Early Goal And Defense Key To Locomotive Win Against Rio Grand Valley

Out of nowhere in what was a typical throw away move by a forward against an opposing keeper,  Luis Solignac produced the fastest goal in club history that put the Locos up 1-0 against the Rio Grande Valley Toros and they never looked back.

That was pretty much it for the night offensively as the boys in blue settled in and the defense took over and it locked down the now former undefeated Toros. 

“I’m really happy,” said Head Coach and Technical Director Mark Lowry. “It’s only our second game of the season but it kind of feels like the first with the bye week last week. We haven’t been able to get momentum, the fitness levels, or build the relationships on the field, and that was [RGV’s] fourth game this season. They’ve won three games so far, they are a good and strong team coming into it with confidence. We started the game great. Lucho [Solignac] with a great press. That’s not luck; it was a smart play. I had a good feeling he was going to score tonight because he had been so good in training.”

Photo by Ace Acosta

With this being the first match without Club mainstay, goalie Logan Ketterer who is on loan the Portland Timbers in MLS (Not sure anyone knows how long the loan spell is but it’s safe to say it will not be ending anytime soon.) everyone was wondering how the team would fair with a new guy in net. The new guy is net, Adrian Zendejas, get used to hearing that name, was up to the task and thankfully never really was tested. 

Photo by Ace Acosta

With the win, The Locomotive moves its undefeated record to 9-0-2 in the last 11 games played at Southwest University Park, including playoffs.

The Locos go on the road for the first time this season when they visit Sporting Kanas City II next Sunday. 

Vamos Locos!! On To The Next! 

Story by Chad Middleton