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Caddo Magnet: Mustangs Advance to the Quarter Finals
Caddo Magnet boys need PKs, but move into quarterfinals
The Caddo Magnet Mustangs took two overtimes and penalty kicks to dispense of the Central Lafourche Trojans, 2-1, at Lee Hedges Stadium on Thursday night.
The Mustangs outshot Central Lafourche 4-2 in the penalty kick round with goals by Iza Zabaneh, Jackson Greenwald, Ben Leethy and Matt Miley. Goalkeeper Josh Gill stopped two on his birthday to advance to the quarterfinals.
Caddo Magnet head coach Peter Flowers credited his goalkeeper’s play and confidence of his team in the shootout.
“Credit to Central Lafourche. They had a game plan and executed it well,” Flowers said. “They scored on us early and put us on our heels first. We regrouped at the half and felt confident on how we approached the game. We created opportunities but really weren’t able to finish the one we wanted … we felt we had better chances although they may have had more shots. Anytime in playoff soccer, it’s always a toss-up. We’ve got an incredible goalkeeper in Josh Gill. We were confident going into the shootout and Josh came up with a save or two.”
Although this was as No. 5. (Caddo Magnet)-No. 12 (Central Lafourche) matchup, both teams played fairly even first half. The defense was evident as each team in the first half both teams combined for 46 throw-ins. The Mustangs slightly outshot their opponent 4-3 in the first half. One of those three shots in the 15th minute by Central Lafourche’s Jack Smith snuck past Gill as he tripped in the goal to give the Trojans the early 1-0 lead going into halftime.
The Mustangs came out in the second half with a drive as they commanded the possession and kept the Trojan’s on their back heels. The driving offense finally paid off. Jackson Greenwald got the opportunity for a 20-yard free kick which popped the back of the net to tie the match with 1-1.
Central Lafourche began to muster its offense in the later part of the second half and began to push the Mustangs. Gill saved many close calls. The defensive option once again in the second half seemed to push the ball off the pitch as they achieved 46 in the first half, they reached 51 in the second half for a combined 97 throw-ins in regulation. Neither team could score another goal so the two went to overtime with a 1-1 tie.
Central Lafourche continued their offensive drive in the first 10-minute overtime and gained a healthy 66 percent possession but only able to take two shots. The second 10-minute overtime saw Caddo Magnet even out the attack, but the Mustangs got a scare in the 75th minute as a shot slightly missed the left post. After the first full overtime, the game was still knotted at 1.
The Caddo Magnet boys soccer team advanced to the quarterfinals. Ben Leethy, Isa Zabaneh, and Josh Gill recap the win. Shawn C. White, Special to The Times
The 10-minute golden goal overtime showed two teams who were evenly matched and knew they would have to rely on penalty kicks to finish the contest.
Caddo Magnet will have to travel down south to No. 4 Beau Chene for their quarterfinal matchup. The Mustangs had run with the Gators midseason and lost 1-0. This is the second straight year that Caddo Magnet has reached the quarterfinals. A win and they will make their first appearance in the semifinal since 2008. That year they won the state championship.
Caddo Magnet soccer tops Benton for title
Caddo Magnet’s Jackson Greenwald pulled off a hat trick to lift the Mustangs to a 4-0 victory over Benton Thursday night allowing Magnet to win the Division I, District II title.
The Magnet girls shared their title with Parkway at 5-0-1 after topping Benton 3-0 this week.
Greenwald’s first of three goals came on a corner kick headed to his feet by Grant Muslow, according to information submitted by a school representative. The second score came 5:36 into the game on a goal kick just out of the goalie’s reach.
Caddo Magnet’s Jackson Greenwald scores against Benton. Michael Ilgenfritz/Contributed video, Shreveport Times
The Mustangs (10-4-2) made it 3-0 when team co-captain Ben Leethy deflected a header to fellow co-captain Iza Zabaneh, who punched the ball in. Greenwald’s final score came on an assist from Leethy when Greenwald headed the ball for the 4-0 advantage.
“I feel like we’re peaking at the right time as we head into the playoffs,” Magnet coach Nick Flowers said. “We’ve consistently defended well as a team, allowing fewer goals per game that any other area team, and now we’re finally starting to finish our scoring opportunities.”
The Mustangs went undefeated in district for a third consecutive season. The Magnet defense was led by senior Lehat Zibari, Grant Muslow, Emile Zabaneh and Josh Gill. They’ve allowed 13 goals in 17 games.
“We’re very confident heading into the playoffs and excited about what we can achieve moving forward,” Flowers said.
The victory sets up an in-town rivalry game for the Mustangs, No. 4 in Division II, with D-III’s No. 5 Loyola (10-8-4) at 6 p.m. Tuesday night at Messmer Stadium to end the regular season
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