All games at Tad Gormley Stadium
(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 3, E.D. White 2
(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 3, (2) Sacred Heart-N.O. 0
(5) Newman 5, (3) Hannan 1
Division II capsules
(4) Lakeshore (15-6-6) vs. (2) Ben Franklin (20-1-1)
When 5 p.m. Friday,
How they got here:
Lakeshore: Beat Sam Houston 5-0 in regional round. Beat Alexandria 3-0 in quarterfinals. Beat St. Thomas More 1-1, 3-2 in PKs in semifinals.
Ben Franklin: Beat Live Oak 7-1 in regional round. Beat Central Lafourche 6-1 in quarterfinals. Beat Parkway 3-0 in semifinals.
Last state title: Lakeshore (first appearance); Ben Franklin (2015)
The case for Lakeshore: The Titans are no strangers to District 6 foe Ben Franklin after playing them twice this season including a 2-2 draw in the last game. Lakeshore should benefit from its fans – including the school’s band and cheerleaders — excited for the seven-year-old school’s first state championship appearance. Senior Emma Claire Furman (22 goals, nine assists) and sophomore Jamie Raines (13 goals) lead the offense while senior goalkeeper Ali Bernard has registered 15 shutouts.
The case for Ben Franklin: The Falcons seniors are looking to end their high school careers with a fourth straight state title. Ben Franklin starts five seniors including sisters Cadie Higginson (50 goals, 23 assists) and Noelle Higginson (21 goals, 25 assists). Senior defender Amalia Skalos and goalkeeper Caroline Clayton anchor the back line while senior Gabrielle Donofrio helps key the offense.
(6) Holy Cross (15-5-8) vs. (1) St. Thomas More (18-6-6)
When 7:30 p.m. Friday
How they got here:
Holy Cross: Beat Ben Franklin 2-0 in regional round. Beat Neville 2-1 in quarterfinals. Beat Woodlawn-BR 1-0 in semifinals.
St. Thomas More: Beat Terrebonne 3-0 in regional round. Beat East Jefferson 4-1 in quarterfinals. Beat Beau Chene 5-0 in semifinals.
Last state title: Holy Cross (first appearance); St. Thomas More (2001)
The case for Holy Cross: The Tigers have made history this season advancing to their first soccer state championship match and claiming their first district title in undefeated fashion. Offensively, the Tigers benefit from several contributers including junior Miles Johnson (20 goals), freshman Josue Fuentes (15 goals) and senior Alec Lafrance (11 goals). The Holy Cross defense is anchored by freshman goalkeeper Thomas Dugal’s 12 shutous.
The case for St. Thomas More: The Cougars are making their first state championship appearance since 2001, and they seem to be peaking at the right time. St. Thomas More outscored its opponents 9-1 in its past two playoff matches. Senior Josh Toomey could be a difference-maker as his flip throws turn relatively simple throw-ins into dangerous set pieces.