(5) Newman (15-6-2) vs. No. 3 Hannan (21-4-2)
When: 5 p.m. Wednesday
How they got here:
Newman: Beat Holy Savior Menard 8-0 in regional round. Beat St. Frederick 3-1 in quarterfinals. Beat Catholic-New Iberia 1-0 in semifinals.
Hannan: Beat Opelousas Catholic 4-0 in regional round. Beat Country Day 3-1 in quarterfinals. Beat Pope John Paul II 1-0 in semifinals.
Last state title: Newman (2007); Hannan (first appearance)
The case for Newman: The Greenies won not one but two road games to get to the final and have outscored opponents 12-1 in their three playoff matches. Junior forwards Sophie Andry and Frances Sterling spark the offense while senior goalkeeper McKenzie Cummins anchors a defense that has allowed just one postseason goal.
The case for Hannan: The Hawks semifinals victory over district rival and perennially power Pope John Paul II was a sign that this team — with eight senior starters — can accomplish anything. Freshman goalkeeper Mikayla Boyer has been a difference-maker for the defense while seniors Elizabeth Frank and Estefa Harvey have scored 17 goals apiece.
(5) Northlake Christian (15-3-5) vs. No. 2 Newman (16-3-3)
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
How they got here:
Newman: Beat Country Day 4-1 in regional round; Beat Westminster Academy 4-1 in quarterfinals. Beat Episcopal of Acadiana 3-1 in semifinals.
Northlake: Beat Dunham 3-0 in regional round; Beat Holy Savior Menard 3-0 in quarterfinals. Beat Catholic-New Iberia 3-2 in overtime in semifinals.
Last state title: Newman (2010); Northlake (2011)
The case for Northlake: The Wolverines have a ton of momentum after winning two road matches including the seminfinals match on a golden goal strike by Cross Hebert to send Northlake to its fifth state final in six years after finishing as runner-up the past two seasons.
The case for Newman: After falling in the semifinals the past two seasons, Newman is back in the final, thanks in large part to its torrid first halves in its playoff matches. Junior Evan DeBlanc (16 goals) and sophomore Sam Moses (21 goals) have led the offense while goalkeeper Connor Nelson anchors the defense.