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Heat Dramatically Claim 1st Road Win

Heat Dramatically Claim 1st Road Win

Late heroics see Laredo past Albuquerque


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – In desperate need of maximum points to maintain their pace for the playoffs in the Premier Development League’s Mid-South Division, the Laredo Heat rose from an apparent draw to edge the Albuquerque Sol, 3-2, on Thursday night. The cross divisional match deals the Heat three points and a 3-2-2 (11 points) with a matchup for second place looming against the Midland-Odessa Sockers on Saturday.

The Heat featured a new-look lineup, primarily with Will Lukowski earning his first start in front of the goal. The hero of the match was Lukowski’s 90th minute substitute, though, as Adrian Padilla sacrificed his body on a goal-line save on the virtual last kick of the match.

The Heat appeared in control, as far as possession and shots on goal, but the Sol struck first off a 21st minute thrilling header by Nathaniel Pacheco.

Playing from a trailing position, the Heat pressured Albuquerque for 34 minutes before equalizing when Salvador “Chava” Luna slipped the Sol backline to face a 1-on-1 with Sol keeper Victor Rodriguez – who he took to the right, and slotted home an empty-net goal.

The Heat claimed a go-ahead goal off a Joao Monteiro wonderstrike from 25 yards out. His rocket blitzed by Rodriguez into the near-post net in the 70th minute. The Sol’s best player of the night, Travis Campbell, was shown his second yellow card, and a subsequent red card, just 45 seconds later – reducing the Sol to 10 men.

The reduction didn’t hold them too much, as Albuquerque scored in the 79th minute off a 20-yard howler past Lukowski.

With Laredo again trailing, the pressure mounted on the Sol. It burst into ecstasy for Laredo when late substitute Irving Villanueva mimicked Luna’s goal in the 86th minute by taking Rodriguez to the left on a 1-on-1. Villanueva buried the strike for Laredo’s first road win of the season.

The Heat next play Midland-Odessa on Saturday

Each home game will see the Heat offer four fans a chance at winning $500. If the randomly selected fans can bury an undefended penalty kick at halftime, they will win $400 for themselves and $100 to the evening’s selected benefactor.

About the PDL

The top developmental men’s league in North America, the 2014 PDL featured 64 teams within four conferences throughout the United States and Canada. The PDL season consists of 14 regular season matches for each team, seven home and seven away, and provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility. In addition to league play, PDL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various exhibitions. The PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world.

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