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Colorado Springs Switchbacks goalie Moise Pouaty continues to improve

July 7, 2017 Updated: July 7, 2017 at 6:10 pm
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Multiple soccer saves can be looked at two ways: either the defense is letting up a lot of shots or the goalie plays position well and makes the saves.

For Colorado Springs Switchbacks goalie, Moise Pouaty, it is a little bit of both.

"(Pouaty) is a very athletic keeper and he has kept us in a lot of games with some acrobatic saves," coach Steve Trittschuh said. "Some saves we are like 'How did he do that?' But we have to be better defensively and then he will be even better than he is right now."

Pouaty is second in the United Soccer League with 49 saves. That is two behind league leader, Portland Timber 2's Kendall McIntosh. According to Pouaty, he is just doing his job and teammates deserve most of the credit.

While Pouaty has been a brick wall for the Switchbacks this season, he never thought in his wildest dreams he would be where he is today when he started his soccer career.

"I was a forward," Pouaty said. "I had a coach in Cameroon who told me I should play goalie. When I started to play goalie, my career started to move forward in the right direction. There are so many good players playing forward. But if you are goalie and you are good, you just go up the ladder."

Before joining Colorado Springs, Pouaty spent time in Belgium training with the Cameroon national team.

Although Pouaty has been one of the better USL goalies this year, he rarely hears congratulations from people. He mostly hears "sorry."

"Goalie is very difficult," Pouaty said. "You have to control everything. If you are not in the game mentally, your team is already out. If you don't have a good goalie, it's very difficult. When we lose, everybody comes up to me and says sorry because it's my fault if we lose."

Last weekend, Pouaty was hearing a lot of sorrys after Colorado Springs lost 1-0 to Rio Grande Valley.

In the loss to Rio Grande Valley, Trittschuh saw a lot of similarities to the Switchbacks early season loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps 2, which is Colorado Springs' opponent at 6 p.m. Saturday at Weidner Field.

"The game in Vancouver, it was one of those games that we did play really well and we came off the field trying to figure out how we lost," Trittschuh said. "That's kind of the same way with Rio Grande Valley last week. Looking back on the film, we played decent. If you have 15 shots, you have to at least put one in the goal. That's what we have been working on this week, working on finishing off our chances and keeping solid defensively."

The Switchbacks lost 3-1 to the Whitecaps. Allowing Vancouver to score three goals has left a bad taste in Pouaty's mouth.

"This Saturday we got to make it happen," Pouaty said on how big this game is for him and his teammates.

Since the loss to the Whitecaps, Pouaty has continually improved. His improvement may make or break Colorado Springs' chances to rectify its early season loss.

"Communication and positioning," Trittschuh said on where Pouaty is improving. "More games will help him. Just keep getting him in games and hopefully he won't have to face as many shots.

"(Pouaty) has a lot of ceiling. He is still young. You can see when he first came over to now, his growth has been tremendous. If he can keep doing that, then who knows where he will be."

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