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Tough Road Trip for Laredo Ends with One Point Earned

Tough Road Trip for Laredo Ends with One Point Earned

New Orleans Comes Back from 3 – 1 Deficit to Tie Heat

New Orleans, LA (Sunday, June 24, 2012): The Laredo Heat (6 – 2 – 2, 20 points) earned a tough point on the road with a 3 – 3 tie with the New Orleans Jesters (2 – 4 – 6, 12 points) at Pan American Stadium. Laredo continues to stay on top of the PDL’s Mid-South Division.

The Jesters jumped on the visiting Heat in the 26th minute when New Orleans native and University of Maryland standout Patrick Mullins converted off a Heat Goalkeeper Emmanuel Frias block that was not cleared properly and bounced twice before finding the back of the net.

Within the next seven minutes, Laredo scored twice to take a 2 -1 lead over the home side.

The equalizer for Laredo came from Forward Horacio Leal who took a New Orleans defensive miscue to chip Goalkeeper Pat Eavenson in the 31stminute.

And then just two minutes later, Heat Captain Juan de Dios Ibarra passed a beautiful through ball to 19 year old Danny Garza who converted to give Laredo a 2 – 1 lead that were able to hold all the way until the end of the first half.

In the 54th minute, Juan de Dios Ibarra scored a beautiful goal from about 25 yards out that found Jester Goalkeeper Eavenson off his line. At the time, the goal by Ibarra that made the score 3 -1 looked as if the Gateway City team would leave New Orleans with three points.

Thought down by two goals, the Crescent City team did not give up and in the 63rd minute, Emmanuel Yamson got his team to within one goal.

Nine minutes after the Yamson goal, 2nd half substitute Keletso Mosime found the back of the net to equalize the match at 3 – 3.

Laredo had several opportunities to get their fourth goal of the match when Ibarra and Juan Nava took several shots that were either shot directly at Eavenson or sailed over the crossbar.

“This was a tough road trip for us, earning just one point versus Austin and New Orleans, we have got to do better than that”, said Heat General Manager J.J. Vela.

“Though we have several games in-hand over the majority of our divisional opponents, we cannot squander these opportunities. Up 3 – 1 away from home and then walking away with a tie is something that we cannot let happen”.

Vela concluded, “Now, we have to re-group as we have the Austin Aztex and the West Texas Sockers at home this coming week and then New Orleans comes to Laredo for two games. We need to maximize the number of wins with this upcoming four game home stand”.


Current Mid-South Division Standings


Laredo Heat (6 – 2 – 2, 20 points)

Austin Aztex (5 – 4 – 2, 17 points)

El Paso Patriots (5 – 5 – 2, 17 points)

Texas Dutch Lions (4 – 7 – 1, 13 points)

New Orleans Jesters (2 – 4 – 6, 12 points)

West Texas (Midland) Sockers (2 – 2 – 5, 11 points)


Next Home Games

The Laredo Heat returns to play at home next week when they take on the Austin Aztex on Wednesday, June 27th and the West Texas Sockers on Thursday, June 28th. Both games will be played at the Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex and kick-off for both matches are scheduled for 8:00 P.M. Ticket prices for all Heat home games remain at $5.00 for adult general admission and kids 12 and under only pay $1.00 plus VIP tickets are only $20.00 for both adults and children.



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.

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.