File: El Paso Locomotive FC vs Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at Southwest University Park, Wednesday, October 13, 2021, in El Paso, Texas. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre/El Paso Locomotive FC

Runaway Train! Locomotive annihilate Austin 3-0

El Paso Locomotive (17-3-10, 61 points) dominated against Austin Bold FC for a 3-0 win at Southwest University Park on Wednesday night. Forward Aaron Gomez extended his all-time club leading goal count to open the scoring with a goal in the 23rd minute.

Forward Lucho Solignac added to his season-leading goal count and Midfielder Diego Luna closed the scoring for the three points in the 90th minute.

“It’s great to bounce back with the clean sheet and three goals,” said Head Coach and Technical Director Mark Lowry. “It was the response we were looking for. There was an opportunity for the guys tonight to do that, so I was excited for them going into the game. They had an opportunity to put the train back on track after a tough game a couple of days ago. They did it really well.”

Austin Bold FC started strong by testing Goalkeeper Logan Ketterer in the third minute of the match, only to be denied by the veteran between the pipes. After that it was the Locomotive show, seeing Lucho take a shot that was a near miss over the crossbar. The sustained pressure from Locomotive gave El Paso a first-half lead with a series of connections from Midfielder Chapa Herrera and Lucho to end with a golazo of a volley from Gomez. Los Locos dominated the possession for the remainder of the half searching for another goal for insurance

Locomotive quickly found that second goal in the 48th minute with a quick turnover in the midfield that provided Midfielder Dylan Mares with the pass to Lucho who settled the ball before rifling the shot into the back net. With the dangerous 2-0 lead, the Locos Blue settled in to absorb Austin pressure with its trademark ironclad defense. Austin’s greatest chance came in the 88th minute where a served-in cross led to Nathaniel Adamolekun taking a shot that Ketterer was able to kick back out. The resulting scramble in the box set up a goal kick that led to Gomez getting the ball to Luna who put the game to bed with the third goal of the night.

El Paso Locomotive closes the home campaign of the regular season by hosting OKC Energy FC on Sunday, October 24 at Southwest University Park. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. MT. The first 2,000 fans into the Stadium when gates open at 5:00 p.m. will receive a replica white jersey. Tickets are available for purchase online, by phone at 915-235-GOAL, or through the official El Paso Locomotive FC App.


ELP: Aaron Gomez (Lucho Solignac), 23rd minute: A play started off by a deep diagonal cross from Midfielder Chapa Herrera, Lucho headed the ball into the path of Gomez who let the ball take one bounce off the ground before taking the air to volley the ball underneath the Bold FC goalkeeper Arshia Babazadeh and into the back of the net.

ELP: Lucho Solignac (Dylan Mares), 48th minute: After Gomez secured the ball off Austin Bold FC, he lay the ball off to Mares, who quickly sent over to Lucho. Lucho wasted no time getting into position before taking a crack on towards goal. The ball was destined for the back of the net but was aided by a small deflection of a Bold defender for his 10th of the season.

ELP: Diego Luna (Aaron Gomez), 90th minute: A poor touch from Austin Bold FC in the midfield provided Gomez with the ball and an opening to start a breakaway in the dying moments of regulation time. Gomez found Luna on the far post, prompting Luna to out-dribble his defender and take the left-footed shot into the near-post for the third Locos goal of the night.


– Forward Aaron Gomez scored an absolute golazo in the 23rd minute, volleying home his eighth goal of the season and his club-leading all-time regular-season goal count to 19.

– Forward Lucho Solignac found his own season-leading goal in the 48th minute, notching his 10th of the season to go along with this 7th assist of the season.

– El Paso Locomotive extend its home unbeaten streak to 24 games following the victory against Austin Bold FC on Wednesday night.

– Midfielder Dylan Mares recorded his 9th regular-season assist since joining the team ahead of the 2020 season. Mares now leads the club in all-time assists.

– Goalkeeper Logan Ketterer earned his 8th clean sheet of the season with three saves making for the 11th Locomotive clean sheet of the season.

Match: El Paso Locomotive vs Austin Bold FC   |   Date: October 20, 2021
Venue: Southwest University Park; El Paso, Texas   |   Weather: 74F and clear skies

Scoring Summary              1          2          F

El Paso Locomotive             1          2          3

Austin Bold FC                     0          0          0

ELP – Aaron Gomez (Lucho Solignac), 23’
ELP – Lucho Solignac (Dylan Mares), 48’
ELP – Diego Luna (Aaron Gomez), 90’

El Paso Locomotive FC (4-4-2): Logan Ketterer; Eder Borelli (Diego Luna, 72’), Andrew Fox, Matt Bahner, Bryam Rebellon, Chapa Herrera, Dylan Mares (Jose Aguinaga, 82’), Nick Ross, Cole Turner, Aaron Gomez, Lucho Solignac (Leandro Carrijo, 87’)

Subs not used: Ben Beaury, Mechack Jerome, Macca King, Brooklyn Raines

Austin Bold FC (4-4-2): Arshia Babazadeh; Fabien Garcia, Jermaine Taylor, Gustavo Rissi, Omar Ciss (Casey Walls, 54’), Amobi Okugo, Collin Fernandez, Kofi Sarkodie, Ates Diouf (Josue Soto, 78’), Gilbert Fuentes (Nathaniel Adamolekun, 54’), Roberto Avila (Aldo Quintanilla, 64’)

Subs not used: Juan Torres, Hugo Fauroux

Stats Summary: ELP | ATX

Shots: 14 | 10
Shots on Goal: 6 | 3
Saves: 3 | 3
Corner Kicks: 4 | 3
Fouls: 10 | 18
Offside: 3 | 3


ELP – Aaron Gomez (Caution), 34’
ATX – Gustavo Rissi (Caution), 36’
ATX – Ates Diouf (Caution), 77’
ATX – Josue Soto (Caution), 90’+2

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