Colorado Springs, CO (September 15, 2021) – The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC played out an entertaining scoreless draw with El Paso Locomotive at Weidner Field on Wednesday night.
The top two teams in the Mountain Division entering the night traded chances in the first half, starting with a cross from a Sebastian Anderson free kick that Matt Mahoney headed just wide of the left post.
Locomotive FC had the next opportunity as Diego Luna hit a shot from close range that Sean Melvin made the save and got up quickly to gather the ball before a rebound shot could be attempted. Deshane Beckford created a final chance in the first half as he took a touch to beat his defender on the left side of the penalty area but his low cross was just out of the reach of two teammates.
The Switchbacks started the second half on a positive note when Thomas Amang got on the end of a lifted pass and laid the ball off for Beckford who fired a shot on target that was saved by El Paso goalkeeper Logan Ketterer.
The best chance of the game for the Switchbacks came in the 61st minute when Hadji Barry's cross was deflected in the air into Anderson's path and he hit a scissor kick that got deflected to Thomas Amang for a redirection header that was saved off the line by Ketterer.
Locomotive FC created one final opportunity by keeping possession on the left flank before delivering a cross into Aaron Gomez who headed the ball wide of the right post.
The Switchbacks are on the road next to take on Rio Grande Valley FC on September 18th with kickoff set for 6pm MT at H-E-B Park. On September 25th, the Switchbacks return to Weidner Field to take on Austin Bold FC for Mustache Night, with the first 1,000 fans receiving a stick-on mustache, courtesy of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado. Tickets are available HERE.