Late Draw Earns Windsor TFC Point

Windsor TFC keeper Kyle Vizirakis puts a stop to Aurora's Max Ferari during League 1 Ontario soccer action at Alumni Field on 6 May 2018.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor TFC keeper Kyle Vizirakis puts a stop to Aurora’s Max Ferari during League 1 Ontario soccer action at Alumni Field on 6 May 2018.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

(WINDSOR, ON) – League 1 Ontario action returned to the area on Sunday as Windsor TFC hosted Aurora FC at Alumni Field. Players and coaches had to withstand an hour-long delay due to the threat of lightning before settling for a 1-1 draw.

Aurora started strong, controlling the midfield and pressuring Windsor’s net minder, Kyle Vizirakis. For his part, Vizirakis was equal to the task of keeping Windsor in the game until they could find their footing.

In the 6th minute, a mix up in the box gave the visitors a penalty kick opportunity. They were able to capitalize despite Vizirakis moving to the correct side and almost stopping the shot.

An Aurora player tries to put the hold on WIndsor's midfielder Brendan Teeling during League 1 Ontario soccer action at Alumni Field on 6 May 2018.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

An Aurora player tries to put the hold on WIndsor’s midfielder Brendan Teeling during League 1 Ontario soccer action at Alumni Field on 6 May 2018.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The half ended with Aurora leading 1-0, but the teams were delayed returning for the 2nd half as lightning and thunder swept across the sky ahead of the rains. When they did kick off, the extra rest seemed to have rejuvenated Windsor TFC as they took control of the play.

The home side constantly applied the pressure to the Aurora defenders, though they weren’t able to penetrate to the goal. When Aurora countered, defenders Jamar Kelly, Brendan Woodfull, and Martin Torres-Lopez quickly quelled any offered attack.

Windsor's Celso Carapau jumps on a loose ball during League 1 Ontario soccer action at Alumni Field on 6 May 2018. Carapau helped to set up the game tying goal by Stefan Milidrag from a corner kick late in the game.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor’s Celso Carapau jumps on a loose ball during League 1 Ontario soccer action at Alumni Field on 6 May 2018. Carapau helped to set up the game tying goal by Stefan Milidrag from a corner kick late in the game.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Late into the half, Celso Carapau and Mike Pio worked a give-and-go which resulted in a corner kick for Windsor. Carapau’s ensuing cross found the head of Stefan Milidrag and then the back of the net to draw Windsor even in the 89th minute.

After 3 minutes of stoppage time was added by referee Filip Dujic the extended match was called to a halt with the teams deadlocked.

Windsor TFC will now take their game on the road as they take on Sigma FC this Saturday at 4pm. It will be Sigma’s first match of the season. Windsor’s next home game will be a League Cup match on May 27 as they host TFC III at 4pm.

Korede Adepitan watches as team mate Davide Dipoce keeps an eye on the ball and out of the control of Aurora's Carlos Buitrago during League 1 Ontario soccer action on 6 May 2018.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Korede Adepitan watches as team mate Davide Dipoce keeps an eye on the ball and out of the control of Aurora’s Carlos Buitrago during League 1 Ontario soccer action on 6 May 2018.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

With a chance on goal from outside the 18-yard box, Windsor's Celso Carapau knocks the ball directly into the Aurora wall during League 1 Ontario soccer action on 6 May 2018.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

With a chance on goal from outside the 18-yard box, Windsor’s Celso Carapau knocks the ball directly into the Aurora wall during League 1 Ontario soccer action on 6 May 2018.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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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