Vaughan Azzurri vs Windsor Stars: Match Report (July 26, 2015)

Result and details of the Sunday July 26, 2015 League 1 Ontario game between Vaughan Azzurri
and Windsor Stars played at McNaughton Park in Maple at 2:00pm.

66 min…VA Mario Kovacevic GOAL…VA Joseph Amato rolls ball from 45 yards on left up for
Kovacevic to turn around defender and roll 18 yard shot under goalie Kyle Vizirakis into
the center of net.

70 min…WS Michael Pio GOAL…Michael Pio is given a short pass from left and bends 20 yard
shot down middle that bends inward into top right side of net beyond reach of goalie
Andrew D’Souza.

Final Score:…..Vaughan Azzurri…….1……..Windsor Stars…….1…….

Attendance was about 15 on this very hot and humid afternoon played under a bright sun.
Referee Justin Tasev gave a water break in each half. Tasev gave out three Yellow cards
that I counted (two to Windsor) in a game that never got too rough.

Stars came all the way from Windsor with only twelve players and despite a listing on the
lineup sheet of five and that sub, Elijah Dunn, did not come into the game. This must have
made it tough going on the players especially near the end but they held up well and had
a enough good chances in the final minutes they could have won it. Goalie Kyle Vizirakis was injured
at 34 minutes slid for a save and was caught by the foot of VA Austin Ricci but recovered
within three minutes to continue.

Vaughan had a few players missing like captain Matt Stinston but the biggest surprise was
playing without the league’s leading scorer Joey Cicchillo who leads the league with 13 goals
in League and Cup games. Head coach Carmen Isacco answered me after the game that he was ‘away’
(and not anything to do with school). I believe the team really missed him taking the dead balls
of cornerkicks and freekicks as their finishing was somewhat off.

Best non-scoring chances were at 3 minutes when VA Tyrone Downes’ cornerkick from the right had
VA Mario Kovacevic leap and head an 8 yarder down the middle that the goalie palmed over the net.
6 minutes had VA Daniel Cramarossa take a freekick from 30 yards from the right that Kovacevic
in middle headed a 10 yarder that the goalie caught just under the bar. 14 minutes had VA Downes
given a through ball at 30 yards and he deked around the goalie at 12 yards but pushed the ball
over the end line before he could cross it in. 30 minutes had Austin Ricci rolled a pass from
10 yards on the left and Kovacevic’s low 12 yard shot was blocked by the sprawling goalie
at 3 yards. 46 minutes had Kovaceic take a 15 yard shot that the goalie dove and pushed wide
right of the post. 64 minutes had WS Noah Pio cross near the right end line and the ball
landed for WS Brett Holmberg who had his shot popped up at 6 yards and a defender cleared.
After the two goals at 71 minutes WS Michael Pio eluded a defender just outside the box and
got a low 12 yard shot from the left that the goalie did the splits to make a save. 88 minutes
had WS Noah Pio rush on 1 on 1 and defender Joseph Amato poked the ball off him and the ball
deflected back for the goalie to smother at 10 yards. Injury time had VA Cramarossa tapped
back a pass and blast a 25 yarder down the middle well over the net and the back fence into
the parking lot—yep that was what was wrong with Vaughan players in today’s game!

That was not a misprint of attendance. It really was just fifteen fans watching this game.
I’ll be able to use that in arguments when those message boards activists make their sandbox
plans of future leagues crisscrossing the country. How many of those people get off their
keisters and attend games below the MLS or NASL level?

Vaughan misses an opportunity to make a move on first place Oakville Blue Devils with this
result (Oakville would lose their first league game of the year a few hours later). Their
record improves to 7 wins, 6 ties, and 0 losses for 27 points and are now the only undefeated
team but too many ties will likely cost them the championship. They are tied with Sigma FC
who won their game yesterday. Windsor improves to 5 wins, 3 ties, 4 losses for 18 points and
they stay in seventh place in the twelve team league.

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Robin Glover

Robin Glover

Robin has been writing about soccer in the Toronto area for message boards and his own website since the early 1990s in the days of 2400 baud modems to USENET sites. In the 2014 season he attended 76 games in various leagues that played in the GTA area. Follow Robin on Twitter and on his website

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