El Paso Locomotive FC (West-7, 12-13-8, 43 points) came back against Charleston Battery in a dramatic 3-2 win on Saturday night at Southwest University Park, picking up a massive three points in its 2023 postseason pursuit.
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Though Charleston opened the match with clearer chances (including a missed penalty attempt denied by the woodwork), midfielder Petar Petrovic would open the scoring for El Paso in the 33′, dribbling past his defender to beat Charleston keeper Trey Muse at the near post.
Charleston’s leading goal-scorer Augustine Williams would equalize five minutes later to bring things level at the end of the first half. The Battery would then take the lead in the 71′, putting El Paso in front of an uphill battle.
Locomotive were not discouraged and picked up the intensity, determined to get the three points. Minutes after Battery equalized, forward Emmanuel Sonupe would strike the ball into the bottom corner to bring Locomotive level and midfielder Eric Calvillo would follow up in the 84′ to reclaim the lead.
El Paso would hold out for the remaining minutes to pick up a massive three points, launching Los Locos back over the playoff line and recording its first home win since June 14, a 2-1 win against Las Vegas Lights FC (also a comeback win).
Locomotive now face a quick turnaround on Wednesday, October 4 against San Diego Loyal SC, its final home match of the 2023 regular season.
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