Friday night the Springfield Demize faced the defending Heartland Division Champions Real Colorado Foxes and came up short in a 1-0 loss. The Foxes scored just 90 seconds into the second half when Colorado’s forward Dan Dwyer finished a cross from Robbie Derschang with a header that beat Demize keeper TrevorSpangenberg, MSU. Trevor after posting his first shutout of the season in the Demize victory over the Menace had kept a clean slate for 121 minutes before conceding the Demize’s first goal of the season.
"I thought Trevor made two key saves in the first have including a 1v1 breakaway that kept the match scoreless at halftime," stated head coach Armen Tonianse. "He put us in a position to stay in the game and the breakdown was a defensive marking error that resulted in the goal. We fell asleep after the halftime break."
After the goal coach Tonianse made some changes to the lineup which included moving Jack Roberts of MSU into defensive center mid and Drew Edmond of WUI into the outside midfield position, Colin Helmrich, IPFW was also inserted up top to infuse some fresh legs into the lineup. The result was a very aggressive attacking minded half filled lots of scoring opportunities for the Demize with two balls cleared off the Foxes goal-line and one post being rung. The Demize held a huge 7 -2 advantage in corner kicks throughout the game.
"I felt that we played well enough to deserve the draw and in the second half," stated Demize General Manager Chris Hanlon after the match. "We had Colorado on the ropes but we could not find the equalizer."
The true test would come Saturday afternoon during the heat of the day the Demize struck first opening the scoring in the 15th minute off a corner kick from MSU alumni Gerard Barbero to Mateus Silva with a half volley finish in a crowded box. The Demize seemed to have the game under control until defender Luis Percovich dislocated and separated his ankle later in the 1st half after a hard tackle. Once play resumed the Demize took the 1-0 lead into halftime. In the 63 minute the Foxes would answer back with a goal by Santiago Velez assisted again by Robbie Derschang.
The game seemed destined for a draw until the dieing moments of the match were Alfredo Quesada played the perfect diagonal thru ball to WIU’s Drew Edmond who proceeded to dribble goalkeeper Roberto Perez and score in the 90th minute. The excitement did not end their with four minutes of stoppage time and four more yellow card to follow. The Demize were able to respond to Friday night’s disappointing result and defeat the defending Heartland champions for the first time in three seasons.
Come out and watch the Springfield Demize take on Kansas City Brass in the local derby Friday night May 25th at 7pm at LCS Cooper stadium. Currently the Demize sit in 3rd place in the Heartland Division a win would place them tied for first. For more information visit our website at www.demizesoccer.com.