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Kickapoo Chiefs Send Nine To College Soccer Ranks

Kickapoo 2009 Soccer Signings

The Kickapoo Chiefs hosted a signing ceremony for their Class of 2009 who will continue their soccer careers in the Fall. Pictured from left to right:
Matt Eubanks and Lane Chapman, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Norseman (NJCAA); Chris “Tommy” Tombridge, Northwestern University Wildcats (D1); Tyler Bennett, Oglethorpe University Petrels (D2); Caleb Collier, Missouri S&T Miners (D2); Abby Anderson, Central Methodist University Eagles (NAIA) ; Ryan Moses, St Louis University Billikens (D1); Trevor Pedigo, Crowder College Roughriders (NJCAA)

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Springfield Demize Season Wrap

PDL Soccer: Springfield Demize host Colorado Rapids U23OK, how many of you attended a Demize game this season? And if you didn’t, what kept you away this summer?

The Demize had a difficult season, as measured by their 0-16 result. There were 8 goals scored, 48 surrendered. Tough numbers to reflect on but only part of the story of the team and the season. On the other hand, fans also got to see the PDL Champion Thunder Bay Chill twice this season in Springfield. The first game was a narrow 1-2 loss on June 14th and the second an 0-3 loss on July 2nd. 6 times the Demize were beaten by a single goal, out of a total of 16 games. This is a tough Conference, with the 2005 Champion Des Moines Menace, Colorado Rapids U23’s and St Louis Lions setting a very high level of play.

After 4 years of tracking PDL soccer, both here and throughout the region, I’ve come to appreciate how difficult PDL soccer is for the teams and participants. Once again this year, only two of the six teams in the Conference had winning road records (Chill and Rapids) and only one had a positive goal differential on the road (Chill). The Demize scored 6 of their 8 goals at home while surrendering 19. The games were hard fought battles against familiar opponents who also turnover 50% or more of their team year-to-year due to the nature of the league. Important facts but mere background in the bigger picture.

I’ve commented in the past about how much I enjoy the PDL season and this year was no different. It offers some of the highest quality play we can see in the region and a chance to see the continuing development of players we are familiar with in many cases. I talked to Armen Tonianse, Head Coach and Sam Blair, who handles the Reserves, about their experience this year as well as their plans going forward. The first topic of discussion was competition and here is what Armen offered:

The key this year was our effort to bring in committed players. That offered two immediate benefits, the first a higher level of competition with 25 or more players regularly practicing and working to earn playing time. The other thing we accomplished was offering our Reserve players the development opportunities that come from working and playing in a competitive environment like this.

The competitive environment described by Armen and Sam is something I have come to appreciate as an important aspect of any teams development. The most successful teams in my experience are practicing at game speed and building a team environment that supports that effort and competitive spirit. The Demize have also taken the time to explore the successful programs in the region. Thunder Bay’s win this year follows a 2-11-3 season only two years ago. One key for them has been consistency on the roster. Toniase addressed that topic as well:

A key commitment the team made from the beginning is the Reserve team. The Demize see the team as the future of the primary squad and there were several young men who benefited from that opportunity this year.

Sam Blair expanded on the topic:

The Demize made a commitment to the development of the Reserves this year with a couple of key steps. We took them on two road trips, including a trip to Colorado for our games against the Rapids U23. In addition, we see several of them as the future of this team, players like Robbie Curtis and Kyler Temple who begin their college career this Fall, and Lane Chapman who is a senior at Kickapoo. Our hope is that their experiences and growth with the Demize will lead to their continued participation in the future and the overall growth of the team.

I mentioned the 2005 Champion Menace earlier. They are a club and a team that set the bar when it comes to developing ties in the community and club programs in the region. Attendance regularly exceeds 2000 and Mediacom broadcasts several games live every season. Toniase described the model:

The key is building the pyramid. The PDL team is at the top, featuring the highest level of amateur play in the region. We want to offer players in this region an outlet to continue playing at the highest level, that is the key. It also requires increasing the depth and breadth of play locally, with the Reserves, the Club program Total Soccer is offering in Springfield and Logan-Rogersville and on-going play during the year.

I saw a lot of growth from the team as the season progressed, both on the pitch and in the area of sportsmanship. I hope that more of you will take the time to come out and support the players and the team in 2009. Look for more on the Demize and Total SC in the days to come.

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PDL Soccer: Colorado Rapids U23 Sweep Springfield Demize

The Demize lost the second game on their road trip to Colorado on Sunday 1-2, narrowing the gap significantly compared to Saturday’s match. Zach Prince sparks Rapids U-23 in win according the the Boulder Daily Camera, who noted:

Springfield broke through for its first goal in the weekend series in the 71st minute when substitute forward Nebossa Osaic flicked the ball into the goal after a Demize corner kick.

BTW, that’s Lane Chapman (Kickapoo 2009) pictured in the photo from the Daily Camera. Click on the photo to be taken to a series of shots from the game.

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St Louis Lions Get Past Demize On Early Goal

Springfield Demize The Demize lost 0-1 Saturday to the division-leading St Louis Lions on a goal in the 9th minute by defender David Mueller. Kickapoo Chief senior Lane Chapman saw his first minutes of this young season, coming on at midfield for the final 14 minutes.

The Demize next play an away-and-home series with the KC Brass, at KC on May 31st and returning home on June 6th. They’ll also host the Colorado Rapid Reserves on June 7th. new york independent escort

PDL: Springfield Demize Open Season Tonight Against Rapids U23

Springfield DemizeThe first home game will feature the Rapids U-23 squad, a PDL team based in Boulder CO.

The game is being played at the Cooper Soccer Complex, field 1 and tickets are $5, children under 6 are free. Game time is 7:30 pm and the forecast looks good.

The team is an international squad with professional aspirations. Games can match the quality of the Division 1 games we enjoy during the Fall and the team includes a good mix of local boys as well. I’m especially looking forward to cheering for Chris Murphy (Glendale 2004/Central Arkansas), Danny Curro (Nixa 2007/Avila University) and several recent graduates including Robbie Curtis (Ozark 2008/Lincoln Memorial) and Kyler Temple (Kickapoo 2008/Drury) along with Erik and Lane Chapman (Northeast Oklahoma and Kickapoo respectively). In addition, Eduardo Conde and Brett Thomas (2007 leading scorer) return.

The PDL is part of the United Soccer League and is equivalent to Single A baseball in that there are three more tiers to make it to the Majors, or Major League Soccer in particular. Unlike baseball, soccer is an equal opportunity employer and our local boys are competing in a national tournament known as the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The U.S. Open Cup, which is recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 93 consecutive years dating back to 1914. Like Golf’s US Open, there are regional qualifying games that can lead to an amateur team like our boys competing at the highest levels.

Eight teams will participate from the PDL, where 60 teams are eligible to qualify for the U.S. Open Cup. The top two teams from the Central Conference, which includes the Demize, will advance. Tonight’s game is opening night of the qualifying round and our boys will play their four games between now and May 26th identify if they will be one of the two Central Conference squads that will advance from the Professional Development League (PDL).

This one means something folks. Come cheer them on!
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