By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – All the predictions for the evening was that it could get ugly. The Windsor Stars, the local franchise of the Canadian Soccer League, hosted third place power-house the York Region Shooters at ancient Windsor Stadium. The Stars were not expected to come away with even one point despite enjoying a modest two-game winning streak. As much as the four points propelled Windsor into sixth place in the league, the wins came from matches against teams lower down in the standings.
From the opening whistle Windsor took the play to York Region, pressing forward well, and challenging keeper Adrian Ibanez. At close to the 10 minute mark, striker Wade Allen found himself with a free kick just outside of the York penalty box. Allen curled the kick around the three-man wall and inside the near post, beyond the reach of a diving Ibanez, for a quick Windsor lead.
The goal proved to be the winner despite York mounting increasing pressure in the second half. The match rapidly descended into chippy play that included a lot of holding, pushing from behind, and late tackles, aided by a referee somewhat reluctant to take back control of the game. The desperation hung over the pitch as York tried vainly to draw even.
Dejo Olagbegi got the shutout for the Stars.
Windsor’s next games are on the road as they travel to the GTA for matches against the Serbian White Eagles in Toronto on August 16, followed two nights later when they visit fourth place Brampton City United. Windsor currently trails Brampton by six points.
The Stars return home to round out the August schedule on the 31st as they play host, at the Harrow Soccer Complex, to cellar dwellers Niagara United.