(3) Acadiana vs. (1) St. Paul’s, 7:30 p.m. Saturday
(6) Holy Cross vs. (1) St. Thomas More, 7:30 p.m. Friday
(1) St. Louis vs. E.D. White, 7:30 p.m. Thursday
(5) Northlake Christian 2, (2) Newman 1, OT
(1) Byrd vs. (3) Mount Carmel, 5 p.m., Saturday
(4) Lakeshore vs. (2) Ben Franklin, 5 p.m., Friday
(1) Vandebilt Catholic vs. (2) Sacred Heart-N.O., 5 p.m., Thursday
(5) Newman 5, (3) Hannan, 1
(2) Sacred Heart (16-4-3) vs. No. 1 Vandebilt Catholic (27-3-3)
When: 5 p.m. Thursday
How they got here:
Sacred Heart: Beat Lusher 8-0 in regional round. Beat Ursuline 2-1 in quarterfinals. Beat E.D. White 3-1 in semifinals.
Vandebilt: Beat Lutcher 7-0 in regional round. Beat Teurlings Catholic 3-0 in quarterfinals. Beat Loyola 2-0 in semifinals.
Last state title: Sacred Heart (2013); Vandebilt (2009)
The case for Sacred Heart: The Cardinals knocked off Vandebilt 1-0 in their season opener, so they’re hoping for a repeat performance to end the season. Sacred Heart’s balanced offense is led by junior Mary Mitchell Henry (13 goals), senior Lucy Hammet (11 goals) and senior Margaret Fitzpatrick (8 goals). The Cardinals have registered 12 shutouts while scoring 77 goals and giving up 20 on the season.
The case for Vandebilt: The Terriers are back in the final for the first time since 2013 and seventh time in the past 10 years, and it’s because of the team’s stout defense. In 33 matches, Vandebilt junior goalkeeper Emma Guidry has recorded 23 shutout wins. The Terriers have yet to allow a goal in the postseason and only allowed 10 goals all season.
(3) E.D. White (15-8-5) vs. No. 1 St. Louis (29-1-3)
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday
How they got here:
E.D. White: Beat Morgan City 8-0 in regional round. Beat Bolton, 1-1, 4-2 in PKs in quarterfinals. Beat Vandebilt Catholic 1-0 in semifinals.
St. Louis: Beat Abbeville 8-0 in regional round. Beat Episcopal 4-0 in quarterfinals. Beat University Lab 3-0 in semifinals.
Last state title: St. Louis (2015); E.D. White (first appearance)
The case for E.D. White: The Cardinals are on a historic run as they make their first state championship appearance. The key for E.D. White is to defend effectively and strike on the counterattack while playing a physical match for a full 80 minutes, says coach Roger Bimah.
The case for St. Louis: The Saints put together perhaps their best match of the season in the 3-0 semifinals victory, and that’s a scary thought. St. Louis allowed just one shot on goal in that match. The Saints have not allowed a goal in the postseason, outscoring their three opponents 15-0. That defensive pressure is the key to their success.