Second chance isn't wasted by Stars FC forward

  • Article by: DAVID LA VAQUE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 6, 2012 - 12:14 AM

Miguel Ibarra came through when given another opportunity, and Ernest Tchoupe also scored in his debut with the NASL champions.

Minnesota Stars FC forward Miguel Ibarra hoped to extend his team's lead with a goal early in the second half Saturday night, but he deflected the ball off his left foot and over the Atlanta goal.

The announced crowd of 1,692 fans at the National Sports Center in Blaine groaned, and Stars coach Manny Lagos lamented what was shaping up to be a goal both crafty and critical. But Ibarra never worried.

"I was just thinking I was unlucky, but the next opportunity I got, I was going to put it away," Ibarra said.

Ibarra's next chance came in the 76th minute, as Kentaro Takada used his heel to drop the ball into position for Ibarra to shoot. He didn't miss. The goal led to a 2-0 victory, moving the defending North American Soccer League champions to an undefeated mark of 2-0-3 this season after their first game of the year at their regular home.

"He's a young, exciting player," Lagos said of Ibarra. "Sometimes, it's nice to be a rookie, because you don't have to worry about how chances are few and far between."

Reserve Ernest Tchoupe made the most of his Stars debut, entering the game in the 22nd minute for injured starting defender Connor Tobin and heading home a corner kick from Neil Hlavaty in the 24th minute for a 1-0 Stars lead.

"It got his confidence up and got us going," Ibarra said of Tchoupe's goal.

The goal gave the Stars something to show for holding the territorial edge early in the first half. Devin Del Do nearly scored earlier in the half, but Atlanta's Martyn Lancaster saved his beaten goaltender and booted the ball to safety.

Playing with the lead was a welcome change for the Stars, who needed stoppage-time goals in their past two games to salvage ties.

The Silverbacks battled back, however, putting the Stars defense under duress for the half's final 10 minutes.

The Stars appeared to get the last word with a goal from Amani Walker in first-half stoppage time. But officials ruled Walker was offside and waved the goal off immediately.

Potent Silverbacks scorer Reinaldo Navia got free near the Stars goal early in the second half, but keeper Matt VanOekel dived and got his hands on the ball.

  • MINNESOTA STARS 2, ATLANTA 0

    Up next: 7:30 p.m. Saturday vs. Carolina • NSC Stadium

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

New England 2/1/15 5:30 PM
Seattle
Toronto 73 3rd Qtr 2:44
Indiana 57
Cleveland 47 3rd Qtr
Detroit 39
Milwaukee 54 3rd Qtr
Miami 50
Memphis 2 1st Qtr 9:44
Dallas 6
Chicago 9:30 PM
Golden State
Washington 9:30 PM
LA Lakers
NY Rangers 0 3rd Prd
NY Islanders 2
Arizona 3 3rd Prd
Philadelphia 3
Winnipeg 2 3rd Prd
Pittsburgh 2
Washington 2 3rd Prd
Columbus 3
Tampa Bay 1 2nd Prd 14:13
Carolina 2
Dallas 1 2nd Prd 14:59
Montreal 3
Detroit 2 2nd Prd 14:02
Florida 2
Colorado 1 1st Prd :03
Nashville 0
Buffalo 8:00 PM
Calgary
Minnesota 8:30 PM
Edmonton
Anaheim 9:00 PM
Vancouver
Ball State 44 2nd Half 4:05
Akron 54
Northern Ill 41 2nd Half 4:53
Bowling Green 49
Western Mich 57 2nd Half 3:47
Buffalo 66
Ohio 38 2nd Half 1:31
Eastern Mich 68
Xavier 48 2nd Half 7:55
Georgetown 35
Vanderbilt 50 2nd Half 3:44
Georgia 57
West Virginia 46 2nd Half 9:32
Kansas State 41
Central Mich 40 2nd Half 7:06
Kent State 47
Saint Josephs 46 2nd Half 3:05
La Salle 45
Nebraska 41 2nd Half 2:07
Michigan 56
Miami-Ohio 57 2nd Half 2:21
Toledo 65
Tulsa 55 2nd Half 3:08
Tulane 42
George Washington 35 2nd Half 7:31
VA Commonwealth 53
Pittsburgh 53 2nd Half 5:15
Virginia Tech 49
Indiana State 26 1st Half 6:30
Evansville 28
Tabor College 17 1st Half 3:42
Oral Roberts 34
Florida 8:00 PM
Alabama
Tennessee 8:00 PM
Arkansas
Texas A&M 8:00 PM
Auburn
Baylor 8:00 PM
Oklahoma State
DePaul 0 Postponed
Providence 0
Michigan State 0 Postponed
Rutgers 0
Wyoming 8:00 PM
Utah State
Fresno State 8:05 PM
San Diego St
UNLV 9:00 PM
Nevada
SD Christian 9:00 PM
CS-Bakersfield
Colorado State 10:00 PM
Boise State
Columbia International 33 FINAL
Charleston Southern 74
Temple 66 2nd Half 4:22
UCF 45
Campbell 40 2nd Half 5:08
Presbyterian 44
Coastal Carolina 54 2nd Half 3:44
High Point 69
Gardner-Webb 41 2nd Half 5:21
Radford 50
UNC-Asheville 53 2nd Half 2:47
Liberty 56
Winthrop 57 2nd Half 1:55
Longwood 55
Tulane 24 1st Half 2:46
Houston 18
(3) Baylor 46 1st Half 0:05
TCU 34
Navy 19 1st Half 2:23
American Univ 27
Valparaiso 13 1st Half 0:59
Illinois-Chicago 22

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: What chance does the Wild have of making the playoffs?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close