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Monday, December 4
Magnet Mustangs Start Hot But Go Home Early at Sulphur Tourney
Caddo Magnet looked invincible in its first two matches of the December 2006 Sulphur Tournament as they scored six times while allowing none. With masterful passing using the width of the field, they played 90% of the two matches on the opponents’ side and never allowed a single shot-on-goal.

In the first match against Lake Charles’ Sam Houston High School Caddo Magnet got goals from Steven Bush and Eric Johnson to win 3 to 0. The initial goal came in the first minute of play as left mid-fielder Ethan Colbert, working from the near sideline, sent a long pass across the goal to Steven Bush who quickly volleyed a beautiful shot into the far side of the net. The two paired up fifteen minutes later as Colbert sent a nice lead pass in from the middle to Bush who out-muscled his defender to collect his second goal of the match. Before the first half ended mid-fielder Nick Flowers crossed a hot pass into the box to a leaping Eric Johnson who headed the shot in from close range. The Mustangs began the second half with many starters resting. Maintaining their defensive dominance for the remainder of the match, the offense was unable to cash in despite surpassing the first half shot total. Final score 3 to 0. Forward Adam West sustained an ankle injury in the first half and was lost for the remainder of the tournament.

The second match against Episcopal School of Acadiana went much like the first. The scoring began in the 13th minute as mid-fielder Zach Kelly sent a pass to forward Eric Johnson in front of the net who quickly sent it in. The remainder of the first half was a show of excellent ball movement but no additional scoring. Five minutes into the second half Kelly again found Johnson for Magnet’s second score of the match. From that point on most of the match was played with a lot of help from the bench. Magnet would get its third goal in the 51st minute as Eric Johnson notched the hat trick with his 3rd goal of the match. This one came on a very nice pass from Jordan Mitchell. Defender Micah Goodwin ran down and cleared ESA’s only serious threat in the final minute to preserve the team’s second 3 to 0 shutout.

After breezing through the first two bracket games untouched, Caddo Magnet found itself down early in its third match against a very opportunistic Sulphur team. The Mustangs were able to hold the possession edge by a wide margin and had several ‘coulda – shouldas’ but were never able to take control of this game.   Sulphur converted their rare chances into goals and had Caddo Magnet playing catch-up for the entire contest. The defense gave up an uncharacteristic four goals while the offense could only muster two. Magnet’s first goal came in the 16th minute as Zach Kelly took a long pass from Steven Bush in a crowd and quickly sent it to the back of the net. Magnet’s second goal came in the second half as Jimmy Cowles sent one in from the top of the box. But that’s all they would get as the game ended 2 to 4 in favor of Sulphur. Even with the one loss the Mustangs advanced to the semi-final round as the wildcard team.

When the team took the field an hour later for its semi-final match it became evident how costly the Sulphur loss had been. Having played the entire third match with limited substitutions the starters were running on fumes, and within thirteen minutes of the onset of the match they were two goals down to semi-final bracket top seed Captain Shreve. Those goals were the only two that the defense would give up in this game, but unfortunately the snap was gone for Caddo Magnet. Both teams played fairly evenly throughout the remainder of the match with each finishing with six shots-on-goal. Caddo Magnet did manage one goal from Eric Johnson in the 22nd minute, but Captain Shreve made its two early goals stand up for the 2 to 1 win. Congratulations to Matt Smith’s Gators for advancing to the finals and eventually taking the top prize over DeRidder 2 to 1.

Caddo Magnet displayed a lot of team talent in the first half of this tournament and tremendous courage in the final half when things started unraveling. With the bulk of the season still ahead and almost every starter having prior big-game club experience there is little doubt that this team will enjoy continued success, but this tournament showed that there’s plenty of room for improvement. The Mustangs will play district matches during the next couple of weeks before returning to tournament action in the Dec 14th Parkway Tournament.