Windsor Blue After Azzurri Win

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Gino Berardi’s penalty kick eludes the outstretched reach of Azzurri keeper Dayne St Clair. It was the only shot to reach the back of the net for the Stars as Vaughan left town with a 2-1 win.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – The storm clouds threatened, but they couldn’t dissuade the Windsor Stars and Vaughan Azzurri from taking the pitch at McHugh Stadium. After two halves and 3 minutes of extra time, the teams played to a 2-1 Azzurri win.

The visitors struck early in the match when Deon Harris struck at the 15 minute mark. The Vaughan forward hit the back of the net with a strike when he was left unmarked inside the 18. Dena Lezady put Vaughan ahead by two when he found the net four minutes later.

Windsor came close to getting on the scoreboard when Michael Pio’s header was cleared from the goal line in the 25th minute. Minutes later, Gino Berardi shifted the defense before sending his shot wide of the goal.

Windsor defender Carlos Soares was assessed a yellow card after getting tangled with an Azzurri player.

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Berardi (L) and Michael Pio attack the Vaughan goal before Berardi’s strike sailed wide of the net.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Berardi was awarded a penalty kick after Vaughan handled a ball inside the goal area. His shot escaped the outstretched dive by keeper Dayne St Clair.

“We got a couple unlucky bounces in the first half,” said Stars head coach Shane Topalovic. “But I thought our guys played hard and picked it up after the penalty shot. I just don’t think we’re getting the bounces we need.”

The second half began with a Goran Stjepanovic yellow card, the second for Windsor. Play was uneventful to the final whistle without any bounces going either team’s way. At the end of 90 minutes, and a third yellow card in extra time, Windsor had its second loss of the season in as many games.

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Erik Cirovski (L) looks on as St Clair goes high to pull down a cross and take a chance away from Pio late in the 1st half.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor now travels to Esther Shiner Stadium in North York to take on the Sanjaxx Lions on Mother’s Day. The Stars will be in Mississauga on the 16th before returning home on May 31 to host the Kingston Clippers at 4:00 pm.


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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata