PORTER TOWNSHIP | The sun literally set too soon on a thrilling boys soccer matchup Thursday between Times No. 4 Boone Grove and No. 5 Bishop Noll.
With the score tied 2-2 at the end of regulation, coaches and officials met to discuss a strategy as the sky quickly got darker. With no lights on the Boone Grove soccer field, the decision was made to suspend the Northwest Indiana Soccer Conference match and play overtime at an undetermined later date.
“It’s completely up to the ADs at this point,” Boone Grove coach Brian Sherwin said. “The coaches are kind of at the mercy of the schedule. Unfortunately, both teams have three games next week and it’s going to be a really hard thing to fit in.
“We’ve got to get it done before sectionals. I don’t know what the chances are.”
The Wolves (10-2, 5-0) had a chance to win the NISC first-place battle in regulation with three seconds remaining after a yellow card was issued to Bishop Noll (7-2-1, 4-0) just outside the penalty box. The resulting free kick went into the defensive wall, and a last-ditch shot attempt out of the ensuing scramble sailed well wide.
“Three seconds left on the clock and nerves are just super high on both teams,” Sherwin said. “I’d like to see a professional in that situation be able to put it on frame. It’s just a hard thing to do. We were praying it was going to go in, but it just didn’t happen.”
Bishop Noll went ahead early on Omar Calderon’s goal, assisted by Gabriel Anguiano. Nick Azevedo tied it for Boone Grove off an assist from Cameron Varlan just before halftime.
The Wolves took the lead in the second off on an unassisted goal by Austin Aguilera. With 16:20 remaining in regulation, Anguiano headed in a Calderon assist to tie the score.
Jonathon Lozano recorded 16 saves for Bishop Noll. Nathan Miller had eight for Boone Grove.
“It was a completely competitive game,” Sherwin said. “We’ve been in this situation before … it can happen. It’s just a shame that it got to that point that it got too dark out here to play, but both teams played a great game.
“We knew we were very similar teams and that it was going to be a very close game.”