This past weekend saw the SDA U12 girls going undefeated. The teams defense was anchored by Taylor Ray Russell, Madison Maleare, Grace Kindell and Hayleigh Cantrell. Madelyn Wilcox aka Mad Dog conceded only one goal during the tournament. In thier first game vs Scott Gallagher SC Bolton 02/03 the Demize dominated play from the onset of the match. The teams 1st goal scored by Abby Harrison after a beautiful play, with the midfielders connecting 4 passes and Abby dribbling past the last defender and placing the ball far post beating the Scott Gallagher goalie. The 2nd goal was scored by Emma George after a great ball movement that started with Emma Hartley in the middle of the field switching the ball to Kelsi Moore that then put a great through ball to the corner of the field for Katie Kamies to run onto then crossing the ball so Emma George could finish the service into an empty goal.
Second game vs Sporting J.B. Marine SC Handyside; Once again the teams scoring was started by Abby Harrison, with a top class free kick to the left top corner from 30 yards out. The free kick was followed by a goal scored by Madison Maleare. After a beautful through ball from Katie Kamies to Emma George, Emma dribble a defender close to the end line then picked up her head and crossed the ball for Kelsi Moore, who dummyed the ball to Madison Maleare, making the perfect run from right defense, finishing with a one touch shot that she placed in the back of the net on the keepers far post. The key play of the game was a save by Madelyn Wilcox early in the 2nd half. She held her ground and made a one on one point blank save when the game was still in the balance.
Third game vs Scott Gallagher SC Liverpool 02/03; The final was a highly contested match because SG Liverpool had a very strong and organized team. Wind was a major factor on Sundays game, the girls knew that they had to dominate the first half since we had the wind on our favor. We put a lot of pressure on their half and were able to control the pace and the possession of the first half. Taking the advantage of that posession, around the 20th minute was a beautiful free kick scored by Abby Harrison from 20 yards out. Second half was a different type of game. SG Liverpool had the wind on their favor and were able to control the field position and possession. The last 5 minutes of the game SG Liverpool throw numbers forward going all out for the tie to force overtime. Madelyn Wilcox had a lot of great saves and the defense held strong against a determined SG Liverpool team but with the shoutout the girls earned a narrow 1-0 victory.
Head Coach Pablo Rosales stated, "It was an amazing tournament and I am proud of every single player on our team. I am very excited for Regionals in Saint Louis in June to see how we stack up against the other state champions we will face. "
The Spingfield Demize Academy U17 boys played in the championship game against Magic, claiming the cup with a hard fought 2-0 victory. Chris Hanlon the Director of Coaching and head coach for the u17 boys team stated, "The 17s truly represent what the Demize academy program is all about, with players from all three demize academies, Branson, Joplin and Springfield represented on the roster. For me it was a complete team effort that catapulted the team to making history."
The Demize first goal was assisted by Josiah Dinwiddie, after stealing a pass in the midfield, he was able to play a chipped pass to Haydon Gibson. Haydon battled his way past the Magic center back and then beat the keeper with a slotted shot to the near post. "For me, Haydon was a game changer as the Demize target forward, he created fits for the Magic defenisve line all game with both his workrate and physicality." stated Hanlon. The demize midfield lead by Dustin Moesch, Austin Epperson, Alex Renfro and Keagan Peters frustrated the Magic players which lead to a red card from Magics top midfielder in the second half. After the red card, Demize player Dustin Moesch was able to score a goal off a header and cement the Demize victory. Goalkeeper Adam Davies held a clean sheet with defenders Josh Carlson, Robert Cheeney, Micheal ODonnell, Jared Gargus, Marcus Vasquez and Luke Willard anchoring the back line.
Both the Demize u12 boys and u14 boys fell just short of the mark at the Presidents cup. The u12 boys had a record of 1-1-1, with a tie against the Missouri Rush the age groups eventual champion. " The 2-0 loss verse a Rush team in our second game could have gone either way. We hit the post three times during the match and in the first five minutes of the game had a point blank shot save by the Rush keeper that had we finished would have changed the outcome of the game, " stated coach Hanlon. In their first match the u12 dominated from the very first whistle with Theo Hosmer scoring early with a shot to the lower corner off a rebound that poped out to the top of the box. Less than five minutes later the demize got their second goal off a great header from Aaron Seidman. The Demize defeated Troy United 2-0.
The Demize U14 boys missed out on the Sundays championship game, when they did not win the tie breaker, after losing the first game vs Ajax 2-0. The Demize found themselves down 1-0 with just minutes into the game as center back Duncan Livingston kicked the ground instead of the ball putting the Ajax forward in on a breakaway that he was able to chip the Demize Keeper Chris Rosebrough. The next sixty minutes saw Springfield dominating the game in both possesion and goal scoring chances but the frustration and pressure continued to mount. With the shot total at 14 - 3 in favor of the Demize, Ajax was able to ice the game in the final minutes off a short corner kick. The teams next match was a 2 - 1 win against the eventual state champion Missouri Rush. In a reversal of the earlier game the Demize forward Ethan Merino found the back of the net finishing a rebound off the Rush keeper. The academys defensive center midfielder Wade Korns had the game winner. The Missouri Rush would advance to the final on points and defeat SSC 6-0.
The U12 Girls and u17 Boys will represent the state of Misouri at the Regional competition June 11-14 in Saint Louis with the Regional champions headed to Nationals in July. Good luck to both teams as they prepare for regionals.
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