LAFAYETTE, LA (WVUE) - Eight state champions were crowned this weekend on the campus of ULL, and no game more memorable then the very last one.
St. Paul's was going for a five-peat, Jesuit trying to play spoiler. Controversy in the second half. Foul in the box by Jesuit in the 71st minute. Justin Savoie converts the penalty kick. Wolves lead 1-0 with only nine minutes left in the contest.
It appeared this one was over, but we were all wrong. Chris Tadros with an absolute screamer knots this match up at 1.
"Soon as I hit it, I just knew it. Our whole team had that sweat, and the tears, and the belief we were going to win this game. As soon as I hit it, I knew it was going in," said Jesuit sophomore Chris Tadros.
We're headed to overtime. Late in the extra periods, we had a winner. Sophomore Gabe Gordon flicks in the winner. Pandemonium ensues, and the Jays own 12 state titles in soccer.
"I've never been in a most intense game like this. This was just amazing. For the seniors, they're crying over there. They love this, they wanted this their whole lives,and we made it happen, said Jesuit sophomore Gabe Gordon.
Staying with the Catholic schools of New Orleans, Holy Cross made history in the Division II title game. The Tigers notched their first soccer title in school history with a 3-1 win over Beau Chene.
"It's something we've been talking about for a couple of years now. Everybody's been buzzing around the campus for this whole playoff run. To actually come through with what we've been trying to do for a year, two, three years from now it's extremely special. Soccer team, administration, it seems everybody was on board for us this year," said Holy Cross Head Coach Matt Millet.
In Division III we had an all bayou matchup between Vandebilt and E.D. White. The Terriers and Cardinals both scored goals in regulation, but no more. A shootout decided this thriller. E.D. White needed this pk to extend the match. Off the woodwork, Vandy takes the crown.
In Division IV Episcopal of Acadiana crushed Northlake Christian 5-0. Parrish Anderson netted a hat trick for ESA, and finished the season with 71 goals.
On the girls side in Division I it was a battle of the Northshore. St. Scholastica against Mandeville. SSA let in a disaster of an own goal, but after that mishap, it was domination in the second half. SSA wins 3-1, and takes home their sixth state title.
"We played a little looser in the second half. When you go down by a goal, you just regroup. We changed formations a little bit, went with what works for us in the past. We created some overloads and some good chances," said SSA Head Coach Michael Ortner.
In Division IV the Newman Greenies followed through on their attempt for a 3-peat, with a 2-0 victory over ESA. The Green Machine overall own ten state titles in girls soccer.