Despite Chances, Windsor 0-0 Sigma FC


Catani, in goal for Windsor, was called on to make a number of acrobatic saves as the Stars and Sigma FC battled to a 0-0 draw.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – In the face of a stiff southerly wind, the Windsor Stars and Sigma FC took to the pitch last night at McHugh Soccer Complex in a League 1 Ontario match. The two side would battle it out to a 0-0 draw for a single point apiece.

The Stars took the south end of the field to begin the contest and found some difficulty facing the wind. Much of the play was in the Windsor end with Sigma using the natural elements to their advantage.

In the 33rd minute, the visitors lined up for a free kick from 25 yards out. The ball sailed over the wall and was curling for the open top corner of the goal, but Windsor keeper Catani fully extended to punch it away from danger.


Stefan Milidrag back-heels a shot toward the Sigma goal. The Stars striker couldn’t find the back of the net, however.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The Stars’ striker Stefan Milidrag had two chances of his own when he redirected a cross on goal and then, a minute later, place a shot that was heading in under the crossbar. In both instances the keeper was equal to the challenge.

Within a minute of half time, Sigma seemed to have broken the deadlock with a goal from a broken corner kick. However, the referee’s attention was directed to the linesman who was indicating off side, and the tally was nullified. At the half the teams went to the dressing rooms to warm up tied at naught apiece.


Martin Nyul marks his man in the Windsor zone. Strong two-way play by Nyul helped to hold off the Sigma attack.
Photo By Ian Shalapata.

The second half was much like the first, but with the Stars enjoying the wind advantage. Windsor peppered the Sigma goal with opportunities, including one chance cleared from the line by a defender. Meanwhile Catani was called upon to stop all forms of attacks on goal, both high and low. He was definitely a candidate for man of the match.

With minimal time added for stoppages, the two clubs were gad to see the back of the weather, though Windsor better than they have of late, they were still disappointed to concede a point to Sigma.


The Sigma keeper was equally as acrobatic as Catani. Here he lunges to punch away a Windsor free kick from just outside the 18-yard box.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

A single game now remains for each team. Windsor will welcome Sanjaxx Lions to the Libro Centre in Amherstburg on October 18 while Sigma will finish their season on the road at Country Day School in King City when they take on ANB Futbol.


About the Author

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