into the far post for a dream start.

AUS: Ema Twumasi (André Lima), 18th minute: In a similar fashion to the first goal, a play that came from the backline fell near the middle of the pitch where Lima took one touch to keep the ball in the air and get over the Monarchs defense. Twumasi slid into the gaps and with time and space ran the ball to cooly convert for the equalizer.

SLC: Kyle Coffee (Steve Jasso), 55th minute: Picking up the pass from Steve Jasso, Coffee dribbled through traffic at the top of the box before he was able to create an opening to take a chance towards goal. Coffee found the shot which Restrepo got a touch to, but it wasn’t enough as the ball found the back of the net.

AUS: André Lima (Sean McFarlane), 57th minute: Under pressure, McFalane ran the ball along the end line before quickly sending the ball just in front of the net. Lima was the first to get to the ball, and flicked the header in towards goal to once again level out the scoring.

AUS: Diego Restrepo, 24th minute: After being taken down in the penalty area, Jack Blake stepped up to the penalty spot that he blasted down the middle. Initially, Restrepo began to dive to the left and fell low for Blake’s high shot, but he reached out a hand and protected the net with a huge deflection.

- Midfielder Ricardo Avila (ankle) and Defender James Moberg (hamstring) out of action due to injury. Defender Konrad Plewa also missed tonight’s action due to a red card suspension.

- FW Julian Vazquez’s goal marked his first professional, becoming the 21st player to score for the Monarchs in 2019.

- With the draw, Real Monarchs remain in a tight race for 4th in the West. A win or a draw on Saturday against Sacramento will clinch at least one home match for the club in the Championship Playoffs, while a loss and results elsewhere could still secure the 4th spot. The match will be broadcast live nationally on ESPN3.

Match: Real Monarchs SLC vs Austin Bold FC
Date: October 16, 2019
Venue: Zions Bank Stadium
Attendance: 1,503
Weather: 62 Degrees and Partly Cloudy

Scoring Summary                           1       2       F
Real Monarchs SLC                          1      1       2
Austin Bold FC                                  1      1       2
SLC – Julian Vazquez, 5’
AUS – Ema Twumasi (André Lima), 18’
SLC – Kyle Coffee (Steve Jasso), 55’
AUS – André Lima (Sean McFarlane) 57’

Real Monarchs SLC (4-2-3-1): Andrew Putna; Erik Holt, Kalen Ryden, Noah Powder, Steve Jasso, Luke Mulholland, Luis Arriaga (Sam Brown, 68’), Maikel Chang, Jack Blake, Julian Vazquez (Tate Schmitt, 83’), Douglas Martinez (Kyle Coffee, 46’)

Subs not used: Evan Finney, Luis Palma, Jordan Pena, Damian German

Austin Bold FC (3-4-2-1): Diego Restrepo; Gustavo Rissi, Jermaine Taylor, Sean McFarlane, Josué Soto (Demar Phillips, 56’), Thomas de Villardi (Edson Braafheid, 72’), Xavier Báez, Calum Mallace (Kris Tyrpak, 56’), Kléber, André Lima, Ema Twumasi

Subs not used: George Acosta, Jorge Troncoso, Francis Atuahene, Juan Ramírez

Stats Summary: SLC/AUS
Shots: 15 / 9
Shots on Goal: 6 / 2
Saves: 0 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 3  
Fouls: 12 / 12
Offside: 0 / 2

AUS – Sean McFarlane (Caution), 23’
AUS – Gustavo Rissi (Caution), 45’
AUS – Josué Soto (Caution) 52’
AUS – Kléber (Ejection) 86’
SLC – Kalen Ryden (Caution) 90’+3

Referee: Greg Dopka
Assistant Referees: Shane Kennard, Matthew Seem
4th Official: German Hortal