Mike Pervel was on hand as a couple of our NS teams chased state titles last night in soccer.
Here’s Mike with NCS Wolverines Division IV state soccer champion head coach Nick Chetta and championship game Most Outstanding Player Josh “Catfish” Landry share their thoughts following the Wolverines 2-1 double overtime victory over No. 2 seed Newman. Mike also spoke to Nathan Pearl at the end of this cut but the wind was whipping a little so the sound quality is not great.
Mike also spoke with NCS Wolverines senior goalie Zack Odenwald about his team’s clutch 2-1 double overtime state championship victory over Isidore Newman Wednesday at Tad Gormley Stadium.
Mike also got a quick word with Archbishop Hannan Lady Hawks senior captain Lizzie Frank following her team’s 5-1 loss to Isidore Newman in the Division IV state championship match played Wednesday at Tad Gormley Stadium. Archbishop Hannan, the No. 3 seed, finishes 21-5-2 under Coach Jerry Kennedy.
Here are some pictures from the big night. Congrats to both teams!
Mike’s story about the game is below..
Northlake Christian School’s Wolverines returned home from the Southshore ecstatic last night, capturing the LHSAA Division IV boys’ state soccer championship, turning back a gutsy Isidore Newman club 2-1, battling through two 10-minute overtime sessions to bring home the hardware. The Wolverines (16-2-5), the No. 5 seed, turned back No. 2 Newman, which finished 16-4-3. NCS’ Clayton Gill netted the game-winner, delivering six minutes into the first 10-minute overtime and the Wolverines’ defense did the rest.
Newman’s Max Friedman put the Greenies up 1-0 in the 24th minute. NCS answered picking up a crucial goal with Cross Hebert, finding the range just moments before the first half ended.
The Wolverines players’ emotions were soaring as they raced across Tad Gormley Stadium prompted by the referee’s final whistle with a number of champions literally leaping into the first row of the stands to embrace and celebrate with their enthusiastic, supportive student-body and in many cases their own fired-up parents.
The post championship match awarding of the Division IV trophy had to wait until the Wolverines were finished with their tumultuous celebration, which had the players and NCS crowd in a frenzy. Once the championship trophy was presented to head coach Nick Chetta, it began a parade of various players clutching it, running around almost in a daze-like state in total jubilation.
NCS senior captain Josh “CATFISH” Landry, was voted the Division IV championship game Most Outstanding Player, featuring two quality, evenly matched clubs. Landry teary eyed, filled with emotion, said “It was just a crazy night. We went down. We’ve been down before but we were confident we could come back. Newman was a great team. Tonight was the night that mattered and we came out on top,” Landry added.
Coach Chetta, well-respected throughout the state for his coaching ability, known as one of the best, talked about the championship.
“Truth is when you play a team that fights every second of the match and competes like Newman did. It’s just an honor first be on the field with a coach like Matt Jacque, who is a great coach and is a good friend of mine. To compete in a state championship first time in Division IV and the fact that my boys went down 1-0 and found a way to score is amazing. They hung tough, finding a way to win.”
Chetta went on to say, “You saw two teams that wouldn’t quit and that’s what makes championship soccer so special. We’re so happy to get out with a win.”