By DAVID ERSOFF, Journal Sports
While the dream of a state championship survived Semifinal Saturday for Loyola’s Lady Flyers, the Bossier boys and Caddo Magnet girls soccer teams were stopped one step short of heading to Hammond.
Bossier and Caddo Magnet were both blanked in their LHSAA playoff semifinals Saturday. Bossier fell 2-0 on the road at top-seeded Vandebilt while Magnet was overrun 6-0 in Shreveport by Lakeshore.
Caddo Magnet, the second seed in the Division II girls bracket, lost to the No. 6 Lady Titans at Lee Hedges Stadium.
The Lady Mustangs were able to hold a slight possession advantage through the first 25 minutes. During that time, they had a couple shots on goal and two corner kicks, but were unable to finish.
Lakeshore began to dominate the ball as the game moved into the late stages of the half. In the 28th minute the Lady Titans took the lead 1-0, off a ball bouncing around in front of the goal. A few minutes later, a penalty was called in the box. The penalty kick doubled the lead. Lakeshore added a third goal in the 37th minute off a corner kick.
The Lady Mustangs came out refocused in the second half but Lakeshore scored again three minutes into the half. Lakeshore scored the last two goals in the 21st and 35th minute.
Magnet matched its deepest trip into the playoffs, last achieved in 2018, and finished with a 15-6-3 record.
“This season has been one for the books,” said coach John Lee. “The players have been a tight-knit group. They have supported each other and lifted each other up during difficult games, through injuries and life.
“It was a deep playoff run, after a successful season, and I couldn’t be more proud of these girls.”
In the Division III boys’ soccer semifinal at Houma Saturday afternoon, No. 4 Bossier stayed close in its deepest trip into the state soccer playoffs. The No. 1 Terriers were able to stave off the Bearkats’ bid for an upset.
The game started well for the Bearkats, as they possessed the ball for most of the first 15 minutes and had two solid chances to take an early lead. The middle portion of the half saw the Terriers gain some possession and an opportunity to draw first blood.
Bossier defender Jorge Alfaro drew the task of man-marking the Terriers star forward Ryan Rogers. Alfaro was able to contain him until the 25th minute, when a Terrier midfielder put a through ball into space that Rogers was able to run down, then scored for the 1-0 lead.
The second half played with the Terriers having a slight possession advantage, with both teams having some chances at goal. The Terriers were able to double their lead from a corner kick and a misdirected ball into net.
Bossier had its most successful season in the history of the program, finishing 19-3-3.
“Our season went great,” said Bearkats coach Orlando Medelin. “We were able to get over two obstacles that we have been fighting for the past couple years. We were able to win district for the first time in 11 years, and we were able to get past the quarters which we struggled with the last two years.
“Our future is bright, we are graduating eight seniors, and three were starters. We are excited about what we have going on at Bossier and we hope to continue the success and growth at Bossier High Futbol.”
Photo by CHRISTY ROEMER