Point Earned In Draw Away At Vaughan

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(VAUGHAN, ON) – Under the glaring sun, the Windsor Stars battled Vaughan Azzurri to a 1-1 draw yesterday afternoon at the McNaughton Turf in Maple. Windsor was looking to avenge the loss to Azzurri.

A lone attempt by Azzurri in the fourth minute highlighted a scoreless 1st half as the heat slowed play down between the two sides. A 21st minute yellow card to Vaughan was matched with a warning assessed to Windsor’s Jamar Kelly 10 minutes into the 2nd half.

Mario Kovacevic broke the deadlock with a strike 23 minutes from time, but the celebration was short-lived as Mike Pio knotted the score once again, just four minutes later. A late yellow to Windsor keeper Kyle Vizirakis didn’t change the outcome.

The Stars did well to pick up a point from League 1 Ontario’s 2nd place club. Azzurri sits 9 points ahead of Windsor on the ladder, with one more game played. Windsor was also playing with a short bench after a minor collision en route to Maple forced some players to return home.

Windsor will continue their road trip in Kingston on August 3. The Clippers trail Windsor by 7 points and will be looking to avenge the 3-2 loss to the Stars in Amherstburg on May 31.

The next home match for the Stars will be August 7 at McHugh Soccer Complex when Sigma FC come to town. The kick-off is scheduled for 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