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Monday, February 11
Mustangs Back in the Semis !

Coach Radi Baltov's Caddo Magnet Mustangs defeated the Carencro Bears 3 to 0 last night to advance to the state semifinals for only the second time in school history. A big crowd was on hand for the quarterfinal matchup. In addition to a large showing of Caddo Magnet families and fans there were a lot of Shreve, Byrd, and Parkway soccer faithful in attendance as the town came together to pull for North Louisiana’s last hope for a boys’ state title.

The Mustangs set the tone early in the match with a couple of good chances in the first minute. Center midfielder Zach Kelly sent a pass to the left side of the goal for one shot and then seconds later Steven Bush crossed one into the 6-yard box. There were no scores for the effort but certainly a positive start for the Mustangs. Carencro got its first opportunity in the fifth minute on a corner kick but could do nothing with it. Throughout the first half the Carencro Bears got few touches and rarely threatened, and when they did the Mustang defense was quick to turn them around. Meanwhile, Caddo Magnet used the full width of the field to attack from all points.  Caddo Magnet showcased a beautiful passing game tonight, stringing ten or more passes together on several occasions.  Kelly got a lot of  touches and distributed the ball well throughout the evening. He and center mid Nick Flowers created several promising looks at the goal with passes down both flanks and many straight down the middle.  By the end of the first half the Mustangs had produced at least a dozen legitimate chances. Four or five of those should have resulted in scores but for adrenalin and nerves.  In the ninth minute Bush got a great opportunity in front of the goal, but he pushed the shot wide left – maybe a deflection. In the 16th minute he crossed a deep ball into the front of the goal. A Carencro defender deflected it out to Adam West who sent it over the crossbar. In the 24th minute Bush sent a through-pass to the top of the penalty box, but when Jimmy Cowles threatened a break-away the defender grabbed his jersey. The resulting free kick sailed over the crossbar. Near the close of the first half Flowers chipped a beautiful pass behind the defense giving Dorian Long a great look at the goal, but the shot went straight to the keeper. Minutes later Long had another great look at net in the 6-yard box but hit it wide left. He may still be thinking about that one. Carencro’s closest chance came on a throw-in. In an attempt to clear the ball the Mustang defender hit the ball into another defender with the ball deflecting back towards the upright, but keeper Chris Hilario quickly wrapped it up. In spite of the multiple opportunities the Mustangs went into halftime with the scoreless tie.

The second half started out with a 30-yard rocket from Kelly in the first minute, but it was stopped by the keeper. Carencro came out relying more on the long ball but still couldn't get anything going. The tempo slowed a bit from the first half, but the Mustangs continued to control the play. In the fourth minute the Mustangs finally got on the scoreboard. Defender Spencer Inman brought the ball up to start the attack. His through-pass was blocked back into his knee which sent the ball high over the defensive line.  Bush challenged the defender for the ball and sent a volley into the back of the net from ten yards out. About ten minutes later the Mustangs would get their second score. Forward Alex Blandin worked the ball to within 15 yards of the goal before sending in a low fastball that the keeper could not hang onto. Forward Victor Leuck had alertly followed the shot in and was there to punch the ball through before the keeper could recover.  The Mustangs got their final goal in the 31st minute on another attack originating from the back line. Inside defender Ethan Colbert brought the ball up to midfield following an interception. A pass to Kelly was quickly sent to outside mid Jordan Abdehou on the right sideline who quickly sent it back to Kelly in the middle who then found forward Alex Payne at the top of the box who feigned a drive towards the net but instead made a beautiful side pass to Bush who one-touched a 16-yard bullet past the diving keeper - an ugly sentence but another beautiful attack. The remaining minutes of the match were uneventful as Caddo Magnet got the victory to record its 26th win in 27 tries.  The match was cleanly played with one yellow card for Carencro and two for Caddo Magnet (one for arguing – we have to have that one ;>). There were no obvious cheap fouls from either side. Keeper Hilario recorded his 20th clean sheet of the season. The Mustangs now await the outcome of the St. Paul’s / Brother Martin match to determine their semifinal opponent. Regardless of the opponent the Mustangs will travel south one more time. Congratulations to Coach Kert Talley and all the Carencro folks on a fine rebuilding season that grew into a trip to the quarterfinals.

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