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‘Wolverine’ Seth Shows Edge in Switchbacks’ Victory

By NICHOLAS MURRAY -, 09/04/16, 8:42AM EDT


Forward comes through on Superhero Night for Colorado Springs

Photo courtesy Isaiah J. Downing / Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – In the week leading up to Superhero Night at Switchbacks Stadium, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC forward Mike Seth was billed as the X-Men’s Wolverine.

With the side needing a boost in the race for playoff position against the LA Galaxy II on Saturday night, Seth came through with a pair of goals that paved the way to a 3-0 victory in front of a club record crowd of 4,112 fans.

“It was huge to get three points at home during this playoff push,” said Seth. “Coming back from injury, I wanted to get back to full strength. I had two great balls in from Saeed [Robinson] and Luke [Vercollone] to help me score my two goals.”

Seth had notched five goals and five assists so far this season, and returned to the starting lineup last week against Rio Grande Valley FC as he worked back from injury. He opened the scoring in the 10th minute after finding space in the penalty area to head home Robinson’s cross from the right.

Moments before halftime, Seth was again on the spot to put home a header from a corner by Vercollone from the left. With the Galaxy II looking to build on a good road win on Wednesday night in Arizona, the goal came at an ideal moment for the hosts to deflate Los Dos moments before the halftime whistle.

The Switchbacks were shorthanded through the suspensions of players Josh Phillips and Miguel Gonzalez and Head Coach Steve Trittschuh, but Colorado Springs assistant coach Wolde Harris gave Trittschuh credit for the performance. Vercollone’s goal just before the hour-mark off a cross by Jordan Burt wrapped up the win for the hosts, and put a bow on one of the Switchbacks’ most complete performances this season.

“I'm just relieved we came out and put in this kind of performance,” said Harris. “Tritt made up a great game plan. Everyone followed it and executed. We kept our shape defensively and waited for them to make a mistake and we attacked off the turnover in their end. Those final two goals all came off maintaining our shape.”

Now in third place in the Western Conference with three games to play, work remains for the Switchbacks to earn a home playoff game with a top-four finish. The side will now wait and see what happens in contests on Sunday involving OKC Energy FC and Monday for Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 to see where it stands ahead of its trip to Vancouver next Sunday.

On Superhero Night, though, Seth and the rest of the Switchbacks accomplished what they needed, saving the club’s chances of a home playoff contest in impressive fashion.

“The guys knew how important game this was for our chances at hosting a home playoff game,” Harris said. “I am happy we could get this win before such a big crowd.”

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