Frater’s ninth puts Switchbacks in sight of play-offs

October 02, 2017
Canada's Michael Petrasso (left) is taken down by Jamaica's Cory Burke during a 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal match. (AP Photo)
Jamaican forward Kevaughn Frater.
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NEW YORK (CMC):

Jamaican Kevaughn Frater scored his ninth goal of the season as Colorado Springs Switchbacks beat Orange County SC 2-1 on Saturday, to keep alive their hopes of a spot in the playoffs of the United Soccer League.

Playing at home at Weidner Field, the Switchbacks took the lead against the run of play in the 22nd minute when Taesong Kim headed in Masta Kacher's corner kick.

Six minutes later, the 22-year-old Frater doubled the home side's lead when he clinically finished off a fluid counter-attack.

Switchbacks held the two-goal cushion at half-time but watched as the visitors hit back 10 minutes following the resumption when Irvin Parra's header from Rodrigo Pacheco's right-sided corner, found its target.

Goalkeeper Charlie Lyon then made two outstanding saves from Frater in the 72nd minute to preserve the scoreline but Orange County failed to find the equaliser.

The victory was the 11th of the season for the Switchbacks who are just outside the playoff zone in ninth in the Western conference on 38 points.

On Wednesday, Jamaican Cory Burke was also on target, scoring for Bethlehem Steel in a 2-2 draw with Tampa Bay Rowdies at home at Goodman Stadium.

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