El Paso Locomotive (6-6-2, 20 points, West-4) picked up the full three points with a 1-0 win over Las Vegas Lights FC at Cashman Field in Las Vegas on Friday.
Midfielder Dylan Mares recorded the lone goal against Vegas to provide a 10-man El Paso side the win.
El Paso Locomotive sought to get on the front foot early with an aggressive high press. Locos were able to get a few looks towards goal through Mares and Midfielder Eric Calvillo but neither were able to bring down the ball to find the net.
Las Vegas got a few chances towards goal on the other side of the ball, but none really tested Goalkeeper Evan Newton. Shortly before going into the break, Locomotive went down to 10-men after Forward Lucho Solignac earned a second yellow card.
Despite being a man-down in the second half, Locomotive continued its press while defending against the Lights who were aiming to take advantage. Defender Yuma captained the backline to perfection to keep Vegas off the board while a 62nd minute counter set Locomotive up for a victory.
Defender Eder Borelli led the counter, finding Forward Ricardo Zacarias at the far post who headed it Mares for the one touch volley.
For the final 30 minutes, Locomotive dug deep, even calling on its Academy in the likes of Midfielders Diego Abarca, Joel Maldonado, and Venancio Calderon to see out the game for the 1-0 win in the Sin City.
UP NEXT: El Paso Locomotive welcomes Hartford Athletic to Southwest University Park on Saturday, June 4. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. MT and will be highlighted with a post-game firework show. Tickets are available online or by calling 915-235-GOAL.
GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN
ELP: Dylan Mares (Ricardo Zacarias), 62nd minute: Locomotive set off on a counterattack with Eder Borelli sending a cross over the face of goal to find Zacarias at the far post. Zacarias quickly headed the ball back center to Mares who took the one touch volley to put Locomotive up in the lead.
– Goalkeeper Evan Newton surpassed 15,000 minutes in the USL Championship regular season, earning the accolade in the 14th minute.
– Defender Matt Bahner recorded his 150th USL Championship regular-season appearances, coming in as a sub in the 74th minute.
– Midfielder Dylan Mares continued to build on his goal scoring account, finding a goal in the 62nd minute to extend this season’s count to four.
– The Locomotive Academy stepped up to the plate with Midfielders Joel Maldonado, Diego Abarca, and Venancio Calderon entering the match in the second half.
– El Paso Locomotive remains undefeated in Las Vegas, Nevada, having picked up the 3-0 win in the only other visit in September 2019.
Match: El Paso Locomotive at Las Vegas Lights FC | Date: May 27, 2022 | Venue: Cashman Field; Las Vegas, Nevada
Weather: 94F and partly cloudy
Scoring Summary 1 2 F
El Paso Locomotive 0 1 1
Las Vegas Lights FC 0 0 0
ELP – Dylan Mares (Ricardo Zacarias), 62’
El Paso Locomotive FC (4-3-3): Evan Newton; Shavon John-Brown (Diego Abarca, 87’), Yuma, Andrew Fox, Eder Borelli, Richie Ryan, Dylan Mares (Ander Egiluz, 74’), Eric Calvillo (Venancio Calderon, 87’), Ricardo Zacarias (Matt Bahner, 74’), Aaron Gomez (Joel Maldonado, 90’+3’), Lucho Solignac
Subs not used: Philipp Beigl
Las Vegas Lights FC (4-2-3-1): Tomas Romero; Mohamed Traore (Chase Bromstedt, 73’), Alejandro Lara, Dekel Keinan, Tony Leone, Alvaro Quezada, Morten Bjorshol (Christopher Jaime, 73’), Frank Daroma, Christian Torres (Nathan Ordaz, 61’), Daron Iskenderian (Danny Trejo, 61’), Roberto Molina
Subs not used: Abraham Romero, Nathan Sepulveda, Jorge Almaguer
Stats Summary: ELP | LV
Shots: 12 | 19
Shots on Goal: 1 | 6
Saves: 6 | 0
Corner Kicks: 4 | 6
Fouls: 7 | 15
Offside: 1 | 4
ELP – Yuma (Caution), 17’
ELP – Lucho Solignac (Caution), 37’
LV – Mohamed Traore (Caution), 38’
ELP – Lucho Solignac (Second Caution, Ejection), 44’
ELP – Richie Ryan (Caution), 71’
LV – Dekel Keinan (Caution), 90’+5
FULL TIME: A second-half goal by @DMares06 earned El Paso Locomotive FC a 1-0 victory on the road against Las Vegas Lights FC despite the visitors being reduced to 10 men late in the first half.@lvlightsfc – 0@eplocomotivefc – 1#LVvELP | https://t.co/A0YUozBc7v pic.twitter.com/54eNYDSIBB
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