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Heat beats RGV Grandes 5-1

Heat beats RGV Grandes 5-1

Friday May 6, 2011 - Heat beats RGV Grandes 5-1

Heat Open 2011 PDL Season with a Victory Over Expansion RGV FC

Four Different Players Get on the Scoresheet

LAREDO, Texas (Saturday, May 7, 2011): The Laredo Heat (1 – 0 – 0, 3 points) wasted no time in washing the taste of last year’s first round playoff exit from its mouth when it hosted the Rio Grande Valley Grandes FC Friday night in its Premier Development League (PDL) season opener at the Texas A&M International Soccer Complex.

The Heat opened the contest with a breakaway goal from Damian Lopez in the third minute of the night and ran away with the contest from there, winning by a score of 5-1 when all was said and done.

The Grandes (0 – 1 – 0, 0 points) were held off the board until the game’s 66th minute when Alfonso Cavazos scored for the visiting team on a beautifully placed free kick into the box.

Laredo swiftly snuffed out any hopes at a rally, however, by retaliating mere minutes later when Esteban Bayona delivered a rocket of a score from the left edge of the Grandes goalie box.

The score was Bayona’s second of the night.

Reynol Fuentes and Edwardo Gonzalez also contributed goals for Laredo.

Last night’s win bodes well for the Heat, as it will face the Grandes three more times over the course of the summer’s 16 PDL game season.

The Heat return to the pitch Friday night May 13th when the West Texas United (Midland) Sockers (1 – 1 – 0, 3 points) come to town for the start of the only back to back weekend of the year. On Saturday evening, the Chivas El Paso Patriots (1 – 1 – 0, 3 points) will complete the weekend set of games. Both games will be Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Qualifying Games for the Laredo Heat and visiting teams.

The Heat will continue with its partnership with Chick-Fil-A Mall del Norte of giving away a free regular Chick-FIl-A chicken sandwich to all fans that purchase a ticket to their home games when the Heat scores three or more goals.

Scoring Summary:

Laredo – Damian Lopez (minute 3)

Laredo – Reynol Fuentes (minute 25)

Laredo – Esteban Bayona (minute 41)

RGV – Alfonso Cavazos (minute 65)

Laredo – Esteban Bayona (Juan de Dios Ibarra) (minute 69)

Laredo – Eduardo Gonzalez (minute 74)

Laredo Heat: Rodrigo Avila, Leone Cruz (Omar Lopez 76), Carlos Ordaz, Edward Estrada, Ricardo Mejia, Damian Lopez (Eduardo Gonzalez 71), Daniel Galvan, Juan de Dios Ibarra (Max Gunderson 77), Reynol Fuentes (Gabriel Muñiz 78), Daniel Garza, Esteban Bayona (Felix Garcia 73)

RGV Grandes FC: Juan Gamboa, Jairo Castillo (Vivian Garza 46), Omar Apodaca, David Oteo, Brian Hardie, Jorge Cantu (Tyle Stansberry 80), Fredrik Ekvall, Oscar Valencia (Alexis Mina 46), Noe de los Santos (Alfonso Cavazos 46), Robert Alexe (Virgil Pena 46), Juan Nava

Misconduct Summary:

RGV Grandes FC – Robert Alexe (Caution, Unsporting Behavior, minute 37)

RGV Grandes FC – Alexis Mina (Ejection, Serious Foul Play, minute 81)

Referee: Hayden Edwards

Referee’s Assistants: Pedro Trejo and Alex Cantu

4th Official: Chris Gordon

Attendance: 1,204

Heat Updates / Injury Report

The Heat expect to have several players on their master roster that did not play Friday night, including three year starter Greg Mulamba that sat out in order to serve a one game suspension for getting booked with a red card in last season’s last playoff game in Jackson, MS. Nothing major in terms of injuries was reported from Friday’s match versus the RGV Bravos.

For additional information on the Laredo Heat Soccer Club, please visit our website at www.laredoheatsc.com or call the Heat office at 723 – 4700.