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Heat fall in Austin

Heat fall in Austin

lose 1-0 to Aztex

By CLARA SANDOVAL
LAREDO MORNING TIMES

AUSTIN — It has been a week that the LaredoHeat would like to forget after dropping their second consecutive game in less than five days.

The Heat opened the week with a heartbreaking loss in Fort Lauderdale, eliminating them from the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. They turned around after a long trip back to Austin to take on the Aztex, who have yet to lose a game in this young season.

Saturday things did not fare much better for the Heat as the hostile crowd at House Park Field made sure to let Laredo know that they were not welcome in the Texas Capitol.

The Heat fell to the Aztex 1-0 when Seth Casiple scored in the 58th minute to stay in second place Premier Developmental League Mid-South Division. Laredo tumbles to 1-1-1 on the season, while Austin stays perfect in league play with a record of 3-0.

The Casiple goal was all Austin would need for the victory as they held off any Heat surge to the goal with a defense that played hard in both halves.

"This was a hard game on both sides of the ball," Heat coach Fernando Hernandez said. "It was a free kick where they got the goal and the field is not what we are used to playing on so it interferes with our touches on the ball."

Laredo’s trip to Florida and the quick turn around to Austin wore on the Heat, who came out sluggish while the Aztex took advantage.

"It does have some consequences," Hernandez said. "The tiredness from the trip from the game, but despite that we tried to play." Laredo played on their heels for the entire game as the Aztex controlled the flow of the game with their crisp passing which the Heat could not contain.

Laredo’s defense was tested consistently throughout the first half by the Aztex offense, especially goalkeeper Emmanuel Frias — who had four first half saves and finished with 12 in the game.

Within 10 minutes of the game, Sito Seone took a shot at the goal that ricocheted off the top crossbar just out the reach of Frias. The Aztex outshot Laredo 9-3 while the Heat had 11 fouls and Austin had nine.

The Heat offense was nowhere to be found with some sluggish passing that was quickly intercepted by the Aztex.

"The offense looked not coordinated," Hernandez said. "The tiredness and the field with it being wet and artificial surfaces will always affect a team which has a ground game."

Laredo drew two yellow cards from Greg Mulamba in the 25th minute and Lopez in the 56th minute.