The moniker for the Springfield Demize has become “Play for Gabe” after midfielder Gabe Christianson ended his PDL season last Saturday with a broken tibia and fibula. The first opportunity for Christianson’s teammates to play a game with this mindset was Tuesday evening in Chicago, where they earned a 2-0 victory. Nomura set a franchise record with his fourth clean sheet on the year.
Nomura Sets Club Record Fourth Shutout in Win Over Chicago
CHICAGO, Ill. – The moniker of this Springfield Demize (2-3-3) team has become “Play for Gabe” after midfielder Gabe Christianson ended his PDL season last Saturday with a broken tibia and fibula. The first opportunity for Christianson’s teammates to play a game with this mindset was Tuesday evening in Chicago, where they earned a 2-0 victory.
The Demize, who was looking for their first goal since May, traveled up to Chicago for the second time in this six-game road swing to face the Inferno (0-3-2). The two played to a scoreless draw in the squads’ first matchup.
Going into the second half, the Demize coaching staff decided that they needed a spark in the mid-field. James Routledge, native of New Zealand and member of the New Zealand U-20 National Team, saw his debut as the Demize's first substitution. Routledge, also a member of the Missouri State Bears soccer team, proved to be the spark the Demize needed as they controlled the ball and began to counter attack.
Shortly after Routledge entering the match, Gabe Christianson’s brother, Garet Christianson came on the field and supplemented the Routledge spark. Hardly any time passed before Garet received a ball at his feet, just outside the penalty box, and attacked two players before blasting a shot on goal. The ball appeared to be going in before the Inferno's outstretched keeper got a hand to it and deflected it off the upright.
Coach Ian Henry commended the Inferno goalkeeper. “He pulled off a number of magnificent saves to keep the score line down and we were also unfortunate to hit the post,” said Henry. “Our dominance in creating chances meant we were always going to score.”
As if the victory and shutout were not enough, in stoppage time, the Demize shared a special moment in the closing minutes of the game. Christianson saw an opportunity to get his first goal for the Demize and that he did. Garet took advantage of the Inferno goalkeeper who was playing off his line and finished his first goal of the year. He slotted the ball the past the right side of the opposing keeper to provide Springfield with some insurance.
Springfield’s lengthy road trips concludes on Saturday in Des Moines. The Demize return to Springfield on June 26th to face St. Louis for the third time this season.