GLEN ELLYN – The de facto girls soccer championship match in the Suburban Christian Conference is going overtime, and not in the way either team would have envisioned.
After a pair of lightning delays, Thursday night’s match between Rosary (12-3-3, 7-0 SCC) and St. Francis (13-0, 7-0 SCC) at Glenbard South was postponed until sometime next week, with the date yet to be determined. The match was scoreless with 32:17 to play in the second half.
The teams were sent home a little before 8:30 p.m., about three hours after the match began.
“The conditions are getting worse and the kids are cold and stiff and everything else,” St. Francis coach Jim Winslow said. “So now the game just [devolves] into who’s going to maybe get a lucky break, and that’s not a way you want to determine a game for our conference and that kind of magnitude.”
Winslow and Rosary coach Kristy Kane spoke briefly after the postponement about whether the game would be resumed in the second half or started over but no final decision was reached. Winslow said he would prefer to start fresh.
St. Francis, which has allowed only three goals on the season, forced Rosary goalkeeper Lauren Frasca to make a few saves in the first half while thwarting the Royals’ offense.
“I think St. Francis came out really strong to begin,” Kane said. “We definitely played well, too, but they were getting nice sequences of passes off. And then we had the break, and then when we came back after that, I thought my girls made some great adjustments and really were putting the pressure on, and kind of changed the pace of the game.”
Figuring out a time to re-start the match might be headache-inducing, considering both teams have one other SCC match still to be played.
“They have a game Monday [against Marian Central], we play Thursday against Wheaton Academy,” Winslow said. “So either way, if you play Tuesday, they’re coming off a game, and if you play Wednesday, we’ve got to go play Wheaton Academy [on Thursday], and I don’t want to do that, but it is what it is.”
St. Francis will also need to determine if Glenbard South’s field is again available when the teams reconvene.
Winslow is just glad he held off on rescheduling some earlier matches. The postseason begins the week after next.
“I look like a genius now, although I don’t portray myself to be one, because we were supposed to make up a couple games next week, and I held off on all those makeups,” Winslow said. “The whole season’s been a wash and a mess.”