The Northlake Christian boys soccer team has had few problems dispatching opponents this season.
But a win over a Catholic League team — even one that has a losing record this year — is an impressive win for the Division III Wolverines.
That was the case on Monday evening when Northlake defeated Holy Cross 2-0 in a nondistrict match in Covington. It was the last regular season match for both squads.
Northlake Christian (14-1-7) was a state finalist last season and is expected to be highly seeded in this year’s playoffs. Holy Cross (4-12-3) likely has completed its season.
The boys playoff brackets will be announced Wednesday morning.
Neither team could get much of anything going on offense in the first 15 minutes, but then Northlake found its rhythm with a couple quick strikes on goal. Oddly enough, the first ball that found the net came on a shot that Andrew Ehrhardt booted from more than 25 yards. The shot, in the 18th minute, gave the Wolverines a 1-0 lead and set the tone for Northlake’s aggressive attack during the remainder of the game.
Holy Cross, however, couldn’t mount much of an offensive presence. The Tigers’ best look on goal in the half came in the 31st minute when the ball entered the Northlake box. A Wolverines player appeared to strike the ball last, though the carom (which could have resulted in an own goal), traveled wide right of the net.
Northlake outshot Holy Cross 5-0 in the first half and 12-0 in the match.
The Wolverines came out firing in the second half, cranking five shots in the first nine minutes. The fourth shot of the half found its mark, with Mason Cook passing to Josh Landry in the center of the Holy Cross box. Landry delivered a firm shot to the center of the Tigers’ net to increase Northlake’s lead to 2-0.
“That’s a good team we played tonight,” Landry said. “They’re in a tough division and in a tough district with Jesuit and Brother Martin. They lost to them by one goal this year. Beating them gives us a sense that we’re capable of doing some good things in the playoffs. You want to end the regular season on a high note, and we did. Now, we have to get focused on the playoffs.”
NORTHLAKE CHRISTIAN 2, PEARL RIVER 0: Sophomore forward Kate White scored a pair of goals in the first half to lead the Wolverines in a nondistrict, postseason tune-up in Covington on Monday.
Northlake is the top-ranked Division III team in Louisiana. They are expected to be a top seed when the state playoff brackets are released on Tuesday morning.
Pearl River, which plays in Division II, is also is expected to reach the postseason based on the state’s unofficial power rankings.