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Saturday, February 2
Mustangs Advance With 2 - 0 Shutout of New Iberia

The Caddo Magnet Mustangs jumped on New Iberia at the opening whistle and didn’t back off until they had their first score in the fourth minute of the contest. Outside mid Steven Bush sent a long looping shot in that was batted down into a crowded goal box and bumped around for a second or two before forward Victor Leuck sneaked it past the keeper. After that initial score, the remainder of the first half had the Mustangs showing very well and creating chance after chance but unable to convert again while keeping the Yellow Jackets behind their midline for the most part. New Iberia did create a few chances during this time, but only once could they turn the effort into their only shot at the goal during the first half. Meanwhile, the Mustangs were pelting the New Iberia keeper with shot after shot throughout the half. In addition, the Mustangs had multiple opportunities with four corner kicks and a couple of direct free kicks, but the first half ended with the good guys holding an insecure one-goal lead.

The second half started with New Iberia on the offensive, and in the 5th minute of the half they had their chance to draw even with a nice cross in front of the goal, but nobody was there to finish. It would be another five minutes before Caddo Magnet would get its first though unsuccessful crack at the goal in the second period. New Iberia put a big scare in the Caddo crowd in the 55th minute when an opportunistic New Iberia forward intercepted a defender’s pass deep in Mustang territory and charged keeper Chris Hilario. As the shot was made Hilario stretched out into a low dive to bring the ball in – another beautiful ‘how-does-he-do-that !’ effort at close range. In the 67th minute the Mustangs came close to scoring following a corner kick when center mid Zach Kelly bounced one off the cross bar. He was not finished however. In the 74th minute he took a shot from the top of the penalty box, and when the ball deflected back to him he raced forward and sent a second shot into the far corner of the net from ten yards out. And with that came a huge collective sigh of relief from the Magnet fans – finally the insurance goal that they had been waiting for. New Iberia continued to put forth a strong effort for the remainder of the game, but the Mustangs kept their opponent out of the net to earn their 18th shutout in 25 games.

The Mustangs played aggressively but cleanly throughout the match finding themselves on the short end of many challenge fouls in both halves. One player did draw a yellow card for arguing in the closing minutes. The Yellow Jackets were also aggressive but got tagged with a yellow card for excessive rough play half-way through the second half. For the match the Mustangs held a wide advantage in possession, chances, and shots-on-goal (thirteen to three). With the 2 to 0 win, Coach Radi Baltov and Asst Coach Chicky Harter will take their 24-1-0 team south to Geismar (just past Baton Rouge) next week for second-round play-off action with the 14-10-4 Dutchtown Griffins.

New Iberia's The Daily Iberian had this article.

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