Demize fall short in the Heartland conference opening match

The Joplin Demize started off their season on Saturday May 20th against the Little Rock Rangers. The game began fast pace as both teams had several chances in the first 8 minutes. The Demize had the better of the play at the start of the game, however it was the Rangers who struck first, taking the lead after 9 minutes from a full volley near the top of the box. Possession continued to change between teams throughout the first half as neither team could really build an attack. The Demize played long balls to it's strikers with little success as the Rangers back four defended well. The Demize earned an equalizer in the 35th minute after a long thrown in flicked on by Aboubakr Diallo and finished by George Redwin. Little Rock began to show more signs of attack and finally broke through for a second goal at the 43rd minute mark off a great cross in the box with a back-post header.

Demize made several changes at halftime which saw a change in tactics. Demize began to play the ball out of the back more, holding possession. Looking to find an equalizer, Demize pushed numbers forward in search of a second goal. Demize created several great opportunities throughout the second half, but could not convert. Little Rock continued to put pressure on Demize with some counter attacks but Demize keeper Thomas Zajfert was up to the task and held a clean sheet in the second half. The game ended with a Little Rock victory with a 2-1 score line.

Although the Demize suffered a loss, they showed promise to their upcoming season. The Demize have two games this weekend with the first being Friday May 26th against Tulsa in Branson, Missouri and the second game being on Sunday May 28th against Dallas City FC at Joplin high school.

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