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Stars Lose in Lackluster Performance

2010 April 29
by Brian Quarstad

Andrei Gotsmanov (7) battles with Ryan Heins (11) for the ball. Johnny Menyongar watches from behind. Photo by Jeremy Olson

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)

Scoring Summary
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

Discipline Summary
MIN – Andres Arango (caution, unsporting behavior) 12
MIN – Andrei Gotsmanov (caution, unsporting behavior) 87
ROC – Rich Costanzo (caution, delaying a restart) 89

Attendance: 627

10 Responses
  1. Soccer Boy permalink
    April 29, 2010

    I thought play became very predicitable after Two Boys entered the match. It might have had a lot to do with the gale force winds blowing across the Nessy. I was excited to finally watch Two Boys play. In my humble opinion, he has the skill to make things happen out on the pitch, and will complement Goa/Menyongar! (Two Boys also looked well rested after his two week “vacation” in Vancouver.)

    It will be interesting to see how our young lads bounce back after a poor performance. Hopefully the weather will be better on Saturday evening. See you at the Nessy!!!

  2. Mark from Maple Grove permalink
    April 29, 2010

    The 627 attendance was very generous. My girls counted only about 300 there, probably because it was a bit blustery once the sun set.
    I’ve been a bit disappointed in the play of Johnny Menyongar both Saturday and last night. He had many balls coming to him from the D-line and each time he’d try to make a fancy one touch pass to a teammate. He probably did that 25 times and was maybe successful 5 of them. Most either went straight to the other team or resulted in a 50/50 ball to a teammate who had to battle for control and then lost the attack. He would be so much better off controlling the ball, turning around and then making a play. Our midfield play really suffered last night because we gave the ball up far too often.
    Leilei Gao again looked very good but was totally underused last night. His teammates didn’t get him the ball enough, but when they did he made good plays happen. He is a very bright spot.
    Two-Boys Gumede also looked very good last night. Let’s hope that keeps up as well.

  3. April 29, 2010

    I would say those are very astute observations Mark.

  4. zlatan permalink
    April 29, 2010

    I was able to catch part of the 2nd half on the internet. It was great to hear Buzz helping out with color. I could tell he was frustrated. When the PK was called, given how the Stars had played, I was pretty sure they would miss it….I think I jinxed them. Lots more games, hopefully things will improve.

  5. April 29, 2010

    You know what’s strange Zlatan, I was thinking the exact same thing. I had a feeling he would miss because the team had played so poorly. There was just no confidence there and as much as I like Wasson, he didn’t have a particularly good game.

  6. Mark from Maple Grove permalink
    April 29, 2010

    I knew Wasson was going to miss when the guys from the beer garden went tearing out down the sideline trying to get to the scoreboard to help change the score, before he even took the kick.
    I was sitting on the far side when they went by and thought they were going to jinx it.

  7. Neal aka Lightning Striker permalink
    April 29, 2010

    We can’t sing “High and Wide” at our own team, but OH MY ! it’s been a LONG time since I’ve seen a PK like that … on the curling ice our Skip calls the shots until he loses, wonder how it’ll work with this club?


  8. Bart permalink
    May 2, 2010

    Beyond all this, how can NSC sustain any type of breakeven with an attendance of less than 1,000? This is the worst showing in the entire league.

    I for one, question the sanity of using Manny Lagos for advice and the NSC Board for thinking that Minnesota has any viable marketability for professional soccer.

    This is an ill wind that will blow up very shortly.

  9. May 2, 2010

    So the Thunder could make it but the Stars can’t? Why would that be?

    There are a number of issues at work here Bart but I just don’t have time to address them all right now. Your right a team can’t make it with those numbers but I will tell you that I don’t believe that the Thunder ever played a game at home before May. The Stars have already played 3 games, one of them on Wednesday school day when all the soccer teams are practicing and State Cup was going on. There are definitely issues with the team being 20 miles out from the Twin Cities and then not buying any advertising in major publications. But I do think thins will pick up shortly for the team. I wonder if the team had hooked up with USL as Tim Holt was trying to lure them to do, if you would have the same criticism? I’m not accusing you here, just asking because I know you have a definite bias as we have exchanged emails about this.

  10. Bart permalink
    May 3, 2010

    Brian, this has nothing to do with the USL / NASL debate, this is a simple review of the audience that is in attendance at a game.

    As it relates to Minnesota, it does not matter if they are USL or NASL aligned. Neither group can help with these low numbers.

    All NSC did was continue in the Thunder’s path by assuming the same shell that the Thunder had. Minnesota has the absolute lowest attendance in Division II soccer. Worse than Miami FC. This is not because the NSC board did not have good intentions.

    Brian, this may be a shocker to you, but it is because Minnesota has no fan base. Even if the fan base tripled, it would still be a stadium of less than 3,000 folks. NSC will be losing a lot, and I mean a lot of money this year with this lack of fan attention.

    Something has to change.

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