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Sunday, February 4
Mustangs Out of Playoffs in Overtime Heartbreaker
The state’s #4 Lafayette Lions came into Shreveport to face the #6 Mustangs and handed the home team a 2 to 1 loss in the fourth overtime period. Both teams were in high gear early with each side manufacturing some scoring opportunities, but at halftime neither team had managed a score. At that point Lafayette held the edge in shots-on-goal with five to Magnet’s one. But it would be the Mustangs to get on the board early in the second half after Eric Johnson was stopped on a breakaway. Ethan Colbert took the deflection and blasted a looping 45-yarder into an empty net. The keeper had rushed out to stop Johnson at the top of the box and could not recover quickly enough to stop Colbert’s shot. In the 50th minute Lafayette would get the equalizer on a goal resulting from a direct kick. The ball was arced into the box, and the ensuing shot was deflected off a defender into the far corner of the net. Magnet held the edge in chances in regulation from this point on with two shots-on-goal to none for Lafayette, and the good guys came close on a volley in the box off a direct kick that was barely wide, but the game ended at 1 to 1.

The first overtime period resulted in no shots-on-goal for either side despite lots of movement up and down the field.   Lafayette almost scored in the second overtime period as the attacker was able to head the ball over onrushing keeper Chris Hilario, but defender Luke Snow quickly retreated and cleared the ball at the last second. Lafayette would get another attempt from close in off a cross minutes later, but the one-touch sailed wide. In the ninth minute of the second overtime a Lafayette player was red-carded resulting in their having to finish the match a man down, but Magnet could not capitalize, so the game went to golden goal overtime.

The first five-minute golden goal passed with no score, but in the second minute of the second overtime Lafayette broke loose on the right side of the field and was able to get behind the defense and put one past the keeper from close in to end the game.

This was an exciting game played between two very deserving post-season participants. It was truly unfortunate that either team would have to lose this one. With the loss the Mustangs exit the playoffs in the first round for the second year in a row.   

Coach Radi Baltov's young team gave the Caddo Magnet family and fans a wonderful and enjoyable season. With only two senior starters in co-captains Eric Johnson and Micah Goodwin they accomplished much, including winning district with an unbeaten district record, advancement to the semifinal round in all three of its tournaments, and one tournament championship. The team produced the District One top scorer in Eric Johnson and the assist leader in sophomore Zach Kelly. The team produced 15 shutouts in 27 games, with keeper Chris Hilario in net for 14 of those. With nine starters returning next year, we look forward to another exciting year of Mustang soccer ! In addition to Johnson and Goodwin the team bids farewell to seniors Devon Iles and Akeem Williams. The Times published this article.