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Late Goals Salvage Win for Gateway City Club

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Laredo Escapes from Midland with Three Points

Midland, TX (Thursday, July 12, 2012): Three second half goals by the Laredo Heat (9 – 3 – 3 / 30 points) was what was needed to beat a pesky West Texas Sockers (2 – 7 – 6 / 12 points) side in their home field on Thursday evening by a score of 3 – 1.

 The win puts Laredo on top of the Mid-South Division once again, just one point ahead of the Austin Aztex.

 After both teams could not find the back of the net during the 1st half and ended up going into the locker room at halftime tied at zeros, the visiting team was finally able to get on the scoreboard in minute 64 when Midfielder Luis de la Vega chipped West Texas Keeper Alonso Jimenez to give Laredo a 1 – 0 lead.

 Laredo could have gone into the half leading 1 – 0 when they were awarded a penalty kick in the 43th minute but Forward Juan Nava was denied by West Texas Keeper Alonso Jimenez who was at the end of the match their Player of the Game.

 Just a few minutes before, Laredo had three golden chances to get on the board but all three attempts were saved, shot wide or found a way to hit the post.

 At minute 84, Heat Captain Juan de Dios Ibarra took a Luis de la Vega offering to give the visitors a 2 – 0 lead that at the time seemed to be a comfortable lead but a determined West Texas side would make it very interesting just a minute later when Jose Anchondo got the sphere passed Heat Goalkeeper Jesus Cisneros and just like that, the match was a 2 – 1 affair.

 In the 90th minute, Laredo was finally able to put the game away when Ibarra took a pass from Horacio Leal to give the visiting side a 3 – 1 lead that was not able to be overcome by West Texas due to simply not having enough time to pressure Laredo in the waning minutes of the match.

 “It was a total team effort tonight and it was good to see the team stick to the game plan when things did not work out in the first half”, said Heat Head Coach Fernando Hernandez.

 “Those were hectic minutes at the end of the game but the boys pulled through and defended well when they needed to. I have always said that West Texas is a tough team at home and whenever you play them, you have to be ready to give your best and our players did”.

 Hernandez concluded, “We got three very important points tonight away from home; however, our job is still not done and we need to head to El Paso tomorrow for a very important match versus the Patriots in their home field and once again, our players will be asked to perform in order to bring a division title to Laredo, which is a very big goal for the entire organization”.

 Current Mid-South Division Standings

Laredo Heat (9 – 3 – 3 / 30 points)

Austin Aztex (9 – 4 – 2, 29 points)

El Paso Patriots (6 – 6 – 2, 20 points) ***

Texas Dutch Lions (5 – 7 – 2, 17 points) ***

New Orleans Jesters (2 – 6 – 7, 13 points) ***

West Texas (Midland) Sockers (2 – 7 – 6, 12 points) ***

 *** Out of Playoff Contention

 Heat Super 20

The Laredo Heat Super 20 is also playoff bound after a successful regular season in the Mid-South Division’s Super 20 South Zone. The Super 20 will be heading to Bradenton, FL to compete in the United Soccer Leagues Super 20 Championship Tournament.

 Teams that have already qualified for the Super 20 Championships and that will be joining the Heat in Florida are: Westchester (NY) Flames, TSF (NJ) Academy, Reading United (PA) FC, Ironbound (NJ) SC, Alamo SC San Antonio, Texas Football Club (Dallas), Crew Juniors (OH), Chicago Fire, Waza (Detroit) FC, Ottawa Fury (Canada), Knoxville Soccer Academy, Triangle (NC) FC, Tampa Bay United and IMG Academy (FL).

 About the PDL

The top developmental men’s league in North American, the PDL features 73 teams in 2012 within four conferences across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. The PDL season consists of 16 regular season matches for each team, eight home and eight away, and 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 PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world.