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Riverhounds bite Locomotive 1-0 Saturday night

El Paso Locomotive (4-6-1, 13 points, West-9) fell to Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, 1-0, at Highmark Stadium in Pennsylvania on Saturday night.

Midfielder and El Paso Locomotive Youth Academy player Joel Maldonado made his professional debut as a substitute in stoppage time in the second half.

The first match between Pittsburgh and El Paso kicked off to a quiet start despite an early look from the Riverhounds taking shot down the middle into Goalkeeper Evan Newton’s hands.

Locomotive began dominating control of the game, nearly finding the opening goal in 25th minute with a shot from Forward Aaron Gomez that was rifled on frame only to find Riverhounds ‘keeper Kevin Silva in the right place.

The back and forth continued past the half hour mark as Newton made two incredible back-to-back saves to stop a Riverhounds corner opportunity. The goalkeeping showcase in the first half kept the game as a stalemate up through to the second half.

Straight out of the gates in the 46th minute, Pittsburgh’s Russell Cicerone broke the stalemate with an impossible to save shot from inside the box. Following the goal to open the second half, the second half mirrored the first, with neither side truly testing either goalkeeper. In a possession tug-of-war, the two sides defensively stood up to shut down any potential attack before it could happen.

Locomotive earned an opportunity to equalize through a penalty kick from Forward Lucho Solignac but Silva read it correctly to make the save. While Locomotive rushed to keep the attacking play up, a goal wouldn’t come for El Paso, ending the match in favor of Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC.

UP NEXT: El Paso Locomotive returns to Southwest University Park to host Sacramento Republic SC on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. MT. The first 1,500 fans to enter the stadium when gates open at 6:00 p.m. MT will receive a Vamos El Paso t-shirt. Tickets are available for purchase online or by calling 915-235-GOAL.

GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN

PIT: Russell Cicerone (Alexander Dixon), 46th minute: With a break down the right side of the field, Dixon got the ball to Cicerone just off center to the left with a low pass. With time on the ball, Cicerone prepared the shot, taking it to the near post where no Loco could make a defensive stop, earning the lone goal of the night.

NOTES:

– El Paso Locomotive FC fell for the time against an Eastern Conference opponent. Following the match against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, El Paso’s record against the east is now 5-1-1 in all competitions.

– Locomotive Youth Academy Midfielder Joel Maldonado made his professional debut, entering the match as a substitute in the 94th minute.

Match: El Paso Locomotive at Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC  |  Date: May 14, 2022  |   Venue: Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.
Weather: 78F and isolated thunderstorms

Scoring Summary      1          2          F
El Paso Locomotive     0          0          0
Riverhounds SC           0          1          1

PIT – Russell Cicerone (Alexander Dixon), 46’

Lineups:

El Paso Locomotive FC (4-3-3): Evan Newton; Eder Borelli (Nick Hinds, 68’), Andrew Fox, Yuma, Harry Brockbank (Shavon John-Brown, 68’), Richie Ryan (Joel Maldonado, 94’), Eric Calvillo (Chapa Herrera, 80’), Dylan Mares, Aaron Gomez, Christiano Francois (Ricardo Zacarias, 80’), Lucho Solignac

Subs not used: Philipp Beigl, Matt Bahner

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (4-2-3-1): Kevin Silva; Nathan Dossantos (Daniel Rovira, 61’), Mekeil Williams, Arturo Osuna, Shane Wiedt, Kenardo Forbes (Angelo Kelly-Rosales, 71’), Luis Argudo (Robert Dambrot, 71’), Russell Cicerone (Jelani Peters, 83’), Daniel Griffin, Alexander Dixon, Dane Kelly (Albert Dikwa, 60’)

Subs not used: Jahmali Waite, Marc Ybarra

Stats Summary: ELP | PIT

Shots: 8 | 16
Shots on Goal: 5 | 6
Saves: 5 | 5
Corner Kicks: 6 | 5
Fouls: 8 | 12
Offside: 2 | 2

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY:

PIT – Arturo Osuna (Caution), 27’
PIT – Nathan Dossantos (Caution), 44’
PIT – Albert Dikwa (Caution), 89’

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