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Sunday, December 17
Caddo Magnet Takes Top Prize at Parkway Tournament
The Mustangs completed its assault on the opposition with a hard-fought 3 to 0 win over Airline to win the Parkway Tournament. The first half was fast-paced with Magnet earning numerous early scoring chances but coming up short each time. The half ending scoreless, marking the first time in the tournament that Magnet had been held to no goals at the half. But the Mustangs struck early in the second half with two scores within five minutes of the whistle, the first from Ethan Colbert on a penalty kick and the second from a very well-played pass from Colbert to Steven Bush in front of the goal. Eric Johnson finished the scoring in the last minute on the game with an equally beautiful one-touch set up with a Jimmy Cowles pass. The Mustangs finished the tournament with five wins against no losses and twenty-three goals made while giving up one. A common theme throughout the tournament for the Mustangs was dominating midfield play that provided the front line with plenty of scoring chances and a stingy defense that allowed very few opportunities for the opponent. Congratulations to the entire squad on a great team performance and to Nick Flowers who was named tournament MVP. Following are recaps of the games leading up to the championship.

Caddo Magnet got strong performances from all areas Thursday night and cruised to a 5 to 0 shutout over Loyola College Prep in their first match of the Parkway Tournament. Magnet's strong midfield and defensive play in the first half had Loyola defending their end of the field for the most part. Despite several errant shots the Mustangs did find the net three times in the first half while allowing none. First half scores came from Adam West, Eric Johnson (assist by West), and Ethan Colbert (assist by Johnson). Caddo Magnet began the second half with multiple personnel changes, and Loyola responded with an elevated level of play, but Magnet had an answer to every challenge and thwarted any serious threat while getting two more goals from Nick Flowers (Jordan Abdehou assist) and Zach Kelly (Akeem Williams assist). The Flyers are a determined team of young talented athletes and will be a force in the near future, but Magnet was on its game tonight and just didn't give them many chances to put anything together.

In their second game on Friday night the Mustangs remained in control of bracket B with a 7 to 0 win over the Bearkats from Bossier High. The midfield again anchored the effort, allowing the opponent very little opportunity to cross the midline throughout the match. Scoring early for Magnet were Eric Johnson and Steven Bush with two goals each. The side maintained its strong play despite early and liberal substitutions throughout the match. Also scoring for the Mustangs were Dorian Long, Jordan Abdehou, and Jordan Mitchell. Nick Flowers, Micah Goodwin, and Mitchell earned assists during the contest.

The Mustangs met a fast and physical Ruston Team in their third bracket match of the tournament. Despite several early opportunities Magnet could not put the ball in the net and fell behind in the 10th minute as it gave up its only goal of the tournament. But that deficit lasted only a minute as Ethan Colbert came back with the tying score in the 11th minute. Zach Kelly assisted. Six minutes later Magnet took the lead as Nick Flowers scored off an Eric Johnson direct kick. Ruston seemed to lose some intensity in the second half but still manufactured a few opportunities but no scores. Magnet patiently moved the ball around very effectively and picked up a third score from Adam West (Steven Bush assist) near the conclusion of the match. Final 3 - 1. With the win the Mustangs advanced to the semifinals.

Magnet surprised Parkway with two quick scores in the 2nd and 3rd minutes of their semifinal match to put the tournament host in a hole early. Scoring first was Adam West (Zach Kelly assist) followed by Eric Johnson (West assist). Despite a determined effort from the Panthers the Mustangs maintained control throughout this match with strong midfield play and a smothering defense. Additional scores for Magnet came with Johnson's second goal (Steven Bush assist) in the first half, Nick Flowers' second half header off a long Akeem William's pass, and Alex Blandin's shot (Dorian Long assist) in the last minute of the contest. With its fourth tournament win the Mustangs advanced to the championship match against Airline.