The Switchbacks rallied from a two-goal deficit to earn a tie, but still weren't happy with the result.
"A little frustrated," said Colorado Springs captain Rony Argueta said after Saturday night's 2-2 tie against Vancouver.
According to Switchbacks coach Steve Trittschuh, something happened to his team's intensity between the warm-ups and the start of the contest.
"It wasn't good enough," Trittschuh said of his team's first-half performance.
As Argueta put it, Colorado Springs' came out really slow, even though it had some early scoring chances.
As the half progressed, the life the Switchbacks showed faded. And that life took a big hit when they were called for a penalty in the box in the 38 minute.
Vancouver would go to convert the penalty kick by Marco Busto.
That wasn't the only damaging factor.
The Switchbacks looked decimated after the Whitecaps 2 scored with a header off the post in the 43 minute by Thomas Sanner.
"I felt the first half we were getting knocked down and not doing anything about it," Argueta said. "If we would have come out with the energy we did in the second half, we would have crushed them."
After halftime, Trittschuh made a tactical decision and decided to substitute Shane Malcolm for Kevaughn Frater. The reasoning behind putting in Frater because Colorado Springs wanted to press up higher and they needed life.
That decision paid dividends.
Within the first of the second half, the Switchbacks scored via Masta Kacher. Then 10 minutes later, Colorado Springs converted on a free kick by Kevaughn Frater to tie the score.
"That's the way we have to come out every game," Argueta said.
Trittschuh would take Colorado Springs second half performance any night. However, the Switchbacks know they can't wait for 45 minutes to have that type of outing.
"It shouldn't take us, especially at home, going down goals to get back into the game," Trittschuh said. "We have to figure that out."
Colorado Springs will have a week to figure out how to consistently play for 90 minutes as they prepare for the Phoenix Rising FC. But Argueta might have an early lead on figuring out the formula.
"It comes from the group," Argueta said. "Not one or two guys can just do it. It has to be everyone."
Switchbacks goalie Moise Pouaty finished with two saves.