(WINDSOR, ON) – It’s been a while since the last home fixture for the Windsor Stars. First a rescheduled match and then last Friday the weather forced another postponement. It was with much anticipation that ProStars Academy rolled into town to fill the soccer void.
The teams took the pitch and quickly the tone was set for the game. ProStars adopted a defensive posture while Windsor played one-touch ball, looking for a chink in the visitor’s armour.
Early on, Stars striker Stefan Milidrag came close, bested only by the strong performance of ProStars keeper Philip Borowski. In the 17th minute, however, Milidrag broke through the defence to beat Borowski low to the left corner.
The attempts by ProStars were few, but were still dangerous. Shortly before halftime, the ProStars looked to equalize and made an attack up the left wing. A misplay by the Windsor defence allowed the pushing team to penetrate deep into zone. The strike would eventually go wide of keeper Kyle Vizirakis in the goal.
Starting in the 68th minute, bit sides began substituting for fresh legs. Boue was first to enter for ProStars, replacing Donald. Eight minutes later, Milidrag was removed by Topalovic in favour of Brett Holmberg. The move almost paid off when Holmberg had a chance on goal but sailed the ball over top and out of danger.
During four minutes of stoppage time, ProStars pushed to tie the score, winning a free kick from 23 yards. The ball was struck into the box where Vizirakis rose to secure the goal, but missed. He was able to recover the ball in the ensuing scramble to preserve shutout.
Milidrag’s 17th minute goal stood up as the winner at the final whistle. Windsor carried the day with a 1-0 victory, though the margin could have been wider.
It was evident that Windsor had been taking advantage of the downtime to sharpen their skills and absorb some new players. At the same time, the team bid farewell to Mike Pio, Noah Pio, and Carlos Soares, all playing now for the Windsor Lancers. In their place, the Stars picked up Josh Rogers from Detroit City FC.
As well, Noah Pio was selected to the Canadian Soccer Association’s under-20 development camp.
The Windsor Stars will take to the road to meet the Oakville Blue Devils, on August 30, and then return home to play September 4 as they welcome ANB Futbol to McHugh Soccer Complex.