The snowflakes started to fall in the final seconds of the Class 3A Streamwood boys soccer regional semifinal between No. 1 Streamwood and No. 5 South Elgin.
As the final horn sounded Streamwood did, too.
An emotional and physical South Elgin pulled off one of the most surprising stunners in recent Fox Valley history Wednesday when it knocked off Streamwood 2-1 at Millennium Field to advance to Saturday’s regional title game against Larkin Saturday at 3 p.m. Larkin upset previously unbeaten Dundee-Crown 1-0 in penalty kicks in Wednesday’s second semifinal.
The Storm (9-9-2), who lost to the Sabres in the teams’ first game the season 4-2, jumped out to a 2-goal cushion in the first half behind Kristoph Mikhail and Juan Carlos Lujan’s goals. South Elgin, which celebrated with a student section near the north goal, staved off a late rally by Streamwood (15-3-3), which had attempts on the Storm’s end in the final minute but ultimately was left in disbelief. Coming in, the Sabres had 7 consecutive shutouts in their final 8 games and 13 overall for the season.