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Outmanned Heat leave Houston with tie

Outmanned Heat leave Houston with tie

May 30, 2009

The Laredo Heat received a rough welcome at the hands of the Houston Leones Saturday.

The Heat (3-1-2, 11 points) once again played with a man down for a good portion of the contest and once again managed to salvage a point with a 1-1 tie against the Leones (0-3-2, 2).

Things started off well for the Heat, as Esteban Bayona knocked in a Joel Perez pass for the 1-0 lead six minutes into the first half.

It was Bayona's third goal of the season to lead the team.

From that point forward the game turned into a foul laden grudge match.

The Leones pressured the Heat after the quick score, but were still outplayed by the Laredo side. The Heat dominated the time of possession.

Hurting the team's chances and marking a shift in momentum came when Bayona earned his second yellow of the night in the 56 minute.

Bayona will miss the game against the Patriots next Friday.

Also in jeopardy is the availability of Alberto "Chitis" Escovar who returned from an injury Saturday only to re-aggravate it.

That leaves the Heat without their top two goal scorers.

Also shown a red card and missing the Patriots game is Joel Perez.

His early exit didn't sit well with the team.

The referee showed Perez a yellow in the 87 minute and apparently thought it was his second yellow of the game.

The yellow should've been his first.

In all the Heat were shown six yellow cards, with goalie Ryan Cooper earning his first off the season after having a word with the referee at the end of regulation.

The Leones were shown three yellow cards.

The Leones tied the game with a goal by Jad Masri in compensation time of the first half. Masri knocked in a free kick for the equalizer.

The El Paso Patriots (4-2-0, 12) are now in sole possession of first place in the mid south division.

The Heat play four of their next five games at the Texas A&M International soccer complex.