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Eloyza goals power Schaumburg

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Buffalo Grove midfielder Alberto Eloyza scored twice, once unassisted and once with a helper from Irving Balboa, as the visiting Bison made the two first-period scores hold up.

Kristian Pawlikowski had a first-half goal assisted by Alan Santana for Schaumburg.

Fremd 3, Hoffman Estates 0: Junior Nathan Dolan scored twice and senior midfielder Jeremy Kosacz once to help the Vikings in MSL West play.

Palatine 1, Elk Grove 0: The league-leading Pirates got a goal from senior midfielder Dave Clark and made it hold up as Palatine goalkeeper Kyle Leber made 3 saves in earning the shutout.

Westminster Christian 2, Christian Liberty 1: Jack Salsgiver scored with an assist from David Colbert, but visiting Westminster Christian scored once in each period to earn the victory. Aaron Karr made 6 saves in goal for Christian Liberty.

Elgin forfeits 7 contests: The Elgin boys soccer team forfeited 5 victories and 2 ties last week when it was discovered the team had competed with two ineligible players.

The players in question are enrolled in their ninth semester at Elgin High School as they work toward an expected January graduation.

According to IHSA bylaw 3.051, "after they enroll in the ninth grade, students shall be eligible for no more than eight semesters."

Elgin self-imposed the forfeits once the error was discovered. Those forfeitures include the St. Patrick Tournament title. That trophy has since been returned.

"It was an oversight in our registration process and we didn't catch it until later, unfortunately," second-year Elgin athletic director Paul Pennington said Tuesday "It's a rare occasion when we have some fifth-year seniors. We don't know about those. We don't know all of our students that well and some of our coaches don't know the IHSA rule.

"Once it was brought to our attention, we had to investigate and take (action) before it proceeded further."

Pennington said the eligibility of all seniors within the Elgin athletic program has since been reviewed. The issue was isolated to the two soccer players. Adjustments to the eligibility review process have since been made.

"When we go through the registration process initially, if we have seniors, we're going to check them all on eligibility as to when did they enroll in high school. We're changing things so we don't have this situation come down the pike again.

"It's sensitive and it's gut-wrenching for me to have to make that decision (forfeits). But when those things are going on you have to do what's best for the integrity of the school and the program. No matter whose mistake it was or whoever's oversight it was, we take ownership, move on and learn from it.

"It's a hard lesson to learn. I take responsibility for the negative stuff that comes from this and we'll move forward."

-- Jerry Fitzpatrick

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