Real Monarchs Draw 3-3 with Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

SANDY, Utah (Saturday, July 18, 2020) – Real Monarchs drew 3-3 with regional rival Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Saturday afternoon, putting its first win of the 2020 season on hold.
Forward Kyle Coffee, midfielder Andrew Brody and defender Taylor Peay all notched goals for the Monarchs in the draw.
Postgame quotes from SLCvCOS.
The Monarchs started the match on the front foot, stretching the Switchbacks FC defense and earning five corners before breaking through for its first goal of the season in the 30th minute. Following a long throw-in from defender James Moberg, the ball bounced around the box before landing at the foot of Brody. Brody then tapped the ball to Coffee who found himself in space and fired the ball into the left side of the net.
With momentum on the Monarchs side, Powder stole possession with a tackle and quickly found Brody streaking down the right side of the pitch. Brody cut back to his left foot and buried the ball into the back of the net to double the 2-0 lead in the 40th minute. The flurry of action continued in added time as Powder’s effort to extend the lead was saved by Switchbacks FC goalkeeper Sean Melvin. Moments after the Monarchs almost scored their third and just seconds before the end of the half, Switchbacks FC midfielder Uvaldo Luna had his shot saved and awkwardly deflected up into the air by goalkeeper Jimmy Slayton. On its way back down defender Joan Cervos tapped the ball in from close range to cut the Monarchs lead in half, sending the sides into the break with a 2-1 scoreline.
In the 61st minute, the momentum would fall the Monarchs way and again Powder was involved when he fired a dangerous free kick into the box that found the head of Peay who flicked the ball back across goal and inside the far post for the 3-1 lead. Momentum through the remainder of the half went the way of the visitors and in the 89th minute, Austin Dewing stole possession deep in the home side’s half to force Slayton out of his goal before passing to Jordan Burt for the tap-in goal.
Ultimately completing the comeback, Colorado Springs earned one final corner kick in the 5th minute of added time and Abdul Rwatubyaye’s header found the back of the net as the match ended 3-3.
UP NEXT: Real Monarchs travel to Isotopes Park to take on New Mexico United on Wednesday, July 29.
SLC: Kyle Coffee (Andrew Brody), 30th minute: Midfielder Andrew Brody collected a long throw-in on the right side of the box before finding forward Kyle Coffee who buried the ball into the left side of the net.
SLC: Andrew Brody (Noah Powder), 40th minute: Following a tackle to take over possession in the Monarchs half, defender Noah Powder passed the ball ahead to Andrew Brody who cut back onto his left foot and fired a shot past the goalkeeper to double the lead.
COS: Joan Cervos, 45+3’: Right before the end of the half, Uvaldo Luna’s shot on goal was deflected straight up into the air by goalkeeper Jimmy Slayton before finding the foot of defender Joan Cervos on its way back down for the close-range goal.
SLC: Taylor Peay (Noah Powder), 61st minute: A freekick from the near touchline found the head of Taylor Peay who flicked the ball back across the goal and into the far post.
COS: Jordan Burt (Austin Dewing) 89th minute: Stealing possession just outside the box, Austin Dewing held up the ball to get goalkeeper Jimmy Slayton out of the frame before passing to Jordan Burt for the goal.
COS: Abdul Rwatubyaye (Luke Ferreira) 90+5’: Off of a Luke Ferreira corner kick, Abdul Rwatubyaye’s snap header found the back of the net.
  • It was the 14th meeting between the two sides with the Monarchs now boasting a 6-8-1 head-to-head record.
  • A limited number of fans were in attendance for the match.
  • Ricardo Avila made his return to the field after suffering a broken leg midway through the 2019 season. Avila came on as a second half substitute and played 10 minutes. 
Match: Real Monarchs vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Date: July 18, 2020
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Attendance: 505
Weather: Clear and 93 degrees
Scoring Summary:           1        2         F
Real Monarchs                   2        1         3
Switchbacks FC                  1        2         3
SLC: Kyle Coffee (Andrew Brody) 30’
SLC: Andrew Brody (Noah Powder) 40’
COS: Joan Cervos 45+3’
SLC: Taylor Peay (Noah Powder) 61’
COS: Jordan Burt (Austin Dewing) 89’
COS: Abdul Rwatubyaye (Luke Ferreira) 90+5’
Real Monarchs (4-4-2): Jimmy Slayton; Noah Powder, Taylor Peay, James Moberg, Andrew Brody (Nicolás Giménez, 90+2’); Bode Davis, Jack Blake, Sam Brown, Zack Farnsworth; Ryan Sierakowski (Dayonn Harris, 58’), Kyle Coffee (Ricardo Ávila, 81’)
Subs not used: Mirza Harambasic, Steve Jasso, Christopher Bermudez, Devin Vega
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (4-4-2): Sean Melvin; Joan Cervos, Arturo Diz Pe (Kris Reaves, 75’), Abdul Rwatubyaye, Jordan Burt; Uvaldo Luna (Mamadi Camara, 58’), Andre Lewis, Hiroki Kurimoto, George Lebese (Luke Ferreira, 82’); Aidan Daniels (Rony Argueta, 74’), Christian Volesky (Austin Dewing, 58’)
Subs not used: Abraham Rodriguez, Donovan Roux
Shots: 9 / 10
Shots on Goal: 5 / 6
Saves 3 / 1
Corner Kicks 6 / 4
Fouls: 15 / 13
Offside: 0 / 2
SLC – Zack Farnsworth (caution) 49’
COS – George Lebese (caution) 51’
COS – George Lebese (second caution/dismissal) 73’
COS – Abdul Rwatubyaye (caution) 90+5’
Referee: Michael Radchuk
Assistant Referees: Stephen McGonagle, Karsten Gillwald
4th Official: Jordan Downs