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Laredo Downs New Orleans 3 - 1

Laredo Downs New Orleans 3 - 1

Friday May 27, 2011 - Laredo Downs New Orleans 3 - 1

Laredo Hands New Orleans Home Opening Game Loss

Three Heat Players Get on Scoresheet

New Orleans, Louisiana (Friday, May 27, 2011):

The Laredo Heat (4 – 1 – 0, 12 points) were able to score early in the first half and with a late goal in the second half, they were able to seal a 3 – 1 victory over the New Orleans Jesters (1 – 2 – 0, 3 points).

Esteban Bayona got the Heat on the board in the 5th minute of the contest when he received a nicely placed ball from Max Gunderson just inside and right of the 18 yard box. Bayona took the Gunderson serving and blasted it pass the outstretched arms of Jester goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell.

At the 26th minute mark, Forward Felix Garcia made his way around several Jester defenders and took a shot from about 15 yards out that struck the nylon on the upper top right corner of the goal.

The Heat were able to maintain the 2 – 0 lead well into the 1st half and into halftime.

During the 1st half, the home team was able to pressure Laredo and a few of the shots that they took came very close to finding the back of the net.

In the second half, New Orleans made the game very interesting when Forward Reece Wilson nailed a shot from about 18 yards out in the 69th minute that

got pass Heat netminder Maros Valko.

The scored remained 2 – 1 for the remainder of regulation time but in compensation time of the second half, 78th minute substitute Albert Escovar got his first goal of the season to make the score 3 – 1 in favor of the visitors.

Laredo outshot New Orleans 17 – 9 during the contest and several of those shots came close to opening up the game for the Gateway City team. Both Bayona and Escovar missed two golden opportunities when they missed at close range.

Starting Heat goalkeeper Rodrigo Avila was injured late in the first half when his head hit the Pan American Field turf floor after a crash with a Jester Forward. Avila was taken to Tulane Medical Center as a precaution and he has since rejoined his teammates at the team hotel. Avila was diagnosed with a mild concussion and will be out for a minimum of ten days in order to recuperate.

The Heat will be travelling to Baton Rouge on Saturday for their Sunday match-up in the Capital City of Louisiana after spending Friday night in New Orleans.

For game updates from Louisiana, fans can follow the Heat on both Twitter(@LaredoHeatSC) and Facebook (Laredo Heat Sc).


Laredo Heat SC @ New Orleans Jesters at Pan American Field at City Park

The Heat andJesters played their match at P an American Field located in historic City Park in New Orleans. Pan American Field was devastated when Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Crescent City in August of 2005. For the visiting team from Laredo, TX, it was nice to see the activity in the park once again after having seen the devastation to the area during the 2006 season.