Thankfully, this one doesn't mean as much right now.
Glenbard North traveled to Glenbard West on Saturday afternoon for a nonconference match, but neither team was able to string together enough passes to score a goal and pull out the victory, finishing with a 0-0 tie.
"Looking at the seeding we kind of knew to expect this kind of match," Panthers coaches Gregg Koeller said. "Both teams played fast and played well."
The Panthers are a No. 5 seed and the Hilltoppers are No. 4 in the Class 3A Schaumburg sectional for the IHSA postseason tournament. The teams could collide early in the postseason, if both teams win their openers.
Chances were limited for both squads, as expected.
"It was a defensive game," Glenbard North's CJ Koeller said. "We hoped if we kept battling that we would've been able to come up with a big play."
No big plays came to fruition on an uncharacteristically humid October day though.
"I thought our center backs played huge and made sure nothing bad happened," Glenbard West's Spencer Rojc said. "They were very quick and were able to take away any of the threats they had."
The game centered around the midfield as both squads had a difficult time penetrating each other's defense.
"We knew coming in, because of seeding, that it would be a tough game," Glenbard West coach Maciek Kusmierz said. "Unfortunately the crossbar got in our way and eliminated our best chances, but I thought we got in a good rhythm and challenged them."
Still, challenges resulted in nothing more than a draw.
"Yeah, we wanted to win but it didn't happen so we'll focus on our next match," Rojc said. "We've shown we can play with anyone in the state, and we'll take that into our next match."