The Stars took a step closer to qualifying for playoffs after defeating fierce rivals West Chester United 1-0 with a beautiful goal from midfielder Deron Joe on Wednesday night.
The Stars went into this match buoyed by their two successive wins against Electric City Shock SC (3-1) and FC Monmouth (3-1) while United on the other hand, came into match after bouncing back from their 5-3 loss against New Jersey Copa to defeat Torch FC 7-0.
United started brightly and had two chances to go ahead in the first 15 minutes but Stars goalkeeper Vincent Tasca made two point-blank saves to keep the game scoreless.
After absorbing the early pressure from United, the Stars went ahead in the 16th minute off a corner.
Yaya Fane’s corner kick was met at the far post by defender Kouassi N’Guessan, who headed it in the path of Joe. The midfielder then turned before unleashing a volley at the back of the net.
The goal galvanized the Stars as they were the better side until the halftime whistle.
After the break, United tried to equalize and had to switch to a 3-4-3 formation, which had their backline opened to series of attacks by the Stars. The visitors couldn’t add onto the score line with top scorer Anthony Allison and late substitute Seydou Ba missing couple of chances.
With the win, the Stars are tied on 15 points with United at second on the Keystone Conference table with a 5-0-2 (W-D-L) record.
With three games remaining in the regular season (at Torch FC on June 27th, at New Jersey Copa FC on June 30th, vs. Hershey FC on July 8th), the Stars will be looking to continue their winning streak to make the playoffs.
Speaking after the win, Stars head coach Fatoma Turay said: “I’m very proud of the boys tonight. This is a great result as we push for a playoffs spot. Vinny did a great job with those two saves at the start and kudos to him and the rest of the guys for keeping a clean sheet.”
Contributor: Junior Lone Star FC
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