ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“Tonight it took a great free kick from Minnesota to take away points from us. I thought we were very organized and disciplined defensively,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â said Head Coach Daryl Shore. ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have to do a better job of taking our chances in the attack because we should have had a second goal which would have put the game away.ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
The first half momentum went to the Strikers with multiple chances early on. Paulinho LePetit forced a save from MinnesotaÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s keeper in the third minute when he shot low to the near post. In the15th minute the Strikers had another opportunity when Aaron Wheeler found Paulinho at the top of the box for a shot that was barely wide.
The Strikers went into halftime with a 1-0 lead after Eduardo ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“ChachoÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Coudet converted his fourth straight penalty kick of the season. In the 35th minute, forward Martin Nunez was fouled in the penalty area by Stars defender Jack Stewart.
It was an equal second half with both teams having opportunities until the Stars equalized in the 89th minute. Stars forward Simone Bracalello placed a free kick into the upper corner of the net from 30 yards out.
The Strikers complete their four game road trip on Wednesday, May 11th against the Carolina Railhawks at 7:30 p.m. Watch the game live at www.strikers.com/live.
The team returns to Lockhart Stadium Saturday, May 14th to face in-state rival FC Tampa Bay.