Photo courtesy EP Locomotive FC
El Paso Locomotive (6-1-3, 21 points) picked up three points on the road against Real Monarchs, 3-1, on Friday night at Zions Bank Stadium. Forward Lucho Solignac opened the scoring, while Midfielder Diego Luna and Forward Aaron Gomez secured the win.
El Paso got off to a fast start, immediately putting pressure down on the Monarchs goal, showing its experience against a young squad. Defender Eder Borelli sent in a perfect pass to Solignac at the center of the box, who opened the scoring in the 9th minute.
Monarchs came back 10 minutes later with a counterattack through Briggs that leveled out the scoring. The first half remained a deadlock as both teams fought for possession and opportunities as Midfielder Dylan Mares had the best chance for the Boys in Blue with a shot that forced Monarchs ‘keeper Jeff Dewsnap into a diving save.
While the Monarchs applied pressure through the second half, in the end, it would be Locomotive that would run away with the victory. Gomez took a shot that was barely stopped by a Monarchs defender, but the expert follow-through from Luna provided the game-winning goal.
Gomez would earn his goal later in the dying moments, with pace to make himself wide open for a cross from Lucho. Taking the bounce off the pitch, Gomez headed the ball over Dewsnap, securing the 3-1 win for El Paso Locomotive.
UP NEXT: El Paso Locomotive returns to Southwest University Park, playing host to Las Vegas Lights FC on Saturday, July 17th. Fans will be turning the stadium blue with the first 1,500 fans in the Stadium receiving a blue Locomotive t-shirt.
Tickets are available online or by calling 915-235-GOAL
GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN
ELP: Lucho Solignac (Eder Borelli), 9th minute: Served from the left side from Borelli, the ball landed perfectly at the feet of Lucho who took a quick turn on his marking defender, putting a soft touch on the ball to the far post, tucking away the first goal of the game.
SLC: Aris Briggs (Milan Iloski), 19th minute: Breaking away on the counter, Iloski lay the ball off to Briggs, who took the run with pace down one-on-one with Logan Ketterer. Dribbling the ball just out of reach of Logan, Briggs took the shot on an open goal
– El Paso Locomotive FC is now on a six-game win streak against Real Monarchs, following the 3-1 tonight.
– Midfielder Sebastian Velasquez made his first start in Locos Blue since his re-signing last week.
– The return of the Locomotive undefeated streak starts now as the El Paso side earns its second straight week since its midweek loss to RGVFC
Match: El Paso Locomotive at Real Monarchs | Date: July 9, 2021 | Venue: Zions Bank Stadium; Herriman, Utah
Weather: 98F; Mostly Sunny
Scoring Summary 1 2 F
El Paso Locomotive FC 1 2 3
Real Monarchs 1 0 1
ELP – Lucho Solignac (Eder Borelli), 9’
SLC – Aris Briggs (Milan Ilowski), 19’
ELP – Diego Luna (Aaron Gomez), 74’
ELP – Aaron Gomez (Lucho Solignac), 91’
El Paso Locomotive FC (4-4-2): Logan Ketterer; Mechack Jerome, Eder Borelli, Yuma, Ricardo Zacarias (Matt Bahner, 58’), Sebastian Velasquez (Diego Luna, 64’), Richie Ryan, Jose Aguinaga (Aaron Gomez, 64’), Nick Ross, Lucho Solignac, Dylan Mares (Leandro Carrijo, 87’)
Subs not used: Ben Beaury; Chapa Herrera
Real Monarchs (4-2-3-1): Jeff Dewsnup; Kevin Saucedo, Bret Halsey (James Moberg, 63’), Haroun Conteh, Kyle Adams, Sam Brown (Charles Wehan, 82’), Bode Davis, Ibrahim Bancé (Julio Benitez, 82’), Milan Iloski, Josimar Quintero (Griffin Dillon, 63’), Aris Briggs (Malik Johnson, 88’)
Subs not used: Fernando Delgado, Max Mata
Stats Summary: ELP | SLC
Shots: 19 | 10
Shots on Goal: 7 | 4
Saves: 3 | 4
Corner Kicks: 8 | 7
Fouls: 12 | 17
Offside: 3 | 1
ELP – Ricardo Zacarias (Caution), 16’
ELP – Diego Luna (Caution), 76’
ELP – Mechack Jerome (Caution), 88’