El Paso Locomotive vs New Mexico United at SouthWest University Park on July 24th, 2020. Final Score New Mexico United 2, El Paso Locomotive 1. Jonathan Yturales | El Paso Herald Post
Saturday night, El Paso Locomotive FC (3-2-2, 11 points) created more breathing room over the playoff line in Group C with a 1-0 victory over defending champions Real Monarchs.
Nick Ross opened his 2020 goal scoring record with the lone goal of the night.
The first 45 minutes was a tight affair, with both sides trading possession and opportunities as the Locomotive FC front linked to create dangerous plays on the Monarchs goal, while Logan Ketterer and his backline did well to protect the net from dangerous strikes on the other end.
The first Locomotive opportunity came from a near perfect freekick from Dylan Mares who pinged the upright before later linking up with Aaron Gomez nearly finding a chance that got cutout from the Monarchs defense.
Locomotive opened the second half with Gomez taking a shot within a minute of the whistle that was just deflected.
The 51st minute broke the deadlock as Locomotive FC attack linked up when Gomez found Ross in the middle of the pitch, sending the shot into the bottom right of the net.
Late in the match, Real Monarchs fought for the equalizer to save the point, however, the Locomotive backline stood firm, protecting the scoring to secure the three points on the road.
Up next, the Locos remain on the road for more Group C action the team travels to Colorado Springs to take on Switchbacks FC. Kickoff from Weidner Field is set for Saturday, August 22 at 6:00 p.m. MT
GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN
ELP: Nick Ross (Aaron Gomez), 51st minute – In a fantastic build up, Chapa sent the ball wide to Gomez who took a quick touch to settle before sending back middle to find Ross at the center. Ross took another fast touch before sending the shot home into the bottom corner of the net for a go-ahead goal, breaking the regular season deadlock between the two.
– Macca King made his Locomotive FC debut, coming on as a substitution in the 61st minute for Nick Ross
– Aaron Gomez continued his attacking form, adding an assist to his three goals in the last four games.
– The win sees the regular-season deadlock between the two sides come to an end, as Locomotive FC puts space over the playoff line in the condensed season.
Match: El Paso Locomotive FC at Real Monarchs | Date: August 15, 2020 | Venue: Zions Bank Stadium; Herriman, Utah
Weather: 88F and clear skies
Scoring Summary 1 2 F
El Paso Locomotive FC 0 1 1
Real Monarchs 0 0 0
ELP: Nick Ross (Aaron Gomez), 51′
El Paso Locomotive FC (4-4-2): Logan Ketterer; Bryam Rebellón, Yuma, Andrew Fox, Chrió N’toko, Mechack Jerome, Aaron Gómez, Dylan Mares (Memo Diaz, 94′), Louis Herrera, Nick Ross (Macauley King, 61′), Omar Salgado (Saeed Robinson, 78′)
Subs not used: Distel Zola, Matt Bahner, Jermaine Fordah, Brent Kallman
Real Monarchs (3-5-2): Jimmy Slayton; James Moberg, Nicolás Giménez, Taylor Peay, Luke Mulholland (Bode Davis, 75′), Sam Brown, Jack Blake, Noah Powder, Andrew Brody, Luis Arriaga (Julian Vázquez, 64′), Kyle Coffee (Ryan Sierakowski,75′)
Subs not used: Steve Jasso, Gavin Beavers, Ricardo Avila, Zack Farnsworth
Stats Summary: ELP/SLC
Shots: 8 / 10
Shots on Goal: 2 / 4
Saves: 4 / 1
Corner Kicks: 7 / 7
Fouls: 7 / 12
Offside: 1 / 0
ELP – Chapa Herrera (Caution), 34′
SLC – Sam Brown (Caution) 44′
SLC – James Moberg (Caution) 65′
SLC – Jack Blake (Caution) 77′
SLC – Noah Powder (Caution) 80′
ELP – Logan Ketterer (Caution) 88′