Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, El Paso Locomotive FC, Switchbacks FC, USL, football, soccer Sep 15, 2021; Colorado Springs, CO, USA; Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC forward Deshane Beckford (31) and El Paso Locomotive FC defender Macauley King (23) battle for the ball in the first half at Weidner Field. Credit: Isaiah J. Downing/Switchbacks FC
El Paso Locomotive (13-2-7, 46 points) split the points with Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC in a scoreless draw at Weidner Field on Wednesday night. Goalkeeper Logan Ketterer earned his sixth clean sheet of the season for the club’s tenth.
It was a game of capitalizing on passes and use of possession through the first half, Locomotive and Switchbacks FC nearly split the possession evenly.
Locomotive decisively made the most of their control, as the front pairing of Forwards Lucho Solignac and Aaron Gomez with Midfielder Diego Luna behind creatively passed around the defensive line for Switchbacks, forcing Colorado Springs ‘keeper Sean Melvin into making big saves. On the other end, Switchbacks were left wanting without a proper shot on goal thanks to the work of the number one defensive makeup in the Western Conference.
As the game opened up, Switchbacks began to test Ketterer, who came up with a world-class save in the 61st minute to parry the ball out of play. The defensive play of Locomotive FC staved off the aggressive Switchbacks offense, providing few more chances for El Paso that could not be kept on frame.
By the end of the 90 minutes, the immoveable object of Locomotive deadlocked with the unstoppable force of Switchbacks FC, leading to a scoreless draw to earn a road point.
UP NEXT: El Paso Locomotive continues a two-game road stretch by taking on Austin Bold for a Copa Tejas showdown on Wednesday, September 22. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. MT from Bold Stadium in Austin, Texas and will be broadcast live on ESPN+.
– El Paso earned its 10th clean sheet of the season, holding off the most clinical attack in the league from Switchbacks FC.
– Locos still remain undefeated in the all-time series against Colorado Springs, with the draw moving the record to 4-0-4 in favor of the Sun City club.
– The draw keeps a nine point gap between Locomotive FC and Switchbacks FC at the top of the Mountain Division table.
– Defender Ricardo Zacarias made his return to the pitch, earning minutes for the first time since the 0-0 draw against New Mexico United on July 24.
Match: El Paso Locomotive at Switchbacks FC | Date: September 15, 2021
Venue: Weidner Field; Colorado Springs, Colorado | Weather: 79F and clear skies
Scoring Summary 1 2 F
El Paso Locomotive FC 0 0 0
Switchbacks FC 0 0 0
El Paso Locomotive FC (4-4-2): Logan Ketterer; Eder Borelli, Mechack Jerome, Matt Bahner (Andrew Fox, 53’), Macca King, Richie Ryan, Nick Ross, Chapa Herrera (Dylan Mares, 63’), Diego Luna (Sebastian Velasquez, 63’), Aaron Gomez (Leandro Carrijo, 89’), Lucho Solignac (Ricardo Zacarias, 89’)
Subs not used: Ben Beaury, Jose Aguinaga
Switchbacks FC (4-2-3-1): Sean Melvin; Michael Edwards, Sebastian Anderson, Tristan Hodge, Matthew Mahoney, Thomas Amang (Dantouma Toure, 77’), Hadji Barry, Rony Argueta, Beverly Makangila, Steven Echeverria (Andre Lewis, 60’), Deshane Beckford (Darren Yapi, 83’)
Subs not used: Dillon Sema, Jordan Burt, Abraham Rodriguez, José Torres
Stats Summary: ELP | COS
Shots: 16 | 11
Shots on Goal: 2 | 3
Saves: 3 | 2
Corner Kicks: 7 | 5
Fouls: 9 | 14
Offside: 0 | 0
ELP – Aaron Gomez (Caution), 25’
COS – Steven Echeverria (Caution), 29’
ELP – Andrew Fox (Caution), 58’
COS – Deshane Beckford (Caution), 74’