Stars Lose in Lackluster Performance
The Minnesota Stars were defeated at home on Wednesday evening 3-0 by the Rochester Rhinos, a score that was very reflective of the poor quality of play from Minnesota. Rochester had the bulk of possession and the best scoring opportunities.
Rich Costanzo, former Minnesota Thunder player, scored the first goal of the night. Costanzo scored his only goal last year against his current team the Rochester Rhinos. This time Costanzo scored for Rochester in the 26th minute from a pass by Frank Sanfilippo.
Tino Nunez scored just 3 minutes later and did so again in the 53rd minute of play when Carlos Aguilar slipped a slickly played throughball to the forward as he beat the Stars offside trap. Nunez ran at goal and slipped the ball low and under Stars keeper Joe Warren for his second goal of the evening.
The several good chances the Stars created were saved by Rochester rookie goalkeeper Neal Kitson.
“He made a couple of big plays that kept us in the driver’s seat tonight,” Rhinos head coach Bob Lilley said regarding Kitson’s play.
The insertion of Two-Boys Gumede was one of the only bright spots of the evening for the 627 fans that showed up to watch the game. Two-Boys was substituted in the 59th minute and made good penetrating runs into the Rochester attacking third.
Late in the game it looked as if Minnesota would finally get a chance to get on the new NSC scoreboard. Kevin Friedland was fouled on the edge of the penalty area and a PK was awarded. Daniel Wasson stepped up and never even forced Kitson into a save as he sailed the ball far above the goal. The miss was fitting for the type of night the Stars had on the field.
Minnesota now falls to 2-3-0.
For a full game recap please see the NSC game report.
NSC Minnesota lineup: GK Joe Warren, LB Ely Allen (Simone Bracalello 46), CB Andres Arango, CB Kyle Altman, RB Chris Clements, LM Leilei Gao (Melvin Tarley 80), CM Andrei Gotsmanov (Kevin Friedland 89), CM Daniel Wasson, RM Neil Hlavaty (Two-Boys Gumede 59), F Johnny Menyongar, F Warren Ukah (Brian Cvilikas 46)
Rochester lineup: GK Neil Kitson, LB Jonathan Greenfield (Jamie Franks 75), CB Aaron Pitchkolan, CB Troy Roberts, RB Frank Sanfilippo, LM Carlos Aguilar (Andrew Hoxie 83), CM Alfonso Motogalvan (Tyler Rosenlund 69), CM Nathaniel Short, RM Rich Costanzo, F Tino Nunez (Anthony Hamilton 83), F Ryan Heins (TJ Gore 59)
ROC – Rich Costanzo 1 (Frank Sanfilippo 1) 26th minute
ROC – Tino Nunez 1 (Alfonso Motogalvan 1) 29
ROC – Tino Nunez 2 (Carlos Aguilar 1) 53
MIN – Andres Arango (caution, unsporting behavior) 12
MIN – Andrei Gotsmanov (caution, unsporting behavior) 87
ROC – Rich Costanzo (caution, delaying a restart) 89