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, who were in their fifth state final in the past six years including finishing runner-up the past two seasons, claimed their second state title.
“It feels great,” Most Outstanding Player Josh Landry said. “I just have to give all the glory to God. It took four years, but gosh, it feels amazing. This is the best feeling of my life. We’re state champions.”
The battle of perennial powers featured several chances early as Newman’s Sam Moses pulled a shot wide in the 14th minute. Northlake responded a minute later as Landry beat the goalkeeper but sent the shot just wide.
Newman broke through in the 24th minute on a nice combination and finish by Max Friedman. The play was started by Sam Moses who found Clayton Shell. Shell played the ball to a streaking Evan DeBlanc, who found Friedman all alone on the back post for the goal.
Northlake (16-3-5) answered in the 40th minute as Cross Hebert scored to set the 1-1 halftime score.
NEWMAN 5, HANNAN 1: All season long the combination of Sophie Andry and Frances Sperling has led the Isidore Newman offensive attack.
In the first ever Division IV title game, Newman got three goals from that duo, including a pair from Andry, as fifth-seeded Newman defeated No. 3 Hannan 5-1 in the LHSAA girls soccer state championship match Wednesday night at Tad Gormley Stadium.
In the Division IV boys, Northlake Christian edged Newman 2-1 in overtime.
Capturing their first state championship since 2007, Greenies (16-6-2) got on the scoreboard before many in the crowd got to their seats.
In the third minute, Andry knocked in a cross from Sperling. The official scorer later changed it to an own goal against Hannan.
Andry returned the favor to her teammate a few minutes later when she found Sperling in the 17th minute. The junior got behind the Hannan defense, beating goalkeeper Mikayla Boyer to make it 2-0.
“I can’t speak for my teammates, but I know I had a lot of nerves early in the match,” said Andry, who was named the Most Outstanding Player for the match. “Those early goals and getting to play with a lead really calmed us down and just let us do our thing.”
Andry and Sperling connected again in the 38th minute with Andry scoring to put Newman up 3-0.
Andry scored in the 55th minute, off a Sperling assist.