Stars Draw Even In Extra Time

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – It is always nice to earn an away point and the Windsor Stars did just that, in dramatic fashion, with a 2-2 draw in Mississauga against Sigma FC on Saturday. Snatching a point from a higher standing side leaves Windsor tied in sixth place on the League 1 ladder.

Sigma controlled most of the 1st half and shot in front of the Stars with two goals within the first 30 minutes. Windsor found their footing and retaliated just before the half whistle when 17 year-old Noah Pio struck from the 18 yard box to bring the Stars within one.

The home side continued to dominate in the 2nd half. In the 49th minute a Sigma goal was called back when a foul was called before the shot was taken. Windsor avoided a further deficit when the free kick went over the crossbar.

Then, in the 61st minute, Sigma was awarded a penalty when Christian Samaniego was taken down in the box. However, Windsor keeper Kyle Vizirakis guessed the right way and knocked the shot wide to keep his team in the match.

That’s the way it would have ended except for the added time. With seconds remaining, Brett Holmberg secured the ball outside the 18 and his low shot found the back of the net.

Windsor now has a bye week to rest up. They are next in action on May 31 when they host the Kingston Clippers at McHugh Stadium. The opening kick is 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