Cedar Stars FC National Professional Soccer League Faller Field

MIDDLETOWN — With a minute left in injury time, hometown Cedar Stars FC pushed forward for a potential tie-breaker.

A shrill chant of “CSA! CSA! CSA!” rose from dozens of children in the stands at Faller Field, all wearing their green game jerseys, in support of the Cedar Stars Academy veterans who had played before them.

As the referees took official time off, Christian Henry served a free-kick from the left touchline that fired halfway into the box. Gunnar Studenhofft – with Cedar Stars’ only goal in the 25th minute – had his back to goal as he managed to get a chunk of the ball before it slammed onto the turf.

Ikiel Collins-Brown – something of a crowd pleaser, a Monroe-Woodbury High School graduate playing on the familiar grass – found himself unsupervised in a tiny room on the left wing. The ball flew towards him and with a mighty swing he ripped off a right-footed shot that flew harmlessly over the cage. A collective groan rose from several hundred fans as they braved two hours of light rain hoping for a perfect end to a historic night.

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