Colorado Rapids U23 – 3
Springfield Demize – 2
The game opened quickly Saturday night, when the Rapids Jacob Schmoker snuck a quick one past the Demize inside 5 minutes. The Rapids struck again in the 27th minute when Jeremy “JT” Howlan responded to being dispossessed in the offensive end by pursuing the defender and winning the ball back. His quick pass to his fellow front runner created a 1v1 opportunity for Schmoker who buried it to the far side.
The Demize were creating opportunities of their own although only one was on goal versus five for the Rapids in the half. Springfield escaped late in the half when Howlan was taken down in the box for a penalty kick, a shot he pushed wide just before the whistle for the half.
The PK led to the ejection of Eduardo Conde leaving the Demize a man short to start the second but 2-0 leads can be hard to maintain. Springfield came back to tie the game on goals by Israel Bisoni and Danny Foerster, both on assists by Omar Shoucair. Unfortunately, they went down another man when Javier Melon Gil was ejected for conduct. That opened the way for Sam Charles’ goal in the 80th minute, from a scramble in the box, that gave the U23s the win.