USL Championship side El Paso Locomotive posted their first-ever win, as they defeated Orange County SC 2-0 in El Paso on Saturday night. The loss means Orange County’s quest for their first win of the season continues.
Orange County were again missing Aodhan Quinn in the 18, and Michael Seaton began the game as a substitute after missing the last two matches. He came off the bench right after El Paso opened the scoring.
New OCSC goalkeeper Patrick McLain was put under pressure early, with a backpass he had to scramble out and then in the eighth minute, a 1-v-1 block on Derek Gebhard’s point-blank chance for El Paso. Gebhard was dangerous in the first half, and ended up suffering what appeared to be an injury just before the break.
El Paso continued to push for an opener and they found the breakthrough in the 64th minute, as substitute Edson Partida cleaned up on a rebound from a McLain save to make it 1-0. He scored his second in the 88th minute, with a tidy finish over McLain’s shoulder.
It was a tough night for OCSC, who clearly miss Quinn’s playmaking abilities and Seaton’s composed forward play. The visitors couldn’t muster a shot on target, and admittedly the signings made the last two weeks are still adjusting to their new squad and may need a bit more time to get on the same page.
They’ll look to find that breakthrough next Saturday, when they host Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC for the teams’ first meeting of the season.
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