Michigan Stars stumble in 1-0 setback to Oakland Roots in NISA Fall Tournament
Oakland Roots made Seo-In Kim’s goal in the fourth minute stand up in a 1-0 victory over the Michigan Stars on the final day of Group A play Sunday at Hamtramck’s Keyworth Stadium.
As a result, the Roots (2-0-1) advance to the National Independent Soccer Association Fall Tournament semifinals Wednesday. The Pontiac-based Stars (1-1-1) crashed out of the competition after Detroit City FC defeated New Amsterdam 4-2.
The Stars needed a win or draw by New Amsterdam (0-1-1) to advance. Michigan defeated DCFC 2-0 to open Group A play on Sept. 21 and drew 2-2 to New Amsterdam on Thursday.
The top two finishers in the four-team group advance to the semifinals.
Group B play concludes Monday with Chattanooga FC playing Cal United Strikers at 5 p.m. and New York Cosmos taking on LA Force at 8 p.m.
Semifinals start Wednesday with the Group A first-place finisher playing the Group B second-place finisher at 5 p.m. and the Group B first-place facing the Group A runner-up at 8 p.m.
Oakland, which lost 2-1 to DCFC on Thursday, started on the attack against the Stars, earning an early corner kick. Kim managed to move in unmarked and backheeled the delivery past a stunned Stars goalkeeper Tatenda Mkuruva.
The Stars made a few forays on the Roots’ goal, which was admirably commanded by 6-foot-7 netminder Christian Herrera.
Late in the first half, the Stars’ Kyle Nuel barely missed on a low drive off an indirect free kick that was awarded after Herrera was adjudged to have crossed the 18-yard area while punting a ball.
The Stars also had a goal off a free kick called back in the second half on an offsides call late in the second half.