Monarchs GameDay: SLC side can’t conquer snow, Switchbacks in 5-2 loss

April 17th, 2015 | by Sean Walker

Real Monarchs SLC are still looking for their first win of their inaugural season in 2015, taking a 5-2 road loss to Colorado Springs in a game played through blizzard-like, white-out conditions for the first 20 minutes of the second half.

The Monarchs struggled through the early part of the game, and the Switchbacks took a 3-1 lead into the halftime break after Miguel Gonzalez opened the scoring just 12 minutes into the match. The SLC side equalized through Eti Tavares less than five minutes later — but the Switchbacks quickly buried the first half behind goals from Saeed Robinson and Luke Vercollone.

New signing Max Rauhofer pulled the visitors within a goal with seven minutes left in regulation, winning a ball in the air and bringing it down to guide it in the back of the net to nip the advantage at 3-2.

But the final 10 minutes of the match was all Switchbacks — the  home side converted on another penalty through Vercollone, then added a goal from Marty Maybin to secure Colorado Springs’ second-straight win over its Rocky Mountain rival.

 

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 KSL.com. 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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