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Heat Rebound with Win in El Paso

Heat Rebound with Win in El Paso

May 17, 2009

For the Heat, having a short memory really helped this weekend. After losing in Midland to the expansion West Texas United Sockers 1 – 0 on Friday night, the Heat recovered nicely on Saturday night in El Paso by defeating the hometown Patriots 2 – 1 with a late goal in the 89th minute.

“As always, the game versus the Patriots was exciting and both sides played a great game of soccer”, said Heat General Manager J.J. Vela.

“Coach Collazo and the team did a great job in preparing a game plan for the Patriots and best of all, having a short memory came in handy”.

Vela concluded, “This was a great win this early in the season away from home. Congratulations to the team and the coaching staff.

The Heat got things going early when forward Esteban Bayona received a beautiful cross from Juan de Dios Ibarra in the 7th minute of the game that Bayona put into the back if the net with an excellent header.

The lead for the Heat lasted for only a few minutes when Patriot midfielder Enrique Cervantes tied the game up in the 22nd minute.

The game went into the half tied at one.

The second half started off sluggish for both squads and both teams started picking up the pace in the 70th minute.

It wasn’t until late in the game when Bayona once again, receiving a well placed pass from Dany Galvan got a shot pass Patriot goalkeeper and former Heat player Jorge Muniz in the 89th minute. The shot by Bayona was actually a laser that Muniz didn’t even see coming.

Overall, the Heat road trip to West Texas was fairly successful with the team returning to Laredo with four points for the standings.

The Heat will now host the Houston Leones at Texas A&M International University on Friday, May 22nd. Kick-off is set for 8:00 PM.