Late Surge Earns Stars Point

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – Kicking off in Toronto, at the Kia Training Ground, the Windsor Stars were looking to dispatch Toronto FC Academy for the second time in as many meetings. Armed with the knowledge gained from their Thursday evening Cup match in Windsor, TFCA took a dominating lead, but could only manage to hang on for a 3-3 draw.

After 20 minutes the two clubs were still scoreless, though the play was slanted in TFCA’s favour. The home side had three opportunities on goal, but Vizirakis was equal to the challenge until Matthew Srbely found the back of the net in the 33rd minute.

That was closely followed by a caution to Windsor defender Stefan Zastavinikovic which, in turn, preceded TFCA’s second goal, this time by Leonard Sohn in the 38th minute. Then, shortly before half time, Cyrus Rollocks finished a cross for his second goal in as many games, for a 3-nil lead.

Carlos Soares earned a caution to begin the 2nd half as Windsor came out of the locker room with a visible determination. It paid off with a Mike Pio goal to get the Stars on the score sheet in the 50th minute.

The tide began to turn in Windsor’s favour as the frustration began to show in the young TFCA line-up. Two yellow cards were distributed to Furlano and Rollocks before Pio etched his second of the afternoon, to bring the Stars to within one.

Another yellow to TFCA preceded the expulsion of Brett Holmberg for a high tackle on the TFCA keeper. Now playing a man down to Toronto reduced the odds for a Windsor comeback, with just 20 minutes to play.

But Windsor didn’t let up and they were rewarded when Stefan Milidrag connected with the equalizer with under 10 minutes remaining.

The rest was anti-climatic as three minutes were added for stoppage, but the result didn’t change.

Windsor now has 11 points from nine matches, good for 7th spot on the League ladder. They’ll now welcome Masters FA to McHuge Soccer Complex on July 3, for more League 1 Ontario regular season play. Game time is 8:00 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