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Heat, Bravos offer up an intense tie

Heat, Bravos offer up an intense tie

June 20, 2009

It wasn't what the Laredo Heat had in mind, but it'll have to do.


The Heat (4-1-5, 17 points) and the Rio Grande Valley Bravos (3-3-4, 13) ended up with a 1-1 tie Friday night at the Texas A&M International Soccer Complex.


Laredo finished with two points out of a possible six this week after also tying Thursday's home contest against Dallas-Fort Worth.


In an exciting and intense contest in which the Heat played with two men down and the Bravos one, it was the Valley team, that left Laredo feeling rather good about itself.


Both teams failed to take opportunity of the man advantage in a contest that featured several hard fouls and culminated with extra curricular activities on the field after the game.


The chances were there for both teams to claim the victory, but outstanding play by the respective goalies kept the game knotted up.


It was the Bravos' Juan Garcia who came up huge in the 89th minute of the game.


The Heat's Joel Perez made a series of nice moves to get into the area before having his shot bounce of Garcia.


The rebound landed to the feet of Alexander Hergert, whose shot went straight to the chest of Garcia.


The Bravos came out firing from the beginning. In the fifth minute, Salvador Luna sent a blast to the top corner of the far post for the 1-0 lead.


The score woke up the Heat, which responded 10 minutes later when another Perez shot rebounded into the path of Greg Mulamba. who headed in the equalizer.


It was Mulamba's second goal in as many days.


Heat goalie Ryan Cooper came up big on several occasions for his club, including two stops against Luna.


The Bravos suffered a loss in the first half when their striker, Jesus Mireles, had to be carted off the field with an apparent leg injury.


The Bravos' Adrian Vazquez was shown the red card in the 53rd minute.


Ten minutes later, the Heat's Luis Reyes was expelled and two minutes later Pedro Ramos joined him in the locker room.


Despite the man disadvantage it was the Heat which applied the pressure in the game's final minutes.


The Bravos ended up with a 9-6 advantage on shots on goal.