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Heat drops first away game

Heat drops first away game

Routed 4-0

By Zach Smith
Laredo Morning Times

The Laredo Heat couldn’t outlast an offensive onslaught in Midland  and fell 4-0 to the Midland Sockers Saturday night.

Midland scored a quartet of second half goals to stay undefeated and keep Laredo winless three games into the regular season.

The Heat have been outscored 6-2 this season and have yet to put  a full 90 minutes  of soccer together.

The game saw the Laredo debut for forward Dan Johns who played at Midwestern State with the Heat’s Leon Taylor.

Johns cracked the starting lineup in his first game and was the most dangerous attacker until   he was replaced in the second half.

It was all Midland in the  first  half. The first real offensive attack Laredo had in the period was called to a halt after Taylor was whistled offside. Johns had a wide-opengoal 30 minutes in but his shot the only one for the Heat in the first half — was saved by a diving keeper.

Jorge Ortega had some of his own heroics in a first half filled with a flurry of Sockers chances on the Heat net.

A free kick from 30 yards out forced the Monterrey native into an all-out diving save to the  right.

The Sockers constantly peppered the net in the half. A Midland forward got past the Heat back and was one-on-one    with    Ortega before hitting the post with his shot.

The second half   was   more back and forth, but Midland finally broke the deadlock less than 10 minutes into the second half. After a pass split the Laredo defense, Andy Fox tapped it in from right in front of the net.

There was nothing Ortega could do.

Laredo went all out on   the attack looking for the equalizer led by second half substitute Chuy Cortes.

The second goal for the Sockers came after Laredo had most of its players forward with 10 minutes left. Laredo was slow to get back and  Midland beat Ortega on the far post to  double the score.

Midland tacked on the third goal off a free kick from 35 yards out five minutes  later. The loss means the Heat are still tied for second place in the Mid-South standings with the Mississippi Brilla, seven points behind Midland.

The Brilla have played one fewer game than the  Heat.

Laredo will travel to Mississippi for two games on Thursday and Saturday against the Brilla before heading to Houston for a two-game set with the Dutch Lions the following week.

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