Kovar PK conversion gives S2 first USL win of 2016

700px-seattle_sounders_fc_2-svgTUKWILA, WA— (club release) Aaron Kovar netted the match’s lone goal in the first half as Seattle Sounders FC 2 (1-3-1, 4 points) earned its first win of the season versus Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (2-1-0, 6 points) on Sunday evening at Starfire Stadium. The contest marks the end of a five-game homestand for the Rave Green, who play their next fixture on the road against Real Monarchs SLC on Tuesday, April 26.

(Cover photo from Facebook / Nicole Olson)

In the 27th minute, S2 midfielder Zach Mathers earned a penalty after a reckless challenge from Switchbacks FC’s Josh Phillips. The following minute, Kovar slotted the game-winner to the bottom left corner of the net.

For the rest of the match, Seattle’s backline – which featured First Team players Oniel Fisher and Tony Alfaro, Nouhou Tolo in his second start and 2016 MLS SuperDraft selection Michael Nelson in his USL debut – kept Switchbacks FC’s attack at bay. In the 43rdminute, Seattle goalkeeper Tyler Miller made a quick reactionary save from close range. The second-year pro from Northwestern prevented another dangerous attack in the 84th minute when he caught a free-kick service on his line. He ended the match with six saves.

Also of note, Homegrown Player Jordan Schweitzer made his professional debut in the midfield in the 72nd minute.

With the homestand wrapped up, S2’s next match is set for April 26 at 6:00 p.m. PT against Real Monarchs SLC in the club’s first road contest of the season. S2 Flex Plans are available now. For a cost of $100, choose any eight combinations for all remaining S2 home matches. Additional information on the S2 Flex Plan, season tickets, group tickets or single-match options, can be found via: http://www.SoundersFC.com/S2/Tickets.

MATCH SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 2 | 1-0 | Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Sunday, April 17, 2016

Venue: Starfire Stadium
Referee: Jeff Arthurholtz
Assistants: Joshua Haimes, Juan Escobar
Fourth Official: Benjamin Oakley
Weather: Partly cloudy and 72 degrees

SCORING SUMMARY

SEA – Kovar (penalty) 28′

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

SEA – Tony Alfaro (caution) 15′
COS – Miguel Gonzalez (caution) 60′
SEA – Devon Fisher (caution) 85′

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC 2 – Tyler Miller, Oniel Fisher, Michael Nelson, Tony Alfaro, Nouhou Tolo, Nathan Sturgis (Jordan Schweitzer 72′), Mark O’Ojong, Zach Mathers (Michael Farfan 62′); Andy Craven (Carlos Patino 76′), Victor Mansaray (Devon Fisher 83′), Aaron Kovar (Myron Samuel 62′)

Substitutes not used: Charlie Lyon, Emir Alihodzic
Total shots: 13
Shots on goal: 6
Fouls: 11
Offside: 4
Corner-kicks: 2
Saves: 6

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC – Devala Gorrick; Jordan Burt, Josh Phillips, Christian Ibeagha, Josh Suggs, Rony Argueta (JJ Greer 90′); Taeseong Kim (Saeed Robinson 58′); Luke Vercollone, Miguel Gonzalez, Mike Seth (Aaron King 83′), Marty Maybin

Substitutes: William Thompson, Davy Armstrong, Jake Cawsey, Shintaro Harada

Substitutes not used: Arturo Sanchez, Leo Ayala

Total shots: 18
Shots on goal: 6
Fouls: 13
Offside: 2
Corner-kicks: 5
Saves: 5

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