EL PASO, Texas – Nick Ross and Diego Luna found the net and El Paso Locomotive FC recorded a fourth consecutive shutout as it took a 2-0 victory against Indy Eleven on Wednesday night at Southwest University Park.
The hosts got out to a flying start, taking the lead in just the second minute. After the ball was shifted to the right for Macauley King, he delivered a cross that was flicked on in the center of the penalty area by Luis Solignac to Ross, who was alone in the left side of the penalty area and had time and space to shoot low to the right corner of the net.
El Paso controlled much of the game after taking its early lead, giving Indy few clear avenues to goal. King had a chance of his own in the 28th minute for the hosts as his header off a cross by Eder Borelli was saved by Indy goalkeeper Jordan Farr, and the hosts had another chance inside the opening minute of the second half as Solignac knocked back a cross to the left side of the penalty area from the right for Ross to volley, but Farr was again equal to the task.
Locomotive FC doubled its lead in the 49th minute, however, as the 17-year-old Luna scored his second goal in as many games. The attacking midfielder turned inside after taking a pass from King left of center 30 yards from goal, and after creating space fired a shot that took a slight deflection and found the bottom-left corner of the net.
Indy’s first real look on goal two minutes later as Patrick Seagrist recycled possession after El Paso goalkeeper Logan Ketterer had punched clear a free kick, and Seagrist’s return delivery into the penalty area found Nicky Law for a header that went just wide of the right post. Gordon Wild then tried a long-range effort from a free kick that was comfortably gathered by Ketterer in the 58th minute, while Luna had a chance to extend Locomotive FC’s lead five minutes later only to be denied by Farr as the game began to open up.
The visitors continued to push to get back into the game, though, and with 26 minutes to go Wild brought down a long pass by AJ Cochran and got into the right side of the penalty area, where his low shot forced a good save by Ketterer. El Paso then threatened in the 80th minute as an angled cross by Luna from the right found Josue Aaron Gomez in the left side of the penalty area, only for his first-time shot to go high. The hosts would see out the win, though, to maintain their undefeated start to the season.
USLChampionship.com Man of the Match
Diego Luna, El Paso Locomotive FC – Luna notched his second goal of the season and put in a stellar all-around display, completing 42 of 46 passes and recording four shots and two key passes in the victory.
ELP – Nick Ross (Luis Solignac) 2’
ELP – Diego Luna (Macauley King) 49’