For much of the second half and overtime, it seemed like No. 5 Northlake Christian was just a pass away from taking the lead. Then sophomore forward Clayton Gill broke through to send the Northlake faithful into a frenzy.
Gill scored in the 86th minute after a long cross from senior Jake Lewis as the Wolverines earned a 2-1 overtime victory over No. 2 Newman in the Division IV boys soccer state championship game Wednesday at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans.
“To be able to finish it off for my seniors, it is just unbelievable,” Gill said. “In the first round of overtime, the wind was going away from us, so we had to get that goal. We just had to put it in. It was just a beautiful cross from Jake Lewis. It feels amazing. It’s the first championship in my career.”
The Wolverines, in their fifth state final in the past six years including finishing runner-up the past two seasons, claimed their second state title.
NEWMAN 5, HANNAN 1: All season long the combination of Sophie Andry and Frances Sperling has led Newman’s offensive attack.
In the first Division IV title game, Newman got three goals from that duo, including a pair from Andry, as fifth-seeded Newman defeated No. 3 Hannan for the state championship.
Capturing their first state championship since 2007, Greenies (16-6-2) got on the scoreboard before many in the crowd got to their seats.