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Stars soccer Ademolu

Windsor’s Stephen Ademolu is turned away by Master’s FA keeper Mark Kamstra. Ademolu would put the ball back to Ciprian Codea who scored on the play.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – With a massive victory Friday evening at McHugh, the Windsor Stars kept pace with the league leaders and managed to put some more breathing room between them and TFCA on the League 1 Ontario ladder. The Stars ran away with an 8-1 decision over Master’s FA to secure themselves in 7th place and just 3 points in arrears of third.

It didn’t take Windsor long to get on the board as Noah Pio scored at the 35 second mark, setting the tone for the game to follow. Pio would notch two on the night for the Stars, closing the game with a long run, a deak, and a strong blast to the back of the net.

“He never surprises me,” said Windsor coach Shane Topalovic of the younger Pio. “I never know what he’s going to do, but I have every confidence in his ability. He can hit the top corner from 40 yards and he can dribble around people. He’s an outstanding young talent.”

Stars soccer Noah Pio (15) Mike Pio (R)

Keeper Kyle Vizirakis watches as Mike Pio moves the ball up field to his brother Noah (15). The siblings would combine for 5 goals against Master’s FA on July 3, in Windsor, with Mike scoring a natural hat trick.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Not to be outdone, Noah’s brother Mike led the home side with three goals on the night. The elder Pio tallied a natural hat trick scoring two in the 1st half and adding the third to start the second frame. The stars got single goals from captain Stephen Ademolu, Ciprian Codea, and Stefan Milidrag.

“Overall, I thought they played well,” said Topalovic . “It was a lot of team work tonight. That’s why we did so well. The guys let the ball do the work tonight and it showed, when they do that, we can be a great team.”

The score belied the effort put in by Master’s FA. Windsor keeper Kyle Vizirakis was forced into some very difficult saves, with a number of chances from close range. It wasn’t until the 70th minute that Master’s striker Isaiah Page managed to put the ball past Vizirakis.

“They’re a good team,” Topalovic said of Master’s FA. “They’re a fast team, they’re a strong team, they don’t give up. But, I think we understood that they were going to come at us fast, and we needed to move the ball faster.”

Though down 6-0 at the half, the visitors didn’t ease up their attack, and continued to move the ball forward. Master’s FA coach Junior Groves took a philosophical view of the game.

“A game like this, you just have the players do a gut check and look at yourself,” said Master’s FA coach Junior Groves. “We just try to divide the game into halves and next half we’ll try to go out and win that half.”

But Groves shifted some of the onus into the league officials.

“We started the game, we’ve been having some tough calls from the referees and linesmen lately, and it’s almost when the game started, we’re back into the same scenario,” Groves explained. “As a player, you feel dejected to play.”

Stars soccer Soares (L) Dunn (R)

Isaiah Page drives deep into the Windsor zone as Carlos Soares (l) and Elijah Dunn (r) move to head him off. Page would score the lone goal for Master’s FA in an 8-1 Windsor romp.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor will now take the show on the road for the month of July as they travel to Pickering to face Durham United on the 10th. They’ll play three more matches away before returning home August 7 to host Sigma FC, who they currently trail by 4 points.

Master’s FA will now return to the friendly confines of L’Amoreaux Park, on July 11, as ANB Futbol fill the bill as the opponents that day.


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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.
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