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Saturday, December 15
Parkway Tournament Cut Short After Heavy Rains

Caddo Magnet picked up two wins in two games at the Parkway Tournament, but there will be no chance to defend its title as the tournament has been rained out. With steady light rain falling during the late Friday games the skies opened up overnight and rendered the fields unplayable for Saturday's conclusion.  The Mustangs were one of three teams to win its first two games in the tournament (host Parkway and Calvary were the others) but it all goes for naught.

In its first bracket match on Friday afternoon Caddo Magnet faced Menard High School, a division III Top-10 program from Alexandria. Coach Radi opened with a different line-up from the usual and went with variations throughout the match. For most of the first half play was fairly even with good efforts but no serious threats from either side. Shots from both sides were seldom and generally no challenge for the keepers. But in the 26th minute midfielder Zach Kelly fired a nice 25-yarder from the middle of the field to put the Mustangs on the board. Assisting was forward Adam West. The second half began much faster with more deliberate ball movement from the Caddo side, and in the 33rd minute West was able to slip one in from about ten yards out following a Jimmy Cowles pass. But that would be the extent of the scoring as the Mustangs were able to produce only a couple more opportunities for the remainder of the match. Menard’s fortunes never changed despite fairly strong play throughout the match as the Mustang defense held strong. Their best chance came late in the match with an unsuccessful direct kick from about about 20 - 25 yards out. Final score – 2 to 0.

The second match of the evening was against district foe Airline - again a different line-up, but this time with almost immediate results. In the second minute forward Victor Leuck, who usually plays a defensive position, took a pass from Kelly and with a nice outside pivot sent one past his defender into the net. Two minutes later West would shock the keeper with a 25-yard rocket from the middle of the field. With Airline now concentrating more on defense the Mustangs began to pour it on for the remainder of the half with goals from Cowles in the tenth minute (Kelly assist), Kelly with one from straight on in the 16th, West with a very nice chip over the goalkeeper in the 18th, and finally Spencer Johnson with a short soft lob over the keeper just before the half. (This score followed a corner kick that lingered too long in front of the goal.) During the first half Airline picked up a score with a successful pk conversion. By halftime the score was 6 to 1 with the Mustangs managing eight shots-on-goal while holding the Vikings to their single pk shot. In the second half both sides would get two more goals on a very sloppy field. One of the Mustang goals came at the end of a very nice transition that involved at least six players, with Dorian Long finishing after a nice pass from Jordan Mitchell. Caddo Magnet’s last goal came from Johnson who picked up his second score of the match in the 44th minute. Final score 8 to 3.

With the two wins the team was looking forward to moving out of bracket the next day, but then the heavy overnight rains came, canceling the remainder of the tournament. Next up for the Mustangs is a friendly in Natchitoches before heading down to Covington for the St. Paul’s Tournament at the end of the month.

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