Durham got the best of starts in matchweek eleven, going up a goal early on from Kristian Lee-Him (2'), but it was Windsor's Pio brothers - Noah (15') and Michael (10') - that would end up winning the day for the visiting Stars.
"The outstanding player for us was goalkeeper Kyle Vizarakis," said Windsor head coach, Shane Topalovic. "He made some really good saves, and saved a penalty. MVP for them was Kristian Lee-Him. He was their goalscorer tonight, and I thought he played very well up front. Biggest challenge for us was playing a man down for majority of the game. Key moments were saving the penalty shot in early stages of the game, and playing a man down throughout."
Despite having a penalty and a man advantage for much of the match after Windsor's Brendan Woodfull was sent off in the thirty-second minute for denying an obvious goal opportunity, Durham could not make the advantage count.
"No one on our team showed up tonight," said Durham head coach Sanford Carabin. "It was a poor team performance overall."
"The key moment was when we missed our penalty," he added. "That would have made it 2-0 early in the game and would have forced them to open up. Missing the PK swung momentum to them, giving them belief."
"Our biggest challenge was trying to match their work rate. They moved very well off the ball and were very quick in their transitional defence. We struggled to break them down in both our build up play as well as on the counter."
Michael Pio was selected as the standout performer for Windsor by Carabin, for his excellent mobility, hold-up play, and contribution to the Windsor goals. His work-rate was representative of the Stars defensive and offensive organization and speed, elements that Carabin is looking to address on the training ground.
"What we will take from this game is we need to start to increase the tempo of our game," said Carabin, especially defensively in our pressing game."
Durham is back at home on Friday July 17, facing Pro Stars FC at Kinsmen Park, Pickering - 8 p.m. kickoff.
Windsor continues a stretch of away matches, heading to Vaughan Grove - home of the Woodbridge Strikers - on Sunday July 19th for a 7 p.m. kickoff.