Stars Slipping In League1 Standings

Ciprian Codea (L) of the Windsor Stars fights for space in a game against Durham United FC at McHugh Park in Windsor on June 28, 2014. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

It’s a 4-2 loss for the Windsor Stars away to Durham United, the second loss in a row for the Stars after suffering their first league defeat to the Vaughan Azzurri last weekend.

Stars head coach Steve Vagnini calls the loss to Durham one of the worst he’s seen during his four years with the team.

“We were flat and we couldn’t get out of it, but it seemed like we didn’t want to get out of it,” says Vagnini. “We just did what we wanted to do, instead doing of what we need to do.”

The Stars missed a number of chances in the first half including two one-on-one breakaways with the keeper and a penalty shot.

“The game should’ve been put away,” says Vagnini. “The very first thing I told [the team] at half-time was ‘don’t keep this team in this game’ or else we’re going to end up paying for it, and we did.”

Ciprian Codea scored in the second half to tie the game at a goal apiece for the Stars before Durham took a 3-1 lead. Gino Berardi pulled a goal back for the Stars from the penalty spot but a late goal in the fifth minute of extra time sealed the win for United.

After going on a six-game unbeaten run including four wins to start the season, the Stars have lost two in a row and now sit near the middle of the League1 Ontario standings.