The PASL opener at home for the Springfield Demize against Paducah Premier was a long awaited match. Tryouts for the Demize began early in November of 2011 and the squads were settled before first team training in December. An opening triple-header weekend of PASL/US Arena Open Cup indoor soccer was looming after the 2012 calendar change.
Two months after their first practice session, the Demize Opened their PASL-Premier league schedule with a home game against the Pumas of Paducah on Friday, January 6th. The home team got off to a good start with a 4-1 lead. Late on into the match, mental mistakes lead to a comeback from Paducah. The game ended in a 6-6 draw to open the PASL season after a tough forth quarter for Springfield.
A night later, Springfield hosted the Evansville Crush. While holding the ball and keeping almost all of the possession during the first half, the Demize cruised to a 5-0 lead at halftime. Coming into the second half, the 12 man Evansville team noticeably began to weaken as the game carried. The 17 men dressed for Springfield ran over the Crush to a 13-0 run, before the away team managed to squeeze a rocket blast past the Demize. The game ended in a trilling 16-1 home win for the Demize as a packed Lake Country stand watched on.
Sunday January 8th’s US Open Areana Cup game was going to be a tough task for the Demize. It was their third game in as many days and it was also drawn against the 2009 PASL Premier National Champions, Vitesse Dallas. A hard fought game for the Demize was not enough for the home team as they lost a lead in the 4th quarter. The final was 5-7, enough for Dallas to progress to the Quarter finals of the 2012 US Arena Open Cup.
On January 14th, the Demize left Springfield for a two game road trip. The first match was against Louisville Rayo. A first half red card saw player/assistant coach Julio Reyes sent off. Unable to complete a second half comeback, the Demize fell in Kentucky, 8-6.
The team traveled to the west Kentucky to rematch the Paducah Pumas. The first meeting was a close encounter with both teams working out defensive schemes after the Christmas break. The Demize lead 5-4 in the fourth quarter before having a 2 minute penalty called against them. During the man-down situation for the Demize, Bradley Stillwagon won the ball with skill and beat the Paducah defense. That goal secured the win for the Springfield Demize to end the road trip with a hard earned win and improved their PASL regular season record to 2-1-1.
The last game of January was a home game on the 20th. It was a fast paced and entertaining match that saw a noticeable increase from the home support. One of the tensest matches this year saw the Illinois Fire and Springfield accumulate many early fouls. After working well on man-down situations defensively the weekend before, the Demize was scored on twice with a man advantage. The Springfield lead began in the 1st quarter and continued into the 4th quarter. The goalkeeper for the Fire was called with a few minutes remaining in the game. On a quick transition and goal the Demize were able to score on the empty net left by Illinois’ 6th Attacker. That goal pushed the Demize onto a second consecutive home win to remain undefeated in PASL league play at home and a 3-1-1 overall record.
The Springfield Demize return to action on Friday Feburary 3rd for their final PASL home game of the season against Futskilz Fusion. Kickoff at Lake Country is at 8pm!