Cross Hebert wasn’t even playing on the Northlake Christian varsity team last season.
Fast forward to this season and the junior kicked the Wolverines right into the state championship.
Hebert’s goal in the second half of golden goal lifted No. 5 Northlake Christian to a 3-2 overtime victory over No. 1 Catholic-New Iberia on Saturday night in the Division IV semifinals.
“It’s the biggest goal of my life,” Hebert said. “This will be my first championship.”
While it will be Hebert’s first, it will be the third consecutive title appearance for Northlake Christian (15-2-5).
The Wolverines lost to Lusher in 2014 and to St. Louis last season.
They’ll play No. 2 Newman in an all-New Orleans area final at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Tad Gormley Stadium.
“Hopefully we will get it done this year,” Northlake Christian coach Nick Chetta said. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet. It’s always an amazing feeling to win a tight game and to move on in the playoffs. I’ve been blessed with really good players.”
Northlake trailed 1-0 early, but Josh Landry tied it in the first half.
The match ended 1-1 in regulation.
Catholic- New Iberia took the lead in overtime on a free kick, but Northlake responded on Nathan Pearl’s header on a cross from Richard Humphreys.
“It feels awesome,” Hebert said.
Acadiana 1, Grace King 0 (4-2 on PKs): No. 3 Acadiana won 4-2 on penalty kicks to beat visiting No. 10 Grace King in the Division I semifinals.
The game was scoreless at the end of regulation.
Acadiana advances to play St. Paul’s in the championship match at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Tad Gormley Stadium.