EL PASO, Texas – El Paso Locomotive FC ended Rio Grande Valley FC’s winning streak at Southwest University Park behind a goal from forward Luis Solignac on Saturday night. Solignac’s 18th goal is the fastest in Locomotive history and currently represents the league’s fastest goal during the 2021 season.
“I’m really happy,” said head coach and technical director Mark Lowry. “It’s only our second game of the season, but it’s kind of like the first with the recess last week. We weren’t able to get the momentum, the fitness levels or build relationships on the pitch, and that was [RGV’s] fourth game this season. They’ve won three games so far, it’s a good, strong team that comes there with confidence. We started the game well. Lucho [Solignac] with great press. It is not luck; it was a smart game. I had a feeling he was going to score tonight because he had been so good in training.
Locomotive got off to a dream start with high pressure which paid off with a goal from the first minute. As RGV goalkeeper Tyler Deric threw the ball out of his own box, Solignac put his body in the way, forcing a rebound into the back of the net. With RGV continuing the game for the remainder of the first half, Locomotive managed to escape with scoring chances, including a long ball from Mechack defender Jerome who found midfielder Nick Ross close to goal. Ross took a touch to put the ball on Deric, but ultimately sent it over the frame as well.
At the other end of the field, goalkeeper Adrian Zendejas, on loan from MLS team Minnesota United, scored a clean sheet on his debut. Tested in just one stop tonight, the Locomotive back line held firm against an RGV team chasing the game to help secure the three points at Southwest University Park.
FOLLOWING: El Paso Locomotive hits the road for the first time in the 2021 season, playing Sporting Kansas City II for the first time in franchise history. Kick-off from Children’s Mercy Victory Field in Kansas City is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. KST and will be broadcast live on ESPN +.