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Demize semi-pro indoor team is back!
The Demize Premier Arena soccer team is back!!!
After sitting out the 2015-2016 season, semi-professional indoor soccer will once again be back at the Lake Country's indoor soccer dome. The team has rebranded as the Demize PASL with a new ownership group. This new group currently includes former Demize Academy standout Kaleb Romero. Kaleb set records for career goals and points at Nixa high school and he made his Springfield Demize PDL debut at the age of 17. Kaleb has also been a member of the Springfield PASL team both in high school and college where he played at both NEO and SBU. His senior year in college Kaleb was SBU's captain and upon graduating became the graduate assistant coach with the Bearcats. Kaleb is currently the assistant high school coach at Parkview and will be a player coach for the PASL team this upcoming season. Another member of the new group is Joey Caulk a recently retired Staff Sergeant in the United States Army who grew up playing soccer at Neosho high school and in the collegiate ranks at Missouri Southern State University. Joey is currently an assistant coach for the Joplin Demize NPSL team and assistant coach for the Joplin Demize Academy youth soccer program. Joey will be a part of both the coaching staff and teams operations.
Another new addition to the group is Nick Pettit. Played at Oklahoma Baptist from 2008-2012. Was Conference runner-up in 2008 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. In 2010 his team were both regular season and conference tournament champions in the SAC. They advanced all the way to the round of 16 in the national tournament. Pettit graduated in 2012 from OBU but not before collecting his USSF “B” license. He was assistant coach for OBU from 2012-2015. In June of 2015 Pettit took over the Southwest Baptist University Men’s team. In his first year he help guide his players to regional recognition with 2 all-conference players, 1 NSCAA All-Region player, and 1 CoSIDA All-Region Player. Pettit also assisted Coach Hanlon with the Joplin Demize NPSL as a player coach. In total as an assistant and head coach, Pettit has coached 7 All-conference players, 1 All-Region, and 8 All-State players. Finally, Chris Hanlon one of the two original founders of the Springfield Demize PASL team will round out the team's coaching staff and will act as the team's General Manager.
Teams from Tulsa, Saint Louis, Kansas City and either Omaha or Dallas will face off against the Demize in the Midwest division of the PASL Premier. The team will play an eight game regular season with four home and four away games in an effort to qualify for the national championships held in early March.
Tryouts for the team will be held on December 3rd at LCS from 9-10:30pm. The home opener is set for December 16th with the kick-off at 7:30 PM.
From 2008 until 2015 the Springfield Demize PASL team brought the highest level of indoor soccer to Southwest Missouri. This includes two seasons (2009-2011) where the Demize played in the PASL Pro league as an expansion team showcasing Springfield's first ever professional arena soccer games. In 2012 the Springfield Demize hosted the quarterfinals of the US Open Arena National Championship. The 2014 season saw the team earn qualification to the national championship round in Chicago where the team narrowly missed reaching the final four.
More information including the team's home schedule can be found by visiting www.demizesoccer.com and clicking on the PASL tab.
The Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL) is a national amateur arena league that was started in 1997. Having just concluded its 18th year, the PASL is the largest international indoor/arena soccer league in the world. The PASL currently has over 30 teams in 4 divisions across the USA. The PASL serves as a developmental league of the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL). October 2008 marked the debut of the MASL, which was originally called the Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL Pro).
Demize PASL team Qualifies for PASL National Championships
The Springfield Demize PASL team have qualified to compete at the National Championships for the first time. The team has made the Elite Eight where the Demize will play in group B against the Colorado Blizzard, Indiana Lions, and the River City Saints. The top two teams after the Saturdays group competition will makeup the final four. The final four will play on Sunday at the Sears Centre to determin the 2014 PASL National Champion.
Current or Former Springfield Demize Players Receive NSCAA Diplomas
Five current or former Springfield Demize players traveled to Ft. Lauderdale, FL to attend the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) advanced diploma courses. These courses are designed for coaches with an advanced level of experience in soccer. Those attending received diplomas in one of four programs offered by NSCAA.
Demize PDL and PASL player Gerard Barbero Invited to MISL Combine
This past fall, Barbero played indoor soccer with the Demizein the PASL pro winter league. He played in five of the eight game season for the Demize, scoring eight goals and ten assists. His PASL exposure was a key part in him receiving the invitation this week.
The Sprinfield Demize finished their season with a high learning curve in their first ever foray into the Professional Arena Soccer League having been promoted into the Frontier Division after two stand out years in the Premier Arena Soccer League. The Demize went 3-3-2 over Premier teams, with two of their losses coming from the opposition winning by only one more goal than the Demize.
The Demize went on a late run after a dissappointing opening run with two loses to PASL-Pro competition Illinois Piasa, but bounced back with back to back draws against Evansville Crush at home before Piasa FC came to Lake Country Soccer. The Demize were able to get their winning edge right with a home win over Paducah in a history making weekend, playing in the first ever three game weekend in PASL history. The Demize won their first of their three games, but suffered a heavy handed loss against PASL-Pro team Illinois Piasa. Tired legs won out on Sunday with the Demize giving up a very late goal, losing 6-5 in the last minute.
The Demize started February with a 10-6 win over Piasa FC but lost narrowly away at Evansville Crush 7-6 after a back to back game. The Demize travelled to Paducah Wildcats to end their season with a convincing 8-3 victory.
January was a busy month for the 2012 Springfield Demize PASL squad!
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!
Springfield Demize Announces First Team and Reserve Team Rosters
2010-11 Rosters now available
The Springfield Demize will be entering it’s first foray into the world of professional soccer this upcoming season as it enters the Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL-Pro). The Demize will compete in the Frontier Division with other up and coming teams that wish to secure a permanent spot in the PASL-Pro after seasons in the PASL-Premier amateur division. The Demize had over 40 athletes come to the November try-outs.
11/9/10 - The Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL-Pro) kicks off its third season this Friday with six new teams and and an influx of talent.
The Louisville Lightning host the Cincinnati Kings on Friday as last year’s top two Eastern Division teams lock horns again. Louisville has added Boyzzz Khumalo from DC United and Othaniel Yanez from the Columbus Crew. The Kings counter by bringing back Kwame Sarkodie from the Colorado Rapids and Kenney Bertz from the Rochester Rhinos.
What’s new in the PASL-Pro is the Tacoma Stars, Revolucion Tijuana, and the Frontier Division which includes the Kitsap Pumas, Wenatchee Fire, Illinois Piasa, and Springfield Demize.
Six teams return including the Lightning, Kings (who played last year as 1790 Cincinnati Express), defending champion San Diego Sockers, California Cougars, Detroit Waza, and Ohio Vortex. The Kings have moved into the spacious Cincinnati Gardens and the Cougars and Vortex are back full-time at Stockton Arena and Canton Civic Center, respectively, after playing at multiple venues last year.
The PASL-Pro now has 12 teams and will play an interlocking schedule with the three team Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League for the third straight year.
Saturday’s opening weekend festivities include the return of professional arena soccer to Tacoma for the first time since 1992. Stars player/coach Greg Howes returns to pro soccer as well for the first time since a brief stint with the Cougars in 2008/09. Howes won three MVP awards with the Milwaukee Wave in the MISL when he was widely considered the best player in the sport. Kicking off the festivities for Tacoma will be American Idol icon Sanjaya Malakar singing the national anthem.
"We have seen a sharp rise in media coverage and interest from potential owners," said PASL-Pro Commissioner Kevin Milliken. "We are achieving growth that our sport hasn’t seen in many years, while keeping our teams’ financial risk to an absolute minimum."
PASL Season Review
A look into the 2008-2009 season
Take an in depth look at the 2008-2009 Demize’s first season in the PASL-Premier.
The Springfield Demize will enter their first weekend with a slew of games in their opening weekend of the 2012 Premier Arena Soccer League Season.
The Demize open their 2012 calendar against Paducah Premier on Friday, January 6th. The game is scheduled to kick off at 8:00 PM at Lake Country Soccer at the Dome. The Demize will turn around the next day to play against Evansville Crush in another home game as they play the second game of their weekend triple header. The Crush game is scheduled for a 7:30 PM kick off and will be again played in front of the Demize home fans at the LCS Dome.
The weekends soccer madness will end with a Round of 16 visit from former PASL Premier Champions Vitesse Dallas. The southwest Dallas were the 2008/2009 National Champions at the PASL Premier level and will make the seven and a half hour trip to Springfield. With a win, the Demize are in the Quarter-Finals of the US Arena Open Cup. The winner will take on the winner of PASL Premier clubs Denver Dynamite and Colorado Blizzard in late January.
The Demize will have another back to back weekend on January 14th and 15th as Louisville Rayo and Paducah Premier welcome the club on a two game road trip.
Springfield Demize vs. Texas Outlaws RECAP
Demize play strong in first Pro match
Take a look back at the Springfield Demize’s first Professional Arena Soccer League match against the Texas Outlaws, in Dallas, Texas.
The Springfield Demize will be joining a new division inside of the PASL structure, the Professional Frontier Division. The following teams make up the new conference: Wenatchee, Kitsap, Tecate, Illinois, Springfield, Texas, Tulsa, and Vittesse. The Demize has participated in the Premier Division during the last two seasons, and was granted Provisional Professional status in in their last campaign.
Now granted full Provisional Professional status for the upcoming season, the Demize will take on a 12 game season, with six home games mixed with six away games. The Demize will travel to their normal opposition in Saint Louis against Piasa FC as well as the Saint Louis Illusion, while traveling to Kansas City to take on the Kansas City Kings. New opponents will be added to the schedule to make up the extra games as the Demize will face teams from Illinois, Texas, and Oklahoma. On of the exciting aspect of the division is the winner of the Pro Expansion get a playoff spot in the PASL Pro Division.
" The Demize are one of the teams that will keep its Amatuer status and play against various professional teams this season in a effort to continue to raise the level of play each year for our players and fans to be exposed to the indoor game," said Springfield Demize General Manager Chris Hanlon. "This move means a high caliber of competion and better venues for the Demize to play in and against. I realize that in some cases we are at a disadvantage because we are playing against professional players and teams but the level of development and exposure for our local players is what the Demize is here in Southwest Missouri for. "
As always, the Demize will once again call the Lake Country Soccer Dome home, located at 2334 E Pythian Street in Springfield, Missouri. All 2010-2011 Springfield Demize games are FREE ADMISSION.
Springfield Demize Opening Night
US Open Arena Soccer Championships Round of 16
12/8/10 - The nation’s largest pro/am arena soccer tournament is once again underway. The United States Open Arena Soccer Championship has completed several qualifying tournaments across the country. The winners earned the right to face teams from the Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL-Pro) and Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL-Premier).
The Springfield Demize will face Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL-Pro) local rivals Illinois Piasa Saturday at Lake Country Soccer, with kick off scheduled for 8:00PM.This will be the first ever United States Open Arena Soccer game hosted in Springfield, Missouri, with the Demize pre-qualifying for the Round of 16.
Any US team, pro or amateur can enter the US Open. Last year the San Diego Sockers defeated the Louisville Lightning, 11-7 to claim the trophy. In 2008/09, the St. Louis Illusion beat the Detroit Waza 8-3 in the final to win the first ever tournament. Like the outdoor Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, the US Arena Open is conducted as an in-season tournament, separate from the league championships.
The Cincinnati Kings and the California Cougars have already progressed out of the round of 16, narrowing the selection down from the Cup’s original 49 qualifiers. This year’s first qualifying tournament was held in Evansville on October 9. The final qualifying tournament will be held this Saturday and Sunday in San Diego.
PASL-Premier teams have not generally fared well against PASL-Pro teams, but the Tacoma Stars (then of the PASL-Premier) advanced to the US Open Semifinals in 2008/09 and Vitesse Dallas made it to last year’s Semifinals. Not coincidentally those two teams are the last two PASL-Premier season champions. No independent team has yet advanced past the Round of 16.