Springfield Demize claim the top spot in the Heartland Division with a victory over the Kansas City Brass Friday night.
Friday night the Springfield Demize tried to win back to back games for the first time since the 2010 season. With the win, they would claim a share of first place in the Heartland division with the Real Colorado Foxes. With four home games under their belt, the Demize held a 3-1 record and had 9 pts with four games played, while Colorado sat with 9 pts with six games played.
"Over the past few seasons we have had a hard time finishing our chances in the first half, " stated General Manager Chris Hanlon, "The goal in the 15th minute by Colin Helmerich (IPFW) not only gave us momentum but it also got the crowd excited and into the game."
After the goal, the Demize had another golden opportunity to potentially put the game away early in the half with a two vs. one situation with Eric Martin (MSU) and Alec Nagel (Drury). Unfortunately, the through ball was cut off by Brass keeper Alex Drambour. After that opportunity, the Brass seemed to pick up their play, challenging starting keeper Trevor Spangenburg (MSU) to make two big saves to keep the Demize 1-0 lead going into halftime.
"The Brass were very good at capitalizing off of our mistakes," stated coach Armen Tonianse , "and the game was still very much up for grabs going into the second half."
The second half began with the Demize netting a goal in the 51st minute as Alfredo Quesada found himself unmarked in the Brass box finishing with a one time half volley that beat Brass keeper Drambour. The scoring for either team was was not finished there. The Brass would bring the game within one goal just a few minutes later as their forward Jordan Green was able to score after the Demize defense was unable to clear the ball out of the box.
With the game now on the line, the Demize would storm back in the 76th and 80th minutes to claim the victory. Frenchman Matthew Petite assisted Jose Esparza who netted a great left-footed goal for the inside corner of the box and just four minutes later Jose would assist outside midfielder Drew Edmond (WIU) who scored with a great header from 16 yards out. Drew had the game winner in the 90th minute against Real Colorado putting him atop the Demize goal scoring list with two goals in three games played so far this season.
The Springfield Demize take on the Saint Louis Lions next Thursday, May 31 at LCS Cooper stadium with the kickoff at 7:00 PM. Come out and support the Demize as they try to extend their impressive winning streak and claim sole possession of first place in the Heartland Division. For more information check out the Demize website at www.demizesoccer.com.