WinTFC Edged By Blue Devils

Windsor keeper Kyle Vizirakis stretches full out to stop an attempt on goal by Oakville's Anthony Novak during game action on 7 May 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor keeper Kyle Vizirakis stretches full out to stop an attempt on goal by Oakville’s Anthony Novak during game action on 7 May 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

(WINDSOR, ON) – Windsor TFC suffered its first defeat of the season at the hands of the Oakville Blue Devils, Sunday afternoon at Alumni Stadium. The visitors scored the match’s only goal in the 29th minute and then hung on for a 1-nil victory.

“All in all, a very good game,” said Blue Devils head coach Duncan Wilde. “Should have probably been more goals for both of us, but good game.”

Somehow, this strike by Celso Carapau (10) went for naught as Oakville's keeper Matt George got enough of it to send it rebounding wide of the goal, on 7 May 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Somehow, this strike by Celso Carapau (10) went for naught as Oakville’s keeper Matt George got enough of it to send it rebounding wide of the goal, on 7 May 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

While they did get a number of chances at goal, Windsor TFC played in a defensive posture, opting to send the ball back, as far as keeper Kyle Vizirakis, on many occasions. Oakville, by contrast, pushed forward much of the game, but allowed themselves to be caught on the counter, at times.

“As a team we were a bit slow. It took us a long time to get into the game,” said Windsor midfielder Damon Johnson. “It took us too long to get into the flow of the game.”

Luke Husbands (R) and Filipe Vilela (9) wait while Damon Johnson heads the ball during regular season action between Windsor TFC and Oakville Blue Devils on 7 May 2017 at Alumni Field.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Luke Husbands (R) and Filipe Vilela (9) wait while Damon Johnson heads the ball during regular season action between Windsor TFC and Oakville Blue Devils on 7 May 2017 at Alumni Field.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Both Vizirakis and his opposing counterpart, Matt George, were called upon to make some daring saves from the boots and heads of the strikers. Both were also offered exemplary assistance from the defenders in front.

Luke Husbands was named the Man of the Match after very strong play amongst the Windsor backs.

“I look to more focus on the team,” said Husbands post-game. “As a team, though, we started slowly, but got into the game. I think on a better day we would have had the result 100 per cent.”

Windsor's Stefan Zastivnikovic (7) clears the ball before Oakville's Brandon Duarte can mount a challenge on 7 May 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor’s Stefan Zastivnikovic (7) clears the ball before Oakville’s Brandon Duarte can mount a challenge on 7 May 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

With the loss, Windsor TFC’s early record settles at 1-1-0 in the west division where a pentangle loggerhead has developed between five sides. Their next game is away on May 14 in Scarborough against Sanjaxx Lions. They’ll return home for a Victoria Day match on May 21 when they host ProStars FC with the kickoff at 4:00pm.

Oakville's Filipe Vilela was looking to add to his goal tally against Windsor on 7 May 2017. He score the game's only goal in the 29th minute.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Oakville’s Filipe Vilela was looking to add to his goal tally against Windsor on 7 May 2017. He score the game’s only goal in the 29th minute.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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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
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