EL PASO, Texas – August 14, 2021 – El Paso Locomotive (11-1-5, 38 points) stole the point on the road from New Mexico United on Saturday night. Defender Matt Bahner netted his first goal of the season to silence the crowd at Isotopes Park.
“It feels good not to lose,” said Head Coach Mark Lowry. “We didn’t win. I’m disappointed that we didn’t win. The first half was not great and in the second half, we were unbelievable. We deserved the point. We hit the post twice. We did everything we could, but we didn’t win so I’m not super ecstatic but it feels like a win with the way it happened.”
Los Locos nearly got off to a dream start, finding the back of the net through Forward Lucho Solignac’s second-minuteheader that was ultimately flagged offside. From then, United ran away with the ball, testing the Locomotive defense. Defender Yuma came up big to close out United’s Amando Moreno from scoring early in the first half. While Midfielder Dylan Mares was able to get a few quality chances, it would be Moreno that broke the scoreless deadlock with a goal in the 33rd minute.
The second half was night and day from the first as Locomotive dominated the possession and tempo of the game. Tension started building as both teams began to get frustrated by either the lack of possession or the ball bouncing off the post. Tensions peaked in the 77th minute, seeing United earn multiple yellows but saw Midfielder Diego Luna earn a red card leaving Locomotive down a man for the remainder of the match. Not to be counted out, Locomotive battled the remaining 13 minutes plus six in stoppage time, finding the equalizer in the 97th minute courtesy of Goalkeeper Logan Ketterer’s shot that deflected to Bahner for his first goal of the season.
UP NEXT: El Paso Locomotive returns home to Southwest University Park to welcome Rio Grande Valley FC. That match is scheduled for Saturday, August 21 with a 7:30 p.m. MT kickoff. Tickets are available online at www.eplocomotivefc.com/tickets or by calling 915-235-GOAL