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Gonzalez Leads Switchbacks to Preseason Win
Release: 03/12/2016
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USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Saturday, March 12, 2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Miguel Gonzalez had a goal and assist as Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC took a 3-2 victory against the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs on Saturday afternoon at Switchbacks Stadium.

The Switchbacks took an early lead in the 13th minute as Gonzalez linked up with 2015 USL Most Valuable Player finalist Luke Vercollone, and the veteran midfielder slotted home his finish. Five minutes later, Mike Seth added a second as he put away the rebound from a shot.

The Mountain Lions hit back in the 21st minute when Jake McAllister pushed down the left and centered a cross that Josh Berntsson headed down into the corner of the net. The Switchbacks restored their two-goal before the halftime break, however, as Gonzalez fired home a finish into the bottom-left corner of the net with 11 minutes to go in the half.

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The Mountain Lions pulled within a goal just before the hour-mark as a foul saw them awarded a penalty kick that Blake Barnes converted. Both teams had chances in the final half-hour as the Switchbacks made eight substitutions, and one of those in goalkeeper Billy Thompson had to be sharp late on the keep the side’s lead.

“We got a good result today,” said Gonzalez. “The goal was good for me, I missed a few passes in the beginning but I think the goal really helped me out.”

The Switchbacks will now  head to California for a week of training that will also see them take on the PDL’s Ventura County Fusion and USL Western Conference rivals Orange County Blues FC and the LA Galaxy II to conclude their preseason.

“I’m happy with the performance of the majority of the guys,” said Switchbacks Head Coach Steve Trittschuh. “We have this whole week in California and we’ll sort out what we need to improve.”

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