Springfield Demize – 2
St Louis Lions – 3
Despite taking an early lead on a 6th minute goal by Brett Thomas, from Danny Foerster, the Demize once again fell on a late goal by an opponent. The team played a man down from the 21st minute when Ous Senghore was given a second yellow, and the resultant red card ejection, for a hand ball in the box. The Lions captain, Deno Merrick (MO Baptist Head Coach), calmly slotted the PK into the lower left corner to tie the game. The Demize fought back however to take the lead again on Thomas’ second goal of the game, and the season, after Foerster’s run into the box saw his shot parried by a diving keeper but the rebound fell to Thomas. He calmly lifted the ball over the keeper and into the far side netting as the team continued to fight.
The lead held until the 77th minute when the Lion’s leading scorer, Tom Heinemann (Rockford University) took a ball from Mike Utley and broke into the six yard box before sliding his shot to the near post. Heinemann scored again in the 82nd as the Demize pushed forward in an attempt to earn their first win of the season and spoil the Lion’s efforts to remain in the race for the Heartland Division crown. The goals were Heinemann’s 6th and 7th of the season, leading the Lion’s. He was denied on a couple of early attempts as goalkeeper Chris Hanlon fought to keep his team close but it was once again to no avail.
I’ll have video of the game in the next day or two (it’s the holiday’s after all) the final 4 goals and other action from the game.
The Springfield Demize finish the season with an away game at St Louis on Saturday and their final home game of the season is Thursday July 10th when the Des Moines Menace visit. The Menace are in third at the moment, with a pair of games this weekend against the leaders Thunder Bay that will determine their fate. The game next Thursday will feature the return of Drury Panther players Cody Reinberg and Marco Cherisma who are both playing key roles for the Menace.