Monarchs fall to most familiar foe Switchbacks, 2-1

June 13th, 2015 | by Sean Walker

Real Monarchs SLC dropped another road match, 2-1 to Rocky Mountain rivals Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Saturday night in the Denver area.

Max Rauhofer scored the lone goal for the Monarchs (1-7-5, 12th in West), his sixth of the year. Rauhofer’s goal, which came from the penalty spot, has his tied for fourth place in USL play — and five fewer goals than most of his co-scorers.

(Rob Gray/Monarchs Media)

Real Monarchs forward Max Rauhofer, shown celebrating with teammate Lucas Baldin, scored his team-high sixth goal of the season in a 2-1 loss at Colorado Springs. (Rob Gray/Monarchs Media)

Luke Vercollone helped the Switchbacks (7-5-0, 5th in West) strike first, nodding home a rebound after Monarchs goalkeeper Eric Osswald had made a save just seconds and the hosts went up 1-0.

Colorado Springs added to its tally at the half-hour mark. Shintaro Harada blistered a shot from outside the box and into the upper 90 to give the Switchbacks a 2-0 lead.

Real Monarchs came back at the death of the first half, with  Rauhofer putting away a goal from the penalty spot in first-half stoppage time. The Uruguayan stepped to the spot and put his penalty away — then had to do it again when the goal was called back for interference, a feat he obliged to do.

The Monarchs came out with fire in the second half, and appeared destined to find the equalizer — especially when Rauhofer slammed the ball and booted it away for a yellow card after he was converged upon and didn’t get what he felt was a foul in the 72nd minute.

Salt Lake City even mixed things up and put in a three-defender formation, taking off Michigan product Tyler Arnone in favor of extra forward Leon Brown in the 75th minute as the Monarchs “threw everything but the kitchen sink at them,” according to head coach Freddy Juarez.

The Monarchs were looking for their third-straight result after back-to-back draws against Sacramento Republic FC and Vancouver Whitecaps 2 on consecutive weeks.

SLC returns to USL play June 25 at Seattle Sounders 2, followed by a quick turnaround at Arizona United SC on June 27.

Sean Walker

Sean Walker

Salt City FC editor-in-chief Sean Walker has been covering soccer at all levels since 2007. He began his career in Las Vegas, and has since written for publications from the Intermountain West to Central New York, where he attended graduate school in 2012. Currently, Sean covers Real Salt Lake and Major League Soccer for A struggling Evertonian by birth, Sean follows European soccer through the blue lens of the Toffees, and has strong feelings toward the UEFA Europa League.

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