Locomotive Midfielder Diego Luna made his first career start and what a start it was a he scored a goal that gave El Paso the win over Austin Bold 1-0 on Thursday night.
Locomotive Goalkeeper Adrian Zendejas saved the one Austin Bold shot on target to keep his third clean sheet in a row.
The match got off to a quiet start with both teams getting a feel for the one another. Locomotive dominated possession with a passing game through the opening 15 minutes, finding the most threatening chance in the 23rd through Midfielder Bryam Rebellon, who connected a header from a corner that went just wide. As Bold began providing more of a threat in the first half, the Locomotive defense did what it does best and kept Austin to only one shot on goal.
The match opened in the second half, with Locomotive still dominating possession in the game. Locomotive broke the stalemate with Luna finding his first professional goal, connecting a headed effort to the far post after Defender Macca King lobbed the cross into the box. Bold started its counter, however, a late-game Zendejas save kept Austin off the board, securing not only the full three points on the road but the third clean sheet in a row for El Paso Locomotive.
El Paso Locomotive next game will be against Indy Eleven at Southwest University Park on Wednesday, June 9 with kickoff scheduled for 7:00 p.m. MT.