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RECAP: Heat See Luna’s 4th Goal in 4 Games Fall Short

RECAP: Heat See Luna’s 4th Goal in 4 Games Fall Short

Laredo dominates Austin, but trips in 2-1 defeat

LAREDO, Texas – The Mid-South Division’s third place Laredo Heat hosted the table-topping Austin Aztex on Tuesday at the Texas A&M International Soccer Complex for a rematch of Saturday’s 1-0 Heat win. The margin of victory was identical, but the roles inverted as the Aztex (8-1-1, 25 points) survived waves of Laredo’s consistent attack via a 2-1 scoreline.

 

Laredo (4-3-3, 15 points) pushed natural outside fullback Salvador “Chava” Luna into a more positive position, hoping to ride his recent net-finding form to a crucial three points. Luna scored his fourth goal in as many matches, coming in the 45th minute, but it fell short of a result despite Laredo’s dominating possession-based offense.

An eventful first half crowded the scoresheet with all three goals and five of the total seven bookings coming in the first 45. Laredo punished Austin goalkeeper Devin Perales with four shots in the first half and eight more in the second – a 45-minute span that saw the normally fluid and ever-dangerous Aztex silenced with no shots while sitting 10 men behind the ball. Perales gloved six total saves while Austin took only four shots in the match – none resulting in a Laredo save by keeper Jorge Ortega.

The Aztex seized the lead in the 33 minute when Andrew Fox cruised unassisted to the back of the net. Their lead was doubled early in the first-half’s stoppage time, this time from Adam Black’s deft header off a one-bounce goal kick via Perales’ booming boot.

Seconds later, Heat left back Frank Lara pinpointed a pass to the full-stride Luna, who beat the Aztex for the second time this season. Luna scored the only goal in Saturday’s 1-0 victory, sealing the Aztex’s second loss since the 2013 season kicked off.

Since Austin joined the league in 2012, the Aztex and Heat have traded division crowns and second place finishes while Austin eliminated Laredo in last year’s Southern Conference final. Head-to-head, the Heat stand 4-0-6 against the Aztex, who will play in the United Soccer League’s Professional league.

Laredo now trails the Midland-Odessa Sockers (6-3-2, 20 points) by five points but hold a game in hand. Only the Mid-South’s top two finishers qualify for the Southern Conference playoffs – a qualification the Heat have never failed to achieve.

The Heat will next travel to Jackson, Miss., to face the Mississippi Brilla (2-5-2, 8 points) on July 5. The Brilla will then visit Laredo for a pair of matches in Laredo on July 10 and 12.

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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