Boys soccer: Elgin tied with Glenbrook North with supersectional suspended

Blizzard-like conditions roared into Barrington Community Stadium Tuesday night causing the Class 3A Elgin-Glenbrook North supersectional to suspended in the 62nd minute in a 1-1 contest.

The two sides will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday to decide who will advance to the 3A state tournament this Friday at Garber Stadium at host Hoffman Estates High School.

"A game of this importance should not be decided in these types of conditions," said Elgin coach Jimmy Romano, whose club is looking to earn its first trip to state in program history.

This final began with snow flurries, and a blustery wind in which the Maroons (16-3-3) had to its advantage.

With the Upstate Eight Conference champions in full control from the opening whistle, it wasn't long before the Maroons found the opener in the 29th minute with Xavier Salinas on the end of a Aaron Saldana corner.

Both sides had to deal with near-zero visibility after the break as gusty winds and increased snow made conditions near impossible - which may had led to the Spartans (20-3-2) equalizing at 53 minutes when Lukasz Wilczek slotted home Yianny Caparos' inward swinging corner.

Shortly thereafter, officials met at the touchline, and in agreement with both coaching staffs, decided to halt play for 15 minutes.

During that break, and after a call to IHSA officials, the decision was made to call an end to this affair.

The winner will play either New Trier (20-1-2) or St. Charles East (19-7-0) at 6 p.m. Friday in a state semifinal match in Hoffman Estates. That game also was postponed until 8 p.m. Wednesday.

  Elgin's Xavier Salinas (17) celebrates his first-half goal with teammate Alberto Gayten. Joe Lewnard/
  Elgin's Adan Garcia, right, avoids contact with Glenbrook North goalkeeper Gil Meyers. Joe Lewnard/
  Glenbrook North's Alex Ferencz, left, and Elgin's Alberto Gayten converge on the ball during the boys Class 3A boys soccer supersectional at Barrington Tuesday. Joe Lewnard/
  Elgin's Xavier Salinas kicks the ball during the boys Class 3A boys soccer supersectional match against Glenbrook North, which was played at Barrington Tuesday. Joe Lewnard/
  Glenbrook North's Ian Lee, left, directs the ball away from Elgin's during the boys Class 3A boys soccer supersectional at Barrington Tuesday. Joe Lewnard/
  A worker clears snow from lines on the field after play was stopped during the Class 3A boys soccer supersectional match between Elgin and Glenbrook North Tuesday at Barrington. The teams will resume Wednesday tied at 1-1 in the second half. Joe Lewnard/
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