USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Sunday, February 28, 2016
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC took a second win in as many games this preseason on Saturday with a 2-1 victory against Air Force, as goals by Josh Suggs and Nate Robinson earned victory for the visitors at Cadet Soccer Stadium.
Playing at an even higher altitude than normal – Cadet Soccer Stadium sits at almost 7,300 feet, 800 feet higher than Switchbacks Stadium – the contest offered a chance for Coach Steve Trittschuh’s side to build up its fitness, as well as incorporate some of the new offseason additions into the lineup.
With it still being early in the preseason, though, the altitude took a toll on some of the players as the worked toward match fitness for the season opener four weeks from now.
“There were heavy legs, for sure,” Trittschuh said. “I told the players: Let’s get rid of this game, let’s use it and build on it. We lacked sharpness in the final third… We’ve got six more [preseason] games to build, and I’m happy because we’re ahead of where we were at this time last year. But we want more.”
“It’s tough up here – even higher than we are used to,” added Saeed Robinson. “We can do a lot better, as individuals and as a team, but it was good to play up here for sure.”
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The Switchbacks took the lead early on as newcomer Josh Suggs fired home a finish from outside the penalty area after a corner kick was only half-cleared, and the side had other chances to find the net as the first half wore on through Aaron King and Saeed Robinson. Trittschuh was disappointed with the goal the Switchbacks conceded, though, as the Falcons took advantage of a corner kick to level the score in the 11th minute.
“I’m unhappy at their goal coming off a re-start,” Trittschuh said. “We must improve our defending from set-plays.”
The Switchbacks retook the lead eight minutes into the second half, as Nate Robinson fired home a shot into the right corner after cutting in from the left. The goal was the high-point of a good performance from the 2013 USL Rookie of the Year after coming on as a halftime substitute.
The Falcons tried to find an equalizer late on, but goalkeeper Billy Thompson put in a good performance to keep his side ahead after coming on for Devala Gorrick at halftime. The Switchbacks will now look ahead to their next outing, which arrives next Saturday against CSU-Pueblo.“There are a lot of positives today,” Gorrick said. “We’re ahead of the game for this time of the preseason.”