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Heat adds another 3 points

Heat adds another 3 points

Tames the Lions 5-0

By CLARA SANDOVAL
LAREDO MORNING TIMES


Homegrown product Daniel Garza scored two goals to help the Laredo Heat keep their playoff hopes alive, blanking Houston 5-0 at the Texas A&M International Soccer Complex in a key PremierDevelopmental League game.

Laredo (4-2-1) needed this victory to stay in contention and earned it with ball control and crisp passing from midfielders Placide Buduri and Greg Mulamba.

The first scoring opportunity came 15 minutes into the game as Laredo took the ball deep into Houston territory and came away with the first score of the game.

Garza took a pass from Ljubomir Kocic to score for a 1-0 lead. Kocic raced down the right side of the field and drew the attention of the Dutch Lions defense as he found a wide-open Garza.

Garza punched it into the net, inside the right upper corner, just above Houston goal keeper Jaimy Schaap. Laredo did not sit on its one-goal lead, doubling its score five minutes later as Houston was caught off balance.

With almost an identical play, the Heat utilized the same ammunition with a deep penetration into Dutch Lion territory.

This time it was Buduri who raced the right side and found Camilo Botero cutting in from the left side of the field. Botero took the cross and headed it in for a 2-0 lead into halftime. Laredo outshot Houston 6-1.

Things got rough in the first half as Houston’s Jelle Van Kruijssen was given a yellow card as he shoved Heat goal keeper Emmanuel Frias after clearing out a ball. It took several minutes before

Frias was able to get up and continue the game. Frustration started to set in during the first half, as Houston was called for five fouls. Laredo picked up three.

Van Kruijssen was Houston’s biggest offensive threat but was kept in check after scoring the only goal against Laredo in their first meeting of the season in Houston.

Laredo’s defense smoothered him as he attempted to break loose through the game. The Heat kept the ball away from Kruijssen and that was a key in keeping the Dutch Lions off the scoreboard.

Laredo did not skip a beat in the second half, scoring its third goal when Garza — with one Houston defender hanging on his every move — let the sail toward the net. Schaap tipped the ball, but it had enough juice to get into the net for a commanding 3-0 lead.

The Heat kept pressing and had Schaap working hard. Laredo kept bringing the offensive heat with Yair Hernandez and Ian Barbosa, who scored goals late to secure the victory for Laredo.