Pro Stars made a statement in Pickering during women's matchweek seven play, defeating the current league leaders' Durham United F.C. 1-0. In dramatic form, Alana Baba (90 + 2') scored the winner with virtually the last kick of the match.
In what was a very physical match, Durham's Danielle Rotheram was dismissed just before the half-time interval for violent conduct. Despite Durham's best attempts to keep the defensive line tight with a plyer down, Pro Stars kept attacking throughout the half, and instituted a game plan built on speed and stretching their opponents.
"Our biggest challenge was continuing to play possession with progressive football against a very physical and direct team," said Pro Stars head coach Benjamin Falkenstein. "At half-time the players communicated that they were optimistic that they could hurt Durham’s very square back four with some smart runs off the ball."
It took until the very end of the match for Pro Stars to find a way through, but the pace and trickery of Baba finally unlocked the stingiest defence in the league. Until this breakthrough goal, Durham had only conceded one goal in six matches.
"Our MVP was goalie Madison Taylor, who had an excellent 90 minutes and kept us in the game against a very good team," said Falkenstein. "The MVP for Durham was their goalie, Nora Abolins; their defence was solid too."
Pro Stars will hope to continue winning ways on Friday July 10, when they take on ANB Futbol at Etobicoke Centennial Stadium, 7 p.m.
Durham will get a significant rest, not returning to league play until July 24 vs. Woodbridge Strikers at Kinsmen Park, 8 p.m.