Sockers blank Laredo, 4-0 in PDL home opener

MIDLAND — After the opening half, it looked like a game that would come down to the wire. However, a second-half barrage of goals, led by super-sub Kamron Crow, helped the Sockers give the Laredo Heat one of the most lopsided losses in their franchise history, a 4-0 defeat. Both teams played very aggressively and that was reflected in the stat sheet as the two teams combined for 27 fouls and six yellow cards, five issued to Laredo. 
Following the five-goal second half against Houston, the Sockers offense looked to come out firing against Laredo. They produced multiple scoring opportunities, including a knuckling free-kick by Alberto Garcia that struck the post, but were unable to start the scoring summary in the first half. However, the name Andrew Fox is quickly becoming well-known in Midland for his ability to produce goals. Eight minutes into the second half, “Foxy” continued his hot streak to start the PDL season. Having scored or assisted a goal in every PDL contest, it didn’t come as a surprise to see Andrew Fox up first on the scoring summary. Following a corner kick, the ball found its way just outside the six-yard box at the feet of Josh Taylor. The Heat goalkeeper, Jorge Ortega, stepped toward Taylor, who then slotted a quick pass to his left, and Fox buried the pass one-time to give the Sockers a one-nil lead. 
Kamron Crow entered the game for Andrew Fox in the 53rd minute. Holding on to a one-goal lead, it was difficult to see Fox, the team’s point leader, take a seat for the rest of the match. However, Crow stepped on the field and decided to take the reins from there. Coming into the last ten minutes of play, the two sides had both been more urgent in their attacks on goal. A great save by Sockers F.C. goalkeeper Caleb Jenkins kept the score at one-nil, but no one in blue was comfortable yet. Then Troy McKerrell and Crow, both substitutes, decided to blow the game wide open. Playing opposite wings of each other, they perfectly executed two backdoor goals. The first goal was created by McKerrell by using his pace to create space on the right side. He was able to play a beautiful cross into the middle of the penalty area, and Crow was able to get in good position to find the back of the net for a two-goal lead. At that point, the Sockers felt comfortable with ten minutes remaining and two goals up on the Heat, but Crow wanted more. 
Just five minutes later, two familiar names etched themselves on the scoring summary once again. After a foul on Laredo, one of their 15 on the night, gave the Sockers a set piece within striking range. This season has seen multiple opportunities created and scored from the Sockers disciplined and creative set pieces. McKerrell, standing about 45 yards from goal, took a look up into the box to see where a man was open. He saw a very recognizable face. Once again, playing a magnificent ball off of his right foot, McKerrell found the running Crow about ten yards out inside the penalty area. Crow skillfully hit a one-time volley to get his second tally of the night. 
With the three-goal lead, the Sockers found themselves comfortably cruising to their third win of the young PDL season. However, every minute counts for these young athletes as they take advantage of their time on the pitch. Manny Lira decided he didn’t need too much time to make an impression. Four minutes was all he needed to be exact. In the 89th, minute Lira took the ball up the middle and then broke for the right side of the box. Lira sliced and diced his way into the penalty area, and, from there, it was routine. Lira buried the ball and the Heat with one swift kick. The 4-0 lead would hold up over injury time and give the Sockers a 3-0 start to the PDL season.
The Sockers will host the Houston Dutch Lions in their next match on June 4th at 7:30pm. The Sockers look to build on the 6-1 rout of the Dutch Lions in Houston on May 23rd.  It will be Thirsty Thursday at Grande Communications Stadium, so all beverages will be half price. The Dutch Lions are in town for two consecutive matches as they will follow up Thursday with a Saturday night kick-off, also here at Grande Communications Stadium. The gates will open at 7:00 pm on Thursday as the Sockers play the second of six consecutive home games.   


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