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Making history

Making history

Heat earn 1st Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup win

By Matthew Goricki

Laredo Morning Times
Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 2:44 AM CDT
All the Laredo Heat had to do to win their first round game against the ASC New Stars was hold on to a 2-1 lead for the final three minutes of extra time.

The Heat failed in that task, but still managed to eke out a 4-2 victory in overtime at Texas A&M International on Tuesday.

Laredo will play in the second round of the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament against the San Antonio Scorpions next Tuesday.

Reserve forward Placide Buduri gave the victory back to Laredo after the Heat botched their first chance at a win.

Nine minutes into the first overtime, a crossing pass found Buduri, who kicked the ball past New Stars goalkeeper Aramik Allahverdian.

Buduri added an insurance goal with a minute left.

The New Stars, an amateur team based out of Houston, made the game as stressful as possible for Heat players and coach Fernando Hernandez.

The Heat held a 2-1 lead for nearly the entire second half until defenseman Peter Kozlowski evened the score at 2.

A corner kick went to Kozlowski after a bounce off the ground and he blasted the ball past Heat goalkeeper Emmanuel Frias. Regulation ended one minute later.

Less than two minutes into the second half, Irving Villanueva scored from inside the box to give the Heat a one-goal advantage.

Despite numerous quality scoring chances, the Heat couldn’t add an extra goal.

The best opportunity came at the 78th minute when a perfect leading pass from Martin Moreno found Eduardo Gonzalez.

Allahverdian came out about four yards from the net and made a great diving save off his body on Gonzalez’s shot from nine yards out.

The ball bounced right back to Gonzalez, but he couldn’t get another clear shot at the net as a couple New Stars defenders swarmed him.

In the first half, both teams had a few good scoring chances, but the Heat struck first.

Following a New Stars foul in the box 10:35 into the game, Heat forward Ernesto Serrato was awarded a penalty kick against Allahverdian.

Serrato came out on top of that match-up when he kicked a low shot to the corner of the net past a diving Allahverdian.

Eleven minutes later, the Heat had another great opportunity when a rebound found the feet of midfielder Max Gunderson but, eight yards away from the keeper, he belted the ball well over the net.

The New Stars evened the score at the 27:30 mark when Lucas Simmon found the net from 10 yards out after a solid pass.

Only two minutes later, the New Stars had a shot at going up by one when Marcos Carrizales advanced past the Heat defense with some solid speed and footwork.

A pass by Carrizales found Salvador Lopez in front of the net, but Lopez missed wide right from six yards out.

Another Gunderson opportunity went awry at the 32-minute mark when a 4-yard shot hit the side of the net.

A minute after Gunderson’s miss, Allahverdian made a diving stop on a shot by Juan de Dios Ibarra.

The Heat controlled much of the ball possession in the first half, a tactic Hernandez often tries to employ.

Early on, the New Stars used long passes to try to get by the Heat defense, which worked twice.

In the opening three minutes, one shot went wide left and another wide right after passes that traveled well over 30 yards in the air.