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First-Half Goals Lead Heat Past Brilla

06/04/2015, 2:15pm EDT

Cortes, Johns both score as Laredo takes first of two meetings

PDL Game Report

Thursday, June 4, 2015 

CLINTON, Miss. - The Laredo Heat took a 2-1 victory against Mississippi Brilla on Thursday night in the first of two games between the clubs this weekend. Chuy Cortes and Dan Johns both scored in the first half, as Laredo moved into sole possession of second place in the PDL's Mid South Division.

Laredo opened the scoring early when Alan Reyna’s long pass was taken down perfectly by Cortes and slotted into the Brilla net in the 12th minute.

Laredo continued to press in the first half, and while Brilla moved the ball well, it failed to created any meaningful chances.

The Heat doubled their lead in the 42nd minute when Juan Ibarra’s cross found a wide-open Johns at the top of the Brilla penalty area. Johns collected the pass, and placed his shot by Brilla goalkeeper Jordan Bell.

Brilla made two substitutions during the halftime interval that proved to change the complexion of the match. Newcomers Sergio Royo and Carlos Garces came on in the midfield and the chances started to flow for the home side.

In the 72nd minute, Garces hammered a shot which was parried by Laredo goalkeeper Jorge Ortega, but the ball fell at the feet of Brilla’s Kellen Gulley, who tapped it in from close range to cut the Heat’s lead in half.

An equalizer looked all but certain when Gulley was fouled in the penalty area in the 76th minute to give Mississippi a penalty kick, but Brilla’s Eduardo Cruz had his shot saved by Ortega. Two point-blank follow-up shots by Brilla attackers failed to find the net, too, as the first hit the post and the second was saved by Ortega.

Brilla continued to hammer at the Laredo goal for the remaining mintues, but headers from Gulley and Royo couldn’t find their target and the Heat would hold on for the narrow victory.

The teams will turn around and play again Saturday night, June 6 at 7 p.m. CT at Clinton High School.

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