BORDER STARS WIN INAUGURAL AISL CHAMPIONSHIP
Border Stars have won the first American Indoor Soccer League (AISL) championship.
The Windsor-based team in the outdoor Canadian Professional Soccer League, which plays some CPSL games in Michigan, has won its second major trophy since launching a professional soccer franchise at the end of 2003.
But the outcome was not so good for Vaughan Shooters, another CPSL team bidding for major indoor soccer honours over the weekend. They went down in the final of the FIFA-approved 2005 Canada Futsal Cup at Kitchener.
Border Stars defeated Cincinnati Excite 4-1 at the Novelletto Rosati Complex in Windsor on Saturday night, with Tati Errelade leading the way for the border team with two goals, while David Dwaihy and Joe Malachino struck singles.
Errelade was high up on the outdoor CPSL scoring title in 2004 with 10 goals.
Border Stars won the CPSL Open Canada Cup in its inaugural 2004 year and the team is the first pro soccer franchise in that city since Windsor Wheels ceased operations in 1993.
The border city has a long history of good soccer and one of the longest running teams, Windsor Teutonia, was formed in 1929 to celebrate its 60th anniversary in 1989.
Vaughan Shooters are turning up as the hard luck team of the CPSL having lost four major finals in succession.
The Shooters (as Vaughan Sun Devils) lost a 1-0 CPSL championship decision to Brampton Hitmen on October 5, 2003, followed by a 4-0 loss to Toronto Croatia in the October 11 CPSL Championship game last year.
This year, the team from just north of Toronto went down to Toronto Deportivo Pereira in the Menís Division of the 15th Annual Futsal Championship played March 12/13, then lost by a 6-5 squeaker to the same team in the Futsal National Final on Sunday.
To reach the final, Shooters defeated Trois Rivieres, 6-2, in the semifinal 24 hours earlier.
Angelo Pollastone (2), Wilson Hugo, Caswain Mason and Joey Todaro were the goalscorers for Vaughan in the final, while Mason and Todaro each struck twice in the semi-final win, along with singles from Pollastone and Jason De Thomasis.