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Heat Scores Three Points

Heat Scores Three Points

Wins at home

By ADAM GEIGERMAN
LAREDO MORNING  TIMES

The Laredo Heat could not be a stronger side when playing on their home pitch at the Texas A&M International Soccer Complex, having won their previous two home contests by a goal differential of 7-2.


That trend continued on Friday night when the El Paso Patriots came in as the bottom team in the Mid-South Division table. The left in that same position after Laredo (3-2-1, 10 points) won 3-1 to jump into third position by themselves, behind the Austin Aztex (5-0-0, 15 points) and Oklahoma City FC.


Laredo backlining Brazilian Felipe de Souza nodded a brace off a pair of set pieces. His two goals stood as the Heat’s third brace by its third player in two games.


Both Joao Monteiro and Daniel Galvan scored two goals on June 5 against Midland-Odessa.


De Souza’s first header came in the 22nd minute on a free kick from a foul on sideline speedster Leon Taylor.

Taylor was reduced out of play in front of the side official, setting the stage for Heat captain Juan de Dios Ibarra’s sling-shotted crossball.

Coming from the right side of the pitch to the diagonally running de Souza, a simple deflection was all that was needed to give Laredo the early lead.

It wouldn’t hold through the half though; El Paso’s Jose Moreno launched a laser-guided missile into Laredo goalkeeper Emmanuel Frias’ net in the second minute of compensation time to end the first half. The 25-yard blast was unsavable, by human standards, and slotted into the upper-90 of the nylon.

With the game again level, Laredo found its footing on the soggy and slick pitch, scoring the winner just three minutes into the second half.

Again, de Souza found himself thrown headfirst at an incoming cross. The delivery was again off Ibarra’s boot from the nearside corner on a corner kick.

Another neck flick resulted in another goal for the Heat.

De Souza’s fellow defender Camilo Botero scored the game’s final tally off a corner kick when he found the loose ball at his feet in the 90th minute.

The Heat next play on Friday at home against the Houston Dutch Lions, who visit for the first time this season. Laredo opened its Premier Development League season in Houston with a 1-1 draw