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Heat sweep the Lions at home

Heat sweep the Lions at home

Wins twice in Houston

By Zach Smith Laredo Morning Times

Kai Fernandes scored a goal with less than five minutes left in regulation to give the Heat a 2-1 win at Houston Saturday night for their second win in three days over the Dutch Lions.

Leon Taylor scored the first goal of the game nine minutes in but Houston equalized in the second half a minute after getting a red card. Laredo goalkeeper Jorge Ortega saved a penalty — his second such save of the season — in first half stoppage time.

At the halfway point of the season, the Heat are playing their best soccer so far. A 4-2 win against the Dutch Lions Thursday night coupled with this win means Laredo (4-3-2, 3-2-2 Mid-South) earns six points from the weekend and takes over sole possession of first place in the Mid-South division.

Angel Hernandez got in behind the Houston defense and shot the ball right at the keeper early on. Taylor was following him up and took control after the Houston keeper couldn’t grab hold of the ball and calmly slotted it home.

The Dutch Lions had a flurry of chances at the end of the first half, all dealt with by Ortega and the Laredo defense. On the counter, Chuy Cortes crossed a ball toward Dan Johns — who scored four goals Thursday night — but his header went just wide.

Three minutes into added time in the first half, Alex Mullet brought down a Dutch Lions player in the box. Mullet was shown a yellow card and Houston lined up for a penalty. Ortega saved a penalty in Laredo’s 2-1 win against Mississippi on June 4 and he did it again against Houston to preserve the halftime lead.

It didn’t take long for the Heat to show they were the more at tacking team in the second half. Cortes again streaked down the left side of the field and put a ball on the ground towards Johns that just clipped the keeper’s cleat. Taylornearly got a head on his second goal five minutes later after an other cross.

Houston was shown a red card in the 70th minute but that didn’t stop it from pushing forward. On its next attack, Ortega came out for the save but missed leaving the goal wide open for George Kelley to tie the game.

But the Heat didn’t stop pressing. After three chances were saved, Fernandes kept with it to give Laredo its second win in arow.

For the second straight game, both teams had a player shown a red card.

Bryan Estrada missed Saturday’s game after a red card Thursday night and Miguel Alvarado — who has played in every game this season for the Heat — will miss then next game after a red card Saturday.

The Heat head to Albuquerque for a non-division game against the Sol on Thursday night and finish off a seven-game road trip next Saturday against Midland.

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