Kingston FC Retains First Place After Draw

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Local pro team ties on the road, sits 7-3-1 midway through CSL season

Windsor, Ont. Saturday, July 13th – With their first draw of the season, Kingston FC is still in the driver’s seat of the CSL standings. Their 2-2 tie against the host Windsor Stars keeps them one point ahead of Toronto Croatia.

The 7pm fixture at Windsor Stadium had visiting Kingston FC playing into a blazing sun for the first half. Just like they did on June 9th in Kingston FC’s 2-1 victory, Windsor struck first – this time in the 7th minute of play. Midfielder Erik Cirovsky collected, turned and fired a low shot past Kingston FC keeper Jaroslav Tesar from six yards out.

The equalizer came shortly thereafter, with Kingston FC central defender Joe Zupo the unlikely goal-scorer from a tight angle. Central midfielder Joey Pineo chipped a pass deep inside the Windsor area to Zupo, who dribbled and slotted one past keeper Anthony Santilli from the edge of the box.

With the sun at their backs to start the second half, Kingston FC put Windsor on the defensive for the next 45 minutes.

The home side kept league-leading goal-scorer Guillaume Surot in check, ending left winger Edgar Soglo’s dashing runs and crosses, with booming clearances back to half. Hugo Delmaire occupied the right wing, replacing Jordan Brooks after 45 minutes. Regular starter Nathan Klemencic remains out with a lower body injury.

But after their first shot of the half, Windsor regained their lead in the 61st minute. A quick free kick and defensive miscue handed a breakaway to midfielder David Kadoic, who calmly buried another low shot past a helpless Tesar.

Several chances later, Surot finally brought the visitors equal in the 80th minute. Soglo drew a blatant foul in the penalty area, while fellow French speaker Surot coolly buried the penalty kick for his league-leading 15th goal of the season.

Soglo, Surot and Catalin Lichioiu were all subbed off due to injury while striker Mademba Ba, winger Taylor Benjamin and centre mid Toni El-Asmar replaced them. With each team earning a handful of yellow cards, five minutes of extra time was added by the referee.

Windsor’s stingy defence held strong, and the final score remained 2-2.

“[We were] the best team playing football by a mile I thought,” said Kingston FChead coach Colm Muldoon, “but we shot ourselves in the foot twice. End of story.”

In both of the game’s halves, Kingston FC was forced to erase a one-goal deficit. While he feels his team “fought like Trojans,” sustained pressure for the final 20 minutes wasn’t enough for Muldoon’s side.

“Two bad errors – hesitancy for the first goal when there shouldn’t have been,” Muldoon said, “and their only play of the second half – a quick free kick when we didn’t get a man up to block the play.”

“We brought the most energy, we brought the most spirit,” he said, adding, “[Windsor] was looking to break it down the whole time. Broke the flow of it for us.”

11 games into their 22-game season, Kingston FCremains one of the teams to beat – with a 7-3-1 record in first place. Toronto Croatia’s 3-3 tie with Astros Vasas FC keeps them hovering one point behind in second place.

“We set goals at the start of the season, we’ve lived up to them, and we intend to keep doing that,” Muldoon concluded. “We have to keep deliver strong performances each week.”

Next Saturday Kingston FC hosts the Serbian White Eagles at 5 p.m. on Queen’s University’s West Campus Field. The Kingston FC reserves take on the Serbian White Eagles ‘B’ at 7 p.m., following the First Division match.

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