Division III

Girls

Time: 5 p.m., Thursday

Place: Tad Gormley Stadium

Matchup: No. 8 Pope John Paul II (14-4-5) vs. No. 2 University High (22-1-3)

Coaches: Pope John Paul II: J.B. Mahoney; University High: Melissa Ramsey

How they got here: Pope John Paul II: Beat No. 25 Ouachita Christian 7-0 in the bidistrict round; beat No. 9 Opelousas Catholic 6-1 (regionals); beat No. 17 Country Day 2-0 (quarterfinals); beat No. 12 St. Thomas Aquinas 4-0 (semifinals); University: Beat No. 31 Grace Christian 5-0 (bidistrict); beat No. 15 Episcopal of Acadiana 2-0 (regional); beat No. 10 Newman 1-0 (quarterfinals); beat No. 3 Sacred Heart 2-1 in (semifinals).

State championships: Pope John Paul II – 1 (2014); U-High – 1 (1998)

Noteworthy: Junior forward Jessica Shelby leads Cubs with 30 goals and sophomore Kirby Miller has team-high 10 assists…Cubs playing in finals for first time since winning it all in 1998. …U-High’s only loss came against St. Thomas More … Christina Cutera (27 goals, 16 assissts) and sister Marlena Cutera (24 goals and 19 assists) lead the Jaguars.

Boys

Time: 7:30 p.m., Thursday

Place: Tad Gormley Stadium

Records: No. 3 Northlake Christian (21-1-8) vs. No. 1 St. Louis (20-3-4)

Coaches: Northlake Christian: Nick Chetta; St. Louis: Jason Oertling

How they got here: Northlake Christian: Beat No. 30 Ascension Episcopal 3-0 (bidistrict); beat No. 14 Parkview Baptist 3-1 (regional); beat No. 6 Episcopal of Acadiana 2-0 (quarterfinals); beat No. 2 University High 3-2 (semifinals); St. Louis: Beat No. 32 Abbeville 8-0 (bidistrict); beat No. 17 Holy Savior Menard 4-0 (regional); beat No. 9 St. Charles 5-0 (quarterfinals); beat No. 4 Newman 4-1 (semifinals).

State championships: Northlake Christian – 1 (2011); St. Louis – 10 (1997, ’98, ’03, ’04, ’06, ’07, ’10, ’11, ’12, ’13)

Noteworthy: St. Louis is making its 12th appearance in the finals and seeking its fifth title in six years after four-peating in Division II from 2010-2013 … Oertling, in his 22nd season, eclipsed the 500-win mark in December … Nick Cironi (23 goals) is leading scorer for the Saints … Northlake goalkeeper Adam Riche has been splendid for the Wolverines, but they will be without leading scorer Mason Cook, who suffered a broken leg in the semifinals.

Compiled by Rod Walker