Laredo Heat SC captain and center back Lewis Wilson was announced Friday as an honoree in the first NPSL Team of the Month awards for the 2022 season.
Laredo Heat SC center back and captain Lewis Wilson represented both Laredo and the Lone Star Conference as he was announced Friday as an honoree in the first National Premier Soccer League Team of the Month for the 2022 season.
The NPSL Team of the Month recognizes one goalkeeper, three defenders, four midfielders and three forwards as each of the 95 teams are allowed to nominate one player, and from there a fan vote determines the honorees.
Wilson played a crucial role in the Heat going 4-0-1 in May as all three of his header goals off set pieces were the deciding score in the game.
In the season opener, fellow defender Dimitrios Leonoglou placed a free kick into the box from 55 yards out, and Wilson got under it to place a header high over the keeper and into the far side of the net. The goal evened the match which finished in a 1-1 draw at the Corinthians SC of San Antonio.
Wilson also scored the opening goals in a pair of 4-0 victories at home over the Temple Coyotes FC and on the road against the CF10 Houston FC. Both game-winning goals came in the first half off corner kicks from forward Roberto Ordonez. Wilson also picked up an assist in a 5-1 victory over the Austin United FC as he centered a backwards pass in the box to Masaya Sekiguchi.
Along with his offensive exploits, Wilson has anchored the back line of the top defense in the Lone Star Conference. In May, the Heat posted three clean sheets in five matches as they outscored opponents 16-2. In the final three games of the month, Laredo held opponents to a combined two corner kicks.
Laredo improved to 5-1-1 and pulled within a point of first place in the Lone Star Conference as it recorded a fourth clean sheet Thursday winning 3-0 over the Lubbock Matadors at the TAMIU Soccer Complex. The Heat will move to the top of the table if the Corinthians SC of San Antonio (5-0-2, 17 points) lose or draw Saturday against the Austin United FC or lose Wednesday against FC Brownsville.
The Heat have another week off before traveling Saturday, June 18 for a 7:15 p.m. match against Brownsville (4-2-0, 12 points). Laredo won 2-0 at home in the first meeting with the Explorers.
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