El Paso Locomotive (9-7-6, 33 points, West-5) fell to a 4-0 scoreline against Oakland Roots SC at Laney College Football Stadium on Saturday night.
The Locos saw two new debutants with Midfielder Edison Azcona and Defender Miles Lyons entering the match as second half substitutes.
Through the opening 20 minutes, Locomotive controlled the tempo of the match with a majority of possession. The momentum shifted dramatically in the 21st minute with Ottar Karlsson finding his first goal of the match. Locos nearly equalized within a minute going the other way, but Oakland would continue to find goals through the first half. Karlsson doubled the Roots lead by converting a penalty kick opportunity just minutes before Dariusz Formella earned an Oakland third. Despite the Locos best efforts to begin pulling the score line back, Oakland would extend their lead to four with a goal just before the end of the first half through Jose Hernandez.
Roots continued its aggression going into the second half, immediately testing Goalkeeper Evan Newton who made big saves to keep Oakland from extending their lead. The matched tightened up however, as Locomotive began limited the Roots attack, but was unable to find space going the other direction to put one on the scoreboard. The Locomotive play cleaned up and revitalized with substitutes, including the Locomotive debuts of Lyons and Azcona, but the Locos were ultimately unable to find the back of the net throughout 90 minutes.
UP NEXT: El Paso Locomotive hosts San Antonio FC in a match with critical Copa Tejas implications. The match is schedule for Saturday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. MT at Southwest University Park and will have a post-match firework show for fans in attendance. Tickets are available online at eplocomotivefc.com/tickets or by calling 915-235-GOAL.