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Heat falls at home

Heat falls at home

2-0 score to leave the Heat shut out

By Zach Smith
Laredo Morning Times

Returning home for the first time after a month-long seven-game road trip, the Heat’s offense couldn’t right the ship. Despite periods of attacking success, Laredo suffered a 2-0 loss to Albuquerque Thursday night.

The defeat puts the Heat two points out of a playoff spot with four games remaining. They’ve lost three in a row, all in shutout fashion. It’s been nearly 300 minutes since the Heat (3-5-2, 11 points) last scored a goal.

Laredo played with the Sol for much of the game but the two goals for Albuquerque came on a miscommunication and counterattack. The Sol (8-1-1, 25) scored midway thorough the first half and successfully parked the bus on the Heat offense in the second period. They added an insurance goal with a little more than 10 minutes to play to put the match out of reach.

Laredo goalkeeper Patrick Satoire started his first game of the season in goal while Frank Lara and Jose Soto made an appearance for the first time in the last four games. Forward Dan Johns also started on the bench for the first time in his young Heat career.

After playing in more of an attacking role the last time Laredo and Albuquerque faced off — a 2-0 win for the Sol on June 18 —Kean Lewis was pushed to the front line with Soto and Salvador Luna while Leon Taylor moved back to midfield.

Lewis continued to press the Sol as he did when the teams met in New Mexico.

He stayed upright and did a 360 around three Sol defenders 15 minutes in, but his shot went high and wide.

Albuquerque finally broke through in the 25th minute. After some miscommunication on the Laredo back line, a Sol shot bounced off Satire and rolled in front of net where the trailing forward was there to slot it home.

Despite early struggles with turnovers, Lara played well in his first game back. The communication between he and Lewis on the left side was second to none

Laredo was arguably the better team in the first half. At times, their combination on the left kept Albuquerque defenders standing but the struggles in the attacking third continued. Things didn’t get much better in the second half.

The Sol had 10 men behind the ball for most of the period. When the subtitute Johns had a wide open net, he waited too long and sent a shot right at the Albuquerque keeper.

Lewis sent a free kick right at the net two minutes later but it was smothered by the keeper.

With so many Heat players pressing forward, the Sol took advantage. Hernandez, a central defender, was at midfield when Albuquerque’s Luke Lawrence split the Laredo defense and blasted a shot past Satorie.

The Heat finish the season with four crucial home games beginning with the basement-dwelling Houston Dutch Lions (1-5-1, 4) on Saturday at 8 p.m. They end the year with three games over a span of seven days from June 10 to June 16.

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