COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – El Paso Locomotive FC took another step toward the postseason as it came away with a road point from a 0-0 draw against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at Weidner Field on Saturday night.
Aiming to close the gap in the race for the postseason, Colorado Springs threatened in the third minute as Luke Ferreira found space to shoot at the top of the penalty area but fired straight at El Paso goalkeeper Logan Ketterer. The midfielder also delivered a good corner kick 11 minutes later that was redirected on goal by Jordan Burt at the near post, and then in the 22nd minute he was denied again on a shot from tight angle on the left side of the penalty area that Ketterer claimed.
Locomotive FC didn’t create much danger until early in the second half when a nicely floated free kick by Dylan Mares couldn’t be put on target by a teammate. A similar chance from a similar position arrived in the 67th minute but Brent Kallman’s header from the center of the penalty area off Mares’ delivery drifted wide of the right post.
El Paso continued to have the better of the limited chances in the second half, and with eight minutes to go Omar Salgado had a shot charged down by Colorado Springs’ Jesus Rubio just inside the top of the penalty area. The Switchbacks then almost grabbed a late winner in stoppage time, but George Lebese’s corner kick from the right dropped in the six-yard area and was quickly launched to safety by an El Paso defender as the game ended scoreless.
USLChampionship.com Man of the Match
Andre Lewis, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC – Lewis put in a solid shift in the center of midfield for the hosts, winning 9 of 12 duels and 2 of 2 tackles while completing 27 of 31 passes overall.