Photo courtesy El Paso Locomotive FC
El Paso Locomotive FC earned a 3-1 victory against USL Championship Mountain Division rival Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC in a preseason exhibition on Sunday afternoon as a trialist notched a pair of goals before Dylan Mares recorded El Paso’s third goal of the game.
“The guys played with a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of determination,” said Locomotive FC Head Coach Mark Lowry. “The intensity of our play was really good, both with and without the ball. Some of our attacks, our pace, quick passes, combinations around the box, creating good chances, but also our work recovering the ball was particularly pleasing. We spent a lot of time in their half but that’s because we were able to recover the ball quickly and start a new attack. I’m very happy with today.”
El Paso got off to a rapid start, finding its opening goal within the opening two minutes. A quick pass from Macca King found the trialist on the left side, and he was able to finish to put Locomotive FC on top. El Paso maintained its momentum throughout the first half, and after a chance came to Luis Solignac that was denied, Mares struck just before the halftime break as he tapped home a low cross from Nick Ross.
Mares added an assist to his goal early in the second half as he drove at the Colorado Springs defender before playing in the trialist for a one-on-one opportunity he was able to convert. Solignac nearly extended the Locos lead to four after a good piece of interplay with Eder Borelli, only to be denied by the offside flag. Colorado Springs team did not go down quietly, scoring late to cut the lead, but Locomotive saw out the remainder of the game to seal the win.