The Springfield Demize Academy fielded seven teams in various age groups at the Lake Country Soccer's Fall Classic. With four teams teams finishing in the top two spots in their respective age groups, the Demize Academy left it's mark on the tournament. The Academy teams posted a combined record of 15-6-4.
The U10 boys finshed tied for the top spot in their division with a record of 3-1 and missed out on playing in the championship game by one point based on the tie breaker system. A tough 4-3 loss in their first match against Sporting Columbia that saw the Demize fail to hold onto a 3-2 lead in the final five minutes of the match. The U10's then posted one goal victories in their next two games vs. SSC and Unified Eclipse out of Kansas City. Coach Ben stated, "The boys played well this weekend, with Kaulden Hood from the U10 Joplin Demize Academy and Tyrell Phinn, Brody Clemmons and Seira Taba out of Waynseville joining the Springfield Demize Academy, it took us the first match to get our bearings. Ethan Tucker played great in the midfield and Jase Jager scoring a game winner vs Eclipse off a free kick. It was exciting to see the Academy concept come together. "
The SDA U10/11 girls went undefeated with a 2-0-2 record finishing in second place and receiving hardward for the first time in the teams short tournament history. With 8 goals for and only 4 goals against, the girls dominated the competition but could not finish their breakaways vs. both MO Elite (1-1) and FCKC Skyhawks Blacks (1-1) where both games ended in a tie. This left the team tied in first place on points 26 with the deciding factor for the champion being the total goals scored.
The SDA U13 girls ended the weekend with a 1-1-1. The first game was a 0-0 tie vs WC Strikers out of Saint Louis. In their next match the girls fell in a tough contest to Sheffield United (6-1). Coach Pablo did not feel the score was indicitive to the game, "The girls had some point blank chances in the first half that we did not finsh and a few mental break downs on the defensive side of the field that cost us." The SDA U13 girls rebounded in the consilation game winning 2-0 vs Kansas Rush.
The SDA U12 Boys went undefeated with a 3-0-1 record. The team scored 14 goals with only 4 goals against. With a 2-0 victory vs. Sedalia Storm and a 7-2 win on Saturay vs. Unified FC Galaxy. On Sunday the boys won 4-1 vs. Sporting Columbia and with the tournament championship already in hand, the boys faced a beefed up SSC roster and ended up dominating the match but ended up with a 1-1 tie.
The SDA U13 Boys finished in second place with a (3-1) record out scoring their opponents with 15 goal for and only 6 goals against. The U13 boys started off the tournament on a roll with wins over FC Osage (3-0), Fury SC (5-1) and Carsons FC (7-2). In the final match two undefeated teams from the round robin bracket faced off to determine the champion. AR United Elite struck first early in the game off a restart outside the 18 yard box that seemed to deflate the Demize Academy team which had yet to trail in any match after 270 minutes of tournament play. The goal ended up as the game winner as the Demize were unable to score in the second half although they dominated possession and field position falling to United (3-0).
The SDA U14 boys finished the weekend with a record of 3-0-1 with 9 goals for and only 1 goal against. The defense was led by Cooper Hutfless, Theo Hosmer, Bryce Richmond, Wyatt Helm, Jackson Reynolds, Andrew Stuart, Devon Hart, and Noah Sutton. Joplin Demize Academy players Brady Carter and Jackson Reynolds had an immediate impact on the team, with Brady scoring a goal in the final and Jackson playing in almost every minute of the tournament for the Demize. Goalkeeper Isaac Swanson made two point blank saves in the team's first game in a (3-0) victory vs the AR Firehawks. Issac was also a game changer in the team's semi-final and final games with shut out victories vs. Azul-Perano (3-0) and Neosho United (2-0). The team was lead by Wade Korns, Alex Wood, and Jimmy Nguyen on the offenisve side of the ball with the team scoring some spectacular goals throughout the weekend.
The SDA High School Girls finshed with a 0-3 record. With goals against the Demize in the last minute of play on Saturday by the KC Comets and SSC, it was a tough weekend for the girls. Director of Coaching Chris Hanlon stated, "The high school girls could just not seem to find the back of the net. In all three game we had more chances to score then our opponents, we had more of the ball possesion, but we did not capitalize and it came back to haunt us late in the games. Over the last five years this is the first time our high school girls did not finish in 1st or 2nd place at the Fall Classic and although the team was disappointed in the results, I was proud of how hard and well the girls played over the weekend."
Congatualtions to all the Demize Academy teams, coaches, managers, players, and families that made this weekend such a success for our club.