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Last minute goal by Heat

The Laredo Heat were watching their season slip away on Wednesday night at Midland-Odessa, trailing the Sockers FC 1-0 with four minutes of added time.

With a loss, the Heat would have dropped their fourth game of the season — something they haven’t done since 2010.

But a midfielding miracle occurred in the second minute of added time, when Felipe de Souza buried a bullet from 35 yards out to equalize and steal a road point for Laredo with a 1-1 draw.

After a minutes-long scuffle between the Heat and Sockers, Laredo keeper Emmanuel Frias lifted a goal kick toward the center circle.

Texas A&M International alumnus and Laredo veteran Greg Mulamba nodded it forward, where de Souza collected it on the bounce.

With a break-neck sense of urgency, de Souza flicked the ball over his own shoulder and thrashed his volley into the upper corner of the net.

Sockers goalkeeper Robin Allard extended helplessly toward the unsavable assault.

Laredo ( 4-2-2, 14 points) stays in third place on the table, while Midland-Odessa (3-4-2, 11 points) keeps pace in fourth.

Only the top two teams qualify for the playoffs as the Mid-South Division’s representatives.

Laredo is the defending Mid-South champion, but hold little chance of catching the undefeated Austin Aztex (7-0-1, 22 points).

Oklahoma City FC (5-3-1, 16 points) is in second and within reach of Laredo.

Former Heat forward Juan Navas applied pressure to Laredo, scoring in the 61st minute on a 1-on-1 with Frias thanks to a counter attack that caught Laredo to high on the pitch.

Nava entered as a substitute for the Sockers in the 53rd minute.

The Heat get back into action on Saturday against El Paso — the cellar dwellers of the league table.

The Patriots have allowed visitors to net 14 goals at Patriot Soccer Stadium, while only scoring three in four home games.

According to the Heat’s Twitter account, United alumnus and goals-scored team-leader Daniel Garza was named an honorable mention on the Premier Development League’s Team of the Week. Mulamba shared the same honor.

The United alumnus and former TAMIU forward is also tied for 16th in the league for total points earned by way of his six goals and one assist on 11 shots on target.

Garza has scored in three of the Heat’s last four games, netting five goals in June alone — with two games still remaining in the month.