Locos vs SAFC | Photo by Darren Abate/USL Championship
El Paso Locomotive (12-2-5, 41 points) fell for only the second time this season in a 2-1 loss to San Antonio FC. Midfielder Sebastian Velasquez found the lone Locomotive goal of the night.
Locomotive dominated possession through the first half of a slick match finding the first true opportunity towards goal with a long-distance low shot from Midfielder Dylan Mares.
While Los Locos controlled the ball, San Antonio FC made the most of its possession, finding the crossbar through a wildfire shot from Cameron Lindley. San Antonio’s offense would earn the opening goal of the night with Marcus Epps curving a low shot to the far post in the 32nd minute.
The El Paso side came out into the second half with pressure, as Midfielder Bryam Rebellon and Forward Aaron Gomez both took shots towards goal that forced San Antonio goalkeeper Matt Cardone into massive saves. It didn’t take long into the second half for Velasquez to find an equalizing goal, heading in the cross served by Midfielder Nick Ross in the 54th minute.
Both sides fought to find the advantage but neither side could gain the edge. It wasn’t until the dying seconds of the match did San Antonio find a go-ahead goal as Justin Dhillon put away a goal in the 93rd minute to end an impressive 10-game undefeated streak for Locomotive.
Up next, El Paso Locomotive gets some inter-division action, traveling to California to play Orange County SC. That match is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. MT kickoff from Championship Soccer Stadium on Friday, September 3, and will be broadcast live on ESPN+.
GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN
SA: Marcus Epps (Jose Gallegos), 32nd minute: On a breakaway attack, Gallegos hit the ball left to a wide-open Epps who had nothing but time and space to settle on the ball. While Mechack Jerome got in the way in an attempt to block the attack, Epps took his shot low with a curve, sliding on the wet pitch into the far corner of the goal.
ELP: Sebastian Velasquez (Nick Ross), 54th minute: In a flurry of corner kick opportunities, Locomotive found its equalizer as Ross served in a ball that found Velasquez within six yards of the goal. Velasquez put in the header that went directly to Matt Cardone who palmed the ball up into the underside of the net for a goal.
SA: Justin Dhillon (Jassar Khmiri), 93rd minute: A long ball from one end of the field to the other found Dhillon near the Locomotive goal. Dhillon dribbled around the Locomotive defense taking a quick shot to the far post where he found the side netting to take the lead.
– Midfielder Sebastian Velasquez scored his second goal of the season in as many weeks having scored the go-ahead goal against RGVFC a week ago.
– Locomotive fell for only the second time this season, ending yet another impressive streak – 10-games undefeated.
– Only twice has a Locomotive game been delayed due to weather conditions. Both times Locomotive has dropped the three points to its opponent.
– After the 2-1 loss for Louisville City FC against Birmingham Legion FC, El Paso Locomotive still holds on to the top spot in the USL Championship with 41 points.
Match: El Paso Locomotive at San Antonio FC | Date: August 28, 2021 | Weather: 86F and partly cloudy
Scoring Summary 1 2 F
El Paso Locomotive FC 0 1 1
San Antonio FC 1 1 2
SA –Marcus Epps (Jose Gallegos), 32’
ELP – Sebastian Velasquez (Nick Ross), 54’
SA – Justin Dhillon (Jasser Khmiri), 93’
El Paso Locomotive FC (4-4-2): Logan Ketterer; Andrew Fox (Matt Bahner, 72’), Yuma, Mechack Jerome, Macca King, Richie Ryan, Nick Ross, Bryam Rebellon (Diego Luna, 65’), Sebastian Velasquez, Lucho Solignac, Dylan Mares (Aaron Gomez, 72’)
Subs not used: Ben Beaury, Eder Borelli, Chapa Herrera, Leandro Carrijo
San Antonio FC (3-4-2-1): Matt Cardone; Kortne Ford, Mitchell Taintor (Sam Gleadle, 66’) (Shandon Hopeau, 80’), Jasser Khmiri, PC (Mohammed Abu, 45’), Chris Lima, Connor Maloney, Cameron Lindley, Jose Gallegos, Nathan (Justin Dhillon, 72’), Marcus Epps
Subs not used: Jose Mercado, Leo Torres, Joaquin Varela
Stats Summary: ELP | SA
Shots: 11 | 15
Shots on Goal: 4 | 8
Saves: 6 | 3
Corner Kicks: 6 | 2
Fouls: 9 | 11
Offside: 2 | 1
ELP – Andrew Fox (Caution), 24’
SA – PC (Caution), 41’
SA – Justin Dhillon (Caution), 93’