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Heartbreaking loss

Heartbreaking loss

Heat goes into PK's


FORT LAUDERDALE — The Fort Lauderdale Strikers just needed to show some vigor.

Toni Stahl’s goal gave the Strikers, of the North American Soccer League, a 2-1 (7-6 in penalty kicks) victory over the Laredo Heat in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup second round match at Lockhart Stadium on Tuesday.

Matt Glaeser stopped consecutive shots from Genaro Hernandez and Gregory Mulamba to give Stahl the opportunity to win it. Stahl calmly placed his shot inside the left post for the goal.

The Strikers will host a third round match against FC Dallas of Major League Soccer on Tuesday at 7:30.

The Heat play in the Premier Development League, a fourth-tier semi-professional league. The NASL is second-tier, only under MLS.

After a first half of unattractive soccer, midfielder Mark Anderson gave the Strikers a breath of life. His goal in the 54th minute on an assist from Darnell King gave the Strikers a 1-0 lead. But they weren’t able to hold it.
Laredo played the final 24 minutes down a man when Daniel Galvan was give a red hard for a hard tackle. Still, Laredo managed of goal from defender Camilo Botero in the 83rd minute, tying the score at 1-1.

There was little offense from either side in the first half Anderson’s a left-footed shot just before the half was easily saved by Laredo keeper Emmanuel Frias.

Other than a couple of free kicks inside 30 yards, Laredo made no serious threat at the Strikers goal.

Neither team posed much of an offensive in the pair of 15-minute extratime periods either.

Laredo will next travel to Austin to face their Mid-South Division rival Aztex on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Heat return to the Texas A&M International Soccer Complex on June 5 to host the Midland-Odessa Sockers, a team they beat 2-0 last Friday at home.