FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (April 14, 2012) – The Fort Lauderdale Strikers (1W-1T-0L) tied with defending NASL Champion Minnesota Stars FC (0W-2T-0L) in front of 2,916 at Lockhart Stadium on Saturday night.
Timely goalkeeping was the story of the night for both teams. Stars goalkeeper Matt VanOekel made several key saves, and his counterpart for the Strikers, Matt Glaeser, was equally impressive as both teams posted their second consecutive shutout to start the season.
“We had some good chances and both goalkeepers made some great saves tonight,” said Strikers head coach Daryl Shore. “The 0-0 result was probably a fair assessment of the game. They were much better than us in the first half and we played better in the second half.”
The match was filled with opportunities which neither side was able to capitalize on. Minnesota Stars FC had the early pressure when a misplayed ball was turned over and the Stars had a four on two break. Strikers defender Toni Stahl managed to tackle the ball away from a trailing position and end the break before the Stars could get a shot.
"We walk off the field and want to get better, to start pushing the game a little more," Stars head coach Manny Lagos said. "The first half was one of those where could have seized the moment and put ourselves in position to win the game. Credit to them, they came out in the second pushed us, but I think we responded well and had our chances."
The Strikers are unbeaten in eight games at Lockhart Stadium stretching back to last season including the playoffs. Matt Glaeser has a shutout streak of 180 minutes.
“Toni Stahl was solid and bailed us out of a couple of plays,” said Shore. “That’s why he’s one of the NASL’s best eleven.”
The Strikers set a new franchise record for not allowing a goal to start a season. The previous record was 97 minutes in 2006.
Timely goalkeeping was the story of the night for both teams as Minnesota Stars FC and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers played to a 0-0 stalemate at Lockhart Stadium Saturday evening. Stars FC goalkeeper Matt VanOekel made several key saves, and his counterpart for the Strikers, Matt Glaeser, was equally impressive as both teams posted their second consecutive shutout to start the season.
Strikers: Matt Glaeser; Nickardo Blake, Jack Stewart, Toni Stahl (c), Lance Laing; Conor Shanosky, Scott Lorenz, Walter Restrepo; Polo Morales (Pat Otte 73'), Darnell King (Mark Anderson 83'), Andy Herron
Stars: Matt Van Oekel; Brian Kallman (c), Kevin Friedland, Connor Tobin, Justin Davis; Miguel Ibarra, Neil Hlavaty, Kentaro Takada, Lucas Rodriguez (Martin Nunez 61'); Simone Bracalello (Devin Del Do 70'), Amani Walker