An early score and a lot of defense led the South Elgin boys soccer team to an upset win and the program's first regional championship Friday.
Junior varsity call-up Nathan Fisher took a feed from senior Quinn Uveges in the game's first 15 minutes and found the back of the net to lead the 10th-seeded Storm to a 1-0 win over No. 2 Addison Trail in the title game of the Class 3A Addison Trail regional.
The win puts South Elgin (8-9-3) into Tuesday's York sectional semifinals, where the Storm will meet the winner of today's Larkin-Schaumburg matchup at the Schaumburg regional final.
"I just passed it right through their defense and (Fisher) came up behind them and placed it in the net. It was awesome," said Uveges of the game's only goal. "The rest of the game was just intense defense. We're really excited. We just went crazy tonight."
That defense was strongest at the net, where senior Tyler Shipon made 12 saves to earn the shutout.
"Addison Trail) was a good team," said South Elgin coach John Uveges, Quinn's father. "Without a doubt the star of the game is Tyler Shipon but it would be very difficult to figure out a second star. We went in with a game plan and every kid did exactly what they were supposed to do.
"For as banged up as we were ... we lost Jose Hernandez to a broken elbow in the first regional game, but the kids came out tonight and played up to (Addison Trail's) level. It's outstanding for Quinn and for all the seniors. It's a special day for them and all the kids. Nathan Fisher and Joe Bedrosian were called up from the JV team and they did a wonderful job for us."
Now South Elgin is hoping it gets another crack at Larkin, this time with a berth in the sectional finals on the line.
"We'd love to face Larkin," said John Uveges. "We lost to them two times in the postseason so it would be really fitting for us to play them."