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Heat Blank Aztex

Heat Blank Aztex

July 3, 2009

The Laredo Heat picked up a key 4-0 victory against the Austin Aztex on Friday.

The Heat (6-1-6, 24 points) shot up to the top of the Mid-South division standings.

The stay might be temporary depending how El Paso (7-4-1, 22) does against the West Texas Sockers (5-3-3-, 18) tonight.

"This was definitely a key game, as have all the games before.

Only this time we were able to score more goals," Heat coach Israel Collazo said.

The Heat was led by Dionisio "Nicho" Infante who knocked in two goals in the opening half.

Alex Hergert and Luis Reyes kicked in their first goals of the season in the second half to ice the contest.

Juan De Dios Ibarra assisted on the Hergert goal and Greg Mulamba was credited with the assist in the Reyes score.

It's the first time the Aztex (6-3-4, 22) lose as the home team, despite not playing at their regular stadium in Round Rock.

The game took place at the Bobcat soccer complex in San Marcos.

The Aztex are now in third place and finish the season series against Laredo with two losses and one tie.

The Heat's road trip continues as they play the Dallas Fort Worth Tornados (2-6-3, 9) on Sunday.

The West Texas Sockers blanked the Houston Leones (0-10-3) 2-0 on Friday.

The Sockers and the Rio Grande Valley Bravos (5-4-4, 19) are also in the mix for one of the three available spots in the postseason.

Infante has now scored three goals in the last two games.

Becoming the latest player to step up offensively for the club.

Since losing their top scorer in Esteban Bayona the Heat has relied on several different players to lead the way.

Bayona suited up for the game, but won't be at full strength until the Heat play at home against the Bravos on July 9.

"That's what we work for, before we just couldn't finish off our chances and tonight thank God we did.

I'm glad that the goals have been spread around, as we're not just dependent on one person," Collazo said.

Defensively it's the clubs third shutout of the season. Goalkeeper Ryan Cooper and company have allowed only 14 goals on the season.