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Heat escapes West Texas

Heat escapes West Texas

Friday May 13, 2011 - Heat escapes West Texas

Late Goal Lifts Heat Over West Texas United

Laredo 1 – 0 – 0 in Open Cup Qualifying


LAREDO, Texas (Friday, May 13, 2011): An early goal in the third minute by the Sockers Mariano Sapien took the air out of the crowd at the Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex and that shock lasted up until the half as West Texas United (1 – 2 – 0, 3 points), led by their outstanding goalkeeper Leif Craddack, held on to their 1 – 0 lead though the home side was dominating the ball possession aspect of the match.


It wasn’t until 13 minutes into the second half that the home side equalized when Mid-fielder Armando Begines found the back of the net by placing a header off a corner kick that bounced around the six yard box.


As the game continued, it looked as if the Laredo Heat (2 – 0 – 0, 6 points) would have to settle for a tie with the Midland based team but late game heroics brought the home crowd up on its feet.


In the 87th minute, Defender Leone Cruz took a beautifully placed cross from 19 year old local sensation Danny Garza that finally got past the outstretched arms of Craddack and gave the Heat the 2 – 1 victory.


The final seven minutes of the game (three regular and four additional) were hectic as West Texas United tried to press into the Heat defensive backfield but was unsuccessful in getting past the veteran backline.


“This was a tough game, we started slow but I really liked the resiliency that the boys showed the entire game”, said Heat Coach Israel Collazo.


Collazo concluded, “We knew that West Texas United would not be an easy match because over the past three years, they always show up to play. Now we have less than 24 hours to get ready for our second game of the weekend as the Chivas El Paso Patriots will come looking for a win here in our home. I hope we get the same support from our fan base as we got today because the team really feeds off their energy”.


With their win this evening over West Texas United, the Heat are 1 – 0 – 0 and plus one in their goal differential in trying to qualify into the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The remaining U.S. Open Cup Qualifying Games for the Heat are versus the Chivas El Paso Patriots at home tomorrow Saturday, May 15th and versus the New Orleans Jesters and Baton Rouge Capitals in Louisiana later this month.


About the PDL


The top U23 men’s league in North America, the PDL provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility. In addition to league play, PDL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various exhibitions. The USL Premier Development League has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world.


United Soccer Leagues

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, United Soccer Leagues has become the largest organization of elite-level soccer leagues in North America by building on the vision, commitment, and passion of players, fans and investors. Now in its third decade of operation, USL continues to be a driving force in the growth of soccer in the United States, Canada and Caribbean. USL provides a clearly defined path for the progression of male and female soccer players beginning at the youth level (USL Super Y-League/USL Super-20 League), continuing through the amateur level (USL Premier Development League/USL W-League) and up to the professional level, both outdoor and indoor (USL PRO, I-League). A platform for countless players to reach for their dreams each year, USL is devoted to developing the sport at the grassroots level in every community across the region.

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.