After playing two matches on the road, the El Paso Locomotive FC were glad to be playing in front of the home crowd at Southwest University Park as they beat the Real Monarchs SLC 1-0 on Wednesday night.
The Locos got on the scoreboard when the Real Monarchs redirected a cross from Defender Eder Borelli into their own goal for the lone goal of the night at the 68th minute of the match.
The Locomotive FC would then dominate the flow of the match and once again Goalkeeper Logan Ketterer played an outstanding game not allowing any goals.
Here’s what Coach Mark Lowry said after the match:
“The plan was almost perfect, We should have two-nil up after 30 minutes. That was the plan. Get the ball into the box to Aaron [Gomez] and Leandro [Carrijo], cross a lot of balls – we did that and we did it well. It just didn’t seem to go into the net. It’s nil-nil at halftime, which is going to make for a cagey second half no matter who you play against. Monarchs have probably given us more problems than any team in this group.”
With the win the Locos earn three points and are now 14-2-8, 50 points and they have mathematically eliminated the Real Monarchs from the Playoffs.
For their next match, El Paso Locomotive heads to Colorado Springs to take on Switchbacks FC at Weidner Field this Saturday. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. MT and will be broadcast live on ESPN+.