Devyn Jambga is surrounded by teammates after scoring a late goal to solidify the Meance's season-opening win. Photo credit: Joe Sprunger

Into a winning habit: Menace win 2-0 over WSA Winnipeg

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, May 20, 2017 – Patience is key.

Devyn Jambga is surrounded by teammates after scoring a late goal to solidify the Meance's season-opening win. Photo credit: Joe Sprunger

Devyn Jambga is surrounded by teammates after scoring a late goal to solidify the Meance’s season-opening win. Photo credit: Joe Sprunger

Things didn’t come together right away, but eventually the Des Moines Menace shook off a slow start tonight in a 2-0 victory over WSA Winnipeg at Valley Stadium.

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Forwards Hayden Partain and Devyn Jambga scored in the Menace’s Premier Development League opener – 10 days after the team’s 3-1 home loss to AFC Cleveland in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

“Winning and losing are both habits,” Menace head coach John Pascarella said. “Tonight, we got in the winning habit. Something went against us, and we kept going.”

Less than 12 minutes into the match, the Menace appeared poised to get on the scoreboard. Jambga was tripped in the box, and Isaiah Madrid’s penalty kick was deflected by WSA Winnipeg goalkeeper Evan Barker.

Watch as the Des Moines Menace take on WSA Winnipeg here.

Watch as the Des Moines Menace take on WSA Winnipeg here.

The scoreless draw continued until the 33rd minute, when Partain’s curling free kick splashed into the Upper 90.

“We knew we would score at some point,” Partain said. “The game is all about dissecting the defense, finding the right puzzle pieces. I call it a moving chess match.”

The Menace stayed calm, seizing control of the chess match. Their checkmate finally arrived when Lucas Stauffer set up Jambga’s close-range goal in the 81st minute.

“When Lucas played through, I knew I wouldn’t be offside, and he played a perfect ball back across,” said Jambga, who last year scored two goals and assisted five more for the Menace. “I saw the goalkeeper sprinting at me, and I knew I had to put it around him. As soon as we got that second one, I was ecstatic. It took the pressure off our coaches and players.”

Tonight’s win is the 250th in the Menace’s 24-year history. The Menace has won the PDL Heartland Division each of the last three seasons.

“It’s amazing here. I’ve never been part of anything like this,” Jambga said. “This is a great organization – great coaches, players, staff. That’s what brought me back to Des Moines, and I’m just happy to be here.”

NEXT MENACE LIVE STREAM: Saturday, June 3, 7:30 p.m. on CISN.tv

FOOTNOTES

Des Moines’ all-time record is 250-144-35 (221-117-35 PDL, 14-12 U.S. Open Cup and 15-15 PDL Playoffs).
The Menace is 17-0-1 all-time against WSA Winnipeg, with a 65-8 scoring differential (34-1 at home).
The team’s 23-match home unbeaten streak began on July 20, 2013 (a 3-3 tie with St. Louis).
This was the first PDL match for Menace head coach John Pascarella – an assistant coach with Sporting Kansas City the last eight seasons – since his time guiding the Northern Virginia Royals in 2007 and 2008.
Since a 2-1 loss to St. Louis in the team’s Valley Stadium debut (May 10, 2008), the Menace is undefeated in nine straight PDL openers.
This was also the PDL opener for WSA Winnipeg, which was 1-11-2 in 2016, when the Menace outscored the Canadians 22-0 in three matchups.

MAN of the MATCH: Hayden Partain, for scoring his second goal in as many matches. Partain is a native of Frisco, Texas. As a senior, he helped Wake Forest to a second-place finish in the 2016 NCAA College Cup.

UP NEXT: Des Moines hits the road for a pair of matches against PDL “Arch” rivals – May 27 against the St. Louis Lions and May 28 against Saint Louis FC U23.

The next home action comes June 3 against Minneapolis City SC on Youth-Soccer Night. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be available for photos during the game, and youth-soccer players wearing their team jerseys will receive free admission.

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Match: WSA Winnipeg at Des Moines Menace

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Valley Stadium in West Des Moines, Iowa (artificial-turf field)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m CDT
Weather: 50s, overcast and windy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 1 1 2
WSA 0 0 0

MENACE – Hayden Partain 33:00; Devyn Jambga (Lucas Stauffer) 81:00

Misconduct Summary: WSA Cautions: Daniel Sagno 32:00; Tom Prazak 48:00; Stefan Melo 89:00; MENACE Caution: Luke Haakenson 78:00

Stats Summary:

MENACE / WSA
Shots: 9 / 1
Saves: 0 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 4
Fouls: 9 / 16
Offside: 2 / 1

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Cleveland boots Menace from Lamar Hunt Cup chase

Menace cleveland 3WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Wednesday, May 10, 2017 – Overtime seemed imminent, but AFC Cleveland had other plans.

With a pair of late goals, the visitors claimed a 3-1 victory over the Des Moines Menace tonight in the first round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Royals snapped the Menace’s streak of five straight Cup appearances with at least one win.

Chris Cvecko struck in the final minute of regulation and Reymar Klochko-Khoo delivered the dagger goal in stoppage time. In a Buckeye State Derby next Wednesday the defending National Premier Soccer League champions will visit FC Cincinnati.

Des Moines’ Hayden Partain evened the match in the 82nd minute, six minutes after Ben Truax’s penalty kick broke the ice. Partain nearly pulled the Menace ahead a few minutes later, but his left-footed rip was deflected off the cross bar by the fingertips of Cleveland ‘keeper Alex Ivanov.

menace cleveland 1“For two amateur teams starting the season, I thought it was some pretty good soccer,” said head coach John Pascarella after making his Menace debut. “We showed some character, coming back the way we did. The thing that excites me is the way our guys applied what we’ve been working on these first five days of training. Based on what I saw tonight, I think we’re going to have a pretty good team.”

Partain’s goal came from a beautiful build-up after a fast break.

“(Lucas) Stauffer cut it back, Devyn (Jambga) left it, and I pulled the trigger,” said Partain. “It felt good to get the goal after hitting the upper-90 corner in the first half.”

Missed chances might haunt the Menace in the days leading up to the team’s Premier Development League opener – May 20 at home against WSA Winnipeg. Des Moines outshot Cleveland 13-9 but did not get the lucky bounces the Menace has received in recent Open Cups, including last year’s run to the third round.

menace cleveland 2This is the Menace’s first Cup loss to a fellow amateur team since the Chicago Fire’s PDL team left here with a 1-0 win in 2011. Des Moines has eight straight berths in the national tournament, and this is only the second appearance during this streak that didn’t include a matchup with a professional team.

“We take the lessons learned and we move on,” said Partain. “It’s a good opportunity for us. We’ll focus on the little details. Defensively, we can’t let the wheels fall off at the end.”

FOOTNOTES

The Menace drops to 14-12 all-time in the U.S. Open Cup, with a 7-3 record against amateur teams.
The Michigan Bucks’ 1-0 home win over Ann Arbor pulls the PDL power even with the Menace for the most wins by amateur teams in the Open Cup’s Modern Era (1995-present).
Goalkeeper Kyle Ihn made his Menace debut, one year after playing against the team as a member of Kokomo Mantis FC.
AFC Cleveland reached the second round last year in the franchise’s first Cup appearance.
Hayden Partain dedicated his goal to girlfriend Madeline Lundberg, who today was released from a hospital in Partain’s native Texas. Underneath his Menace jersey tonight, he wore a shirt with a special message for his girlfriend.

MAN of the MATCH: Lucas Stauffer, who helped set up the Menace’s lone goal. Back for his second season with the Menace, Stauffer is a Creighton Bluejay and a native of Owensboro, Ky.

UP NEXT: Des Moines opens league play, hosting WSA Winnipeg on Saturday, May 20. Watch LIVE on CISN.tv

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Match: AFC Cleveland at Des Moines Menace

Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Competition: 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, first round
Venue: Valley Stadium in West Des Moines, Iowa (artificial-turf field)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m CDT
Weather: 60s and windy after thunderstorms earlier in the day

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 1 1
CLEVELAND 0 3 3

MENACE – Hayden Partain (Devyn Jambga) 82:00

CLEVELAND – Ben Truax PK 76:00; Chris Cvecko (Ian Larson) 90:00; Reymar Klochko-Khoo (Tom Beck) 90:00+

Stats Summary:

MENACE / CLEVELAND
Shots: 13 / 9
Saves: 5 / 9
Corner Kicks: 5 / 3
Fouls: 8 / 7
Offside: 1 / 3
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ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In its 24th season, the Menace men’s team competes in the Premier Development League (PDL). Entering its sixth season, the Menace women’s team is part of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). With loyal support, the Menace men’s and women’s teams play their home games at the Valley Stadium in West Des Moines to provide family-fun entertainment. The Menace organization provides the growth of the game of soccer in Iowa with their youth soccer programs, including Junior Menace (ages 3-9), Menace Youth Academy (ages six and older), and tournaments, camps and clinics.

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Des Moines Menace open with Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup game on May 10

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And, thanks to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, minor-league soccer has May Madness. The national tournament is a rite of spring that gives amateur sides like the Des Moines Menace a chance to clash with the professionals.

May Madness returns to Valley Stadium tomorrow night, when the Menace hosts AFC Cleveland in one of 28 first-round matchups of amateur teams. Awaiting tomorrow’s winner is FC Cincinnati. The pro team would come to Valley Stadium on May 17 if the Menace wins tomorrow.

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No stranger to the Open Cup, John Pascarella makes his debut as the Menace’s head coach. Pascarella was an assistant coach with Sporting Kansas City the last eight years, including SKC’s Open Cup titles in 2012 and 2015. In 2013, he coached against the Menace in the Cup’s third round; a 2-0 win by the eventual Major League Soccer Cup champs ended Des Moines’ Cinderella dreams.

“Coming from Sporting Kansas City, where we took a lot of pride in the Open Cup, this means a lot to me,” said Pascarella. “I’d love to get in rounds against colleagues and friends. It’s a great venue for our players to show our skill. Tomorrow night is what the players came here for, and we’re ready to step on the field to compete.”

The Menace is on a 16-match unbeaten streak that began with a 2-0 win at Winnipeg on June 21, 2015. Photo by David Mable.

The Menace will play AFC Cleveland on May 10 to open their 2017 season. File photo by David Mable.

The Menace has won at least one match in each of the last five Open Cups, running the franchise’s all-time Cup record to 14-11. Pascarella’s pack hopes for three home matches in the span of 11 days; on May 20, the team begins Premier Development League play by hosting WSA Winnipeg.

AFC Cleveland sees its first action since claiming the National Premier Soccer League championship last August. The Royals got their first taste of Open Cup action in 2016, winning in Maine and bowing out at Saint Louis FC – the pro team that had knocked the Menace from the previous Open Cup.

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AFC Cleveland at Des Moines Menace                                    WATCH LIVE HERE

Date and Time: Wednesday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Competition: 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, first round
Live Updates: https://twitter.com/MenaceSoccer
Live Stream: https://mycujoo.tv/embed/319?id=5929
Pregame Ceremony: We will ask fans and participants to join us for a moment of silence to honor the life of Menace Academy member Derek Cisneros (2003-2017).
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ABOUT THE MENACE

Three-time defending Premier Development League Heartland Division champion (10-2-2 in 2016).
Making its 12th U.S. Open Cup appearance – all in the last 16 years.
One of 21 Premier Development League teams in the 2017 Open Cup.
On the cusp of the franchise’s 250th win (220-117-35 PDL, 14-11 Open Cup and 15-15 PDL Playoffs).
Familiar faces on this year’s roster include Brandon Fricke (2010-14 Menace), Mueng Sunday (2014-16 Menace) and Elvir Ibisevic (2016 Menace; sitting out a one-game suspension after receiving a red card in last year’s Open Cup).
Takes the field for the first time since a 2-0 postseason loss at the eventual PDL champion Michigan Bucks last July.
First-year head coach John Pascarella is assisted by Greg Hennelly, Matt Kennedy and Tiley Nunninks.

ABOUT AFC CLEVELAND

Defending National Premier Soccer League champion.
Claimed the 2016 league title last August, defeating the visiting Sonoma County Sol, 4-2. Vinny Bell (two goals), Antonio Manfut and Ryder Bell scored for AFC Cleveland in the championship match.
One of 18 NPSL teams in this year’s Open Cup.
Has qualified for the NPSL playoffs in four of its five seasons.
Like the Menace, has a first-year head coach: Mike Sesar is assisted by Noulis Siamidis, Zvone Raguz and Brian Murphy.
Begins the regular season with a May 13 home match against the Dayton Dynamo.
With a win over the Menace, would travel to FC Cincinnati for a May 17 match against the pro team.
Will host the 2017 Hank Steinbrecher U.S. Soccer National Amateur Championship on June 2-3.

LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP

In its 104th straight year of competition.
With 99 teams this year, the Cup comprises Open Division local qualifiers and teams from the Premier Development League (PDL), National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), United Soccer League (USL), North American Soccer League (NASL), Major League Soccer (MLS).
The winner receives $250,000 and a berth in the 2017-18 CONCACAF Champions’ League; runner-up gets $60,000; the team that advances the furthest from each lower division receives $15,000.
FC Dallas captured the 2016 U.S. Open Cup trophy, doubling up the visiting New England Revolution, 4-2, on Sept. 14.
For comprehensive coverage of the Open Cup, visit www.usopencup.org

MENACE IN THE U.S. OPEN CUP

Des Moines’ 14 Open Cup wins are the most by an amateur team in the Modern Era (1995-present); the Michigan Bucks have 13 wins in the tournament.
Making its eighth straight (and 12th overall) appearance in the U.S. Open Cup.
Has a five-year streak of winning at least one game (2012 at Milwaukee Bavarians; 2013 vs. Madison 56ers and at Minnesota United FC; 2014 vs. Real Colorado Foxes; 2015 vs. Madison Fire; 2016 at FC Wichita and vs. Tulsa).
Has hosted at least one match in all 12 appearances in the Open Cup.
The franchise’s first four Cup berths came in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006.
14-11 all-time in the Open Cup (7-2 against amateurs)
9-6 in Cup home matches (5-2 at home vs. amateurs)
7-6 all-time against non-MLS pro teams (most recently, a 2-1 home loss to San Antonio FC on June 1, 2016).

AFC CLEVELAND IN THE U.S. OPEN CUP

Made its Cup debut last year, advancing to the second round.
In 2016, the well-travelled Royals won 2-1 at GPS Portland (Maine) and lost 2-0 at Saint Louis FC.

ALL-TIME SERIES: MENACE VS. AFC CLEVELAND

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This is the teams’ first meeting, though the Menace has faced three other NPSL teams in the Open Cup.
Des Moines is 3-0-0 against NPSL sides in Cup action, with road wins against the Milwaukee Bavarians (3-1 OT in 2012) and FC Wichita (2-1 in 2016) and a home victory over the Madison 56ers (1-0 in 2013).
AFC Cleveland is the Menace’s first Open Cup opponent from Ohio – the 14th state represented by the Menace’s foes in the Open Cup.

UP NEXT FOR THE MENACE

A win by the Menace would set up another Open Cup home match against an Ohio team – Wednesday, May 17 against FC Cincinnati in round two.
The Menace starts league play on May 20, hosting WSA Winnipeg.

For complete Menace news, information and schedule visit www.menacesoccer.com.

July 23 2016 story

Michigan bucks Menace from playoff – again.

PONTIAC, Mich. – Saturday, July 23, 2016 – In a battle of Premier Development League powers, the host Michigan Bucks outlasted the Des Moines Menace tonight inside Ultimate Soccer Arenas.

A pair of second-half goals by Russell Cicerone sealed a 2-0 win, the Central Conference championship and a berth in the league’s final four.

Michigan – the league’s all-time winningest club – has won six of its seven postseason clashes with Des Moines – the PDL franchise with the second-most wins. The Menace was hoping to follow in the footsteps of Des Moines’ 2005 team, which eliminated Michigan on the way to the league championship.

The Bucks’ last win over the Menace – also by a 2-0 scoreline, at Valley Stadium two years ago – was a step on the way to the club’s second postseason title. The team from suburban Detroit has claimed the PDL’s last two regular-season crowns, and tonight the Great Lakes Division champions certainly appeared like they could add a third star to their logo.

“We hung in there the best we could, but they’re a good team. What are you going to do?” Menace head coach Mike Matkovich asked rhetorically.

“We did all we could,” said captain Austin Ledbetter, who anchored Des Moines’ defense all season. “We knew we could hang with the guys. We knew they would come at us in waves. We got through their first-half waves, and we got through their waves at the start of the second half. We were doing alright.”

And then Cicerone crushed the Menace’s spirits. In the 68th minute, he scored a rebound goal after David Goldsmith’s shot caromed off the cross-bar.

Cicerone, who stockpiled 12 goals in 12 regular-season appearances, struck again with the final dagger on the Menace’s season. In the 89th minute, Menace goalkeeper Nico Campbell blocked a shot by Cicerone, who was right there to poke in another rebound goal.

Including last night’s 3-0 win over Thunder Bay, Michigan (12-2-0 regular season) has dominated its league foes, 51-7 – with an eye-popping 32-0 goal differential in home matches.

The Bucks halted a successful season for the Menace (10-2-2), which won its third straight Heartland Division title and knocked out defending PDL champion K-W United FC, 5-1, last night.

“We had a lot of fight,” Ledbetter said. “I don’t think I’ve ever played with a team that was more tight-knit than this group of guys. It was a great experience.”

FOOTNOTES
The Menace’s all-time postseason record is 15-15 (7-3 neutral, 1-5 away and 7-7 home).
Des Moines’ championship-clinching final against the El Paso Patriots in 2005 stands as the franchise’s only postseason win against a home team.
Tonight’s match featured the PDL’s two longest-standing franchises. In 23 seasons, the Menace has 220 regular-season wins and 14 playoff appearances – totals topped only by the Bucks, who in 21 seasons have earned 246 wins and 19 postseason berths.
The Menace is 1-3-0 in Ultimate Soccer Arenas; The Michigan Bucks defeated the Menace here in a 3-2 conference semifinal in 2011, and K-W beat the Menace 3-2 here a year ago.
David Goldsmith, who nearly scored in the 68th minute tonight, collected both goals in the teams’ previous meeting – a 2-0 Michigan win at Valley Stadium on July 26, 2014.
Michigan won the PDL title in 2006 and 2014. The Bucks also eliminated the Menace from the postseason in 1997, 2002, 2003, 2011 and 2014.

MAN of the MATCH: The whole team. Congratulations and best wishes to all who were part of the Menace’s 2016 season.

Match: Des Moines Menace at Michigan Bucks
Date: Saturday, July 23, 2016
Competition: Premier Development League Playoffs, Central Conference Championship
Venue: Ultimate Soccer Arenas (indoor, turf) in Pontiac, Mich.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. EDT

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 0 0
MICH 0 2 2
MICH: Russell Cicerone 68:00; Cicerone 89:00

Misconduct Summary

MENACE CAUTIONS: Elvir Ibisevic 27:00; Sam Brotherton 53:00; Mark Heath-Preston 60:00; James Wypych 87:00

2016 FINAL RESULTS (10-2-2 PDL: 5-0-2 home; 5-2-0 away)
Wednesday, May 11 # at FC Wichita W, 2-1
Wednesday, May 18 # Tulsa Roughnecks FC W, 2-0
Saturday, May 21 Chicago Fire U23 W, 2-1
Saturday, May 28 at St. Louis Lions W, 2-0

Wednesday, June 1 # San Antonio FC L, 1-2
Saturday, June 4 Kokomo Mantis FC T, 0-0
Friday, June 10 at Thunder Bay Chill W, 2-0
Saturday, June 11 at Thunder Bay Chill W, 2-1
Tuesday, June 14 at WSA Winnipeg W, 6-0
Saturday, June 18 St. Louis Lions W, 2-0
Friday, June 24 WSA Winnipeg W, 7-0
Saturday, June 25 WSA Winnipeg W, 9-0
Tuesday, June 28 at Chicago Fire U23 L, 0-1

Friday, July 1 at Kokomo Mantis FC L, 0-2
Saturday, July 2 at Kokomo Mantis FC W, 2-0
Saturday, July 9 Thunder Bay Chill T, 1-1
Friday, July 15 ^ Toledo United FC W, 4-3
Saturday, July 16 St. Louis Lions W, 2-1
Friday, July 22 vs. K-W United FC* W, 5-1
Saturday, July 23 vs. Michigan L, 0-2

*All game times are central # = Exhibition OC = Open Cup * = PDL Playoffs

ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In its 23rd season, the Menace men’s team competes in the Premier Development League (PDL). In its fifth season, the Menace women’s team is part of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). With loyal support, the Menace men’s and women’s teams play their home games at the Valley Stadium in West Des Moines to provide family-fun entertainment. The Menace organization provides the growth of the game of soccer in Iowa with their youth soccer programs, including Junior Menace (ages 3-9), Menace Youth Academy (ages six and older), and youth tournaments, camps and clinics.

FOLLOW THE MENACE:

MenaceSoccer.com
Twitter.com/MenaceSoccer
Facebook.com/dmMenace
Instagram.com/dmMenaceJuly 23 2016 story

James Wypych (left) scored the game-winner, assisted by Sam Brotherton (pictured in the background). Photo credit: James Mirabelli

Menace dispatches defending champs, 5-1

James Wypych (left) scored the game-winner, assisted by Sam Brotherton (pictured in the background). Photo credit: James Mirabelli

James Wypych (left) scored the game-winner, assisted by Sam Brotherton (pictured in the background). Photo credit: James Mirabelli

PONTIAC, Mich. – Friday, July 22, 2016 – Same teams, same field.Very different result.

A year after K-W United FC edged the Des Moines Menace here at Ultimate Soccer Arenas, the Menace turned the tables on the defending Premier Development League champions today – and in a massive way.

Redemption came in an unexpectedly lopsided 5-1 triumph in the teams’ third straight meeting in the PDL Central Conference semifinals.

Wasting little time, James Wypych assisted Mark Heath-Preston’s header goal in the sixth minute, and he scored in the 20th, when he volleyed home a diagonal pass from fellow New Zealander Sam Brotherton.

“A big performance. We got it done today,” said Wypych. “We knew the chances would be few and far between. Luckily, we had two chances in the first 20 minutes, and we put them both away.

“It settled our nerves,” Wypych said of the early goals. “It helped us feel like we belong here. We knew this would be a good opportunity for same payback, and we definitely rose to the challenge.”

The Menace went into halftime up three goals – exceeding the team’s offensive output in its two previous encounters with the Canadian club. In 2014, the Menace k-o’ed K-W in a Valley Stadium shootout following 120 scoreless minutes; last year, the eventual champs rallied to top Des Moines, 3-2.

Ramone Howell calmly converted Heath-Preston’s assist in the 38th minute, and these two piled on the Menace’s goals in the second half.

Heath-Preston capitalized on a penalty kick in the 58th minute, after Kamal Miller wiped out Wypych in the box. Howell scored seven minutes later, blasting away a header assist from Devyn Jambga, who had entered the match just four minutes prior.

“Great win,” said the soft-spoken Howell. “It feels great. We kept our focus. We thought we were the underdogs, and we believed in ourselves.”

In a case of too-little, too-late, Sergio Camargo delivered a beauty of a goal in the 78th minute to avoid the reigning champ’s shutout loss. Camargo – whose back-to-back tallies a year ago lifted K-W past the Menace – scored on a nifty spin move, chipping Menace ‘keeper Nico Campbell from close range.

This resounding dose of redemption ties the Menace’s second-most decisive playoff win. Back in 1997, Des Moines defeated Lincoln 4-0 and Omaha 6-0 before the Mid-Michigan Bucks downed the Menace 3-0.

Starting with that win nearly 20 years ago, the Bucks – since renamed the Michigan Bucks – have racked up a 5-1 advantage against the Menace in the PDL Playoffs.

The Menace could get another crack at the Bucks tomorrow in the Central Conference Championship, if the hosts can get past the Thunder Bay Chill in tonight’s second semifinal.

FOOTNOTES

The Menace’s all-time postseason record is 15-14 (7-3 neutral, 1-4 away and 7-7 home).
Des Moines (10-2-2) is the three-peat champion of the Heartland Division; for the third straight season, K-W United (11-1-2) finished as the Great Lakes Division’s runner-up behind Michigan.
The Menace is 1-2-0 in Ultimate Soccer Arenas; The Michigan Bucks defeated the Menace here in a 3-2 conference semifinal in 2011, and K-W beat the Menace 3-2 here a year ago.
In 23 seasons the Menace has 249 wins in combining league play (220), the playoffs (15) and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (14).
James Wypych and Ramone Howell bagged their first Menace goals of 2016.
Devyn Jambga leads the team with six assists this year.

MAN of the MATCH: James Wypych, for being everywhere on the field. The Drake senior-to-be assisted the team’s first goal, assisted its second, and created the opportunity for the fourth score in this huge win.

Match: Des Moines Menace vs. K-W United FC (Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)

Date: Friday, July 22, 2016
Competition: Premier Development League Playoffs, Central Conference semifinal
Venue: Ultimate Soccer Arenas (indoor, turf) in Pontiac, Mich.
Kickoff: 5 p.m. EDT

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 3 2 5
KW 0 1 1

MENACE: Mark Heath-Preston (James Wypych) 6:00; Wypych (Sam Brotherton) 20:00; Ramone Howell (Heath-Preston) 38:00; Heath-Preston PK 58:00; Howell (Jambga) 65:00

KW: Sergio Camargo (Ben Whitcomb) 78:00

Misconduct Summary

MENACE CAUTION: Sean Hoek 84:00

KW CAUTIONS: Raphael Reynolds 31:00; Kamal Miller 57:00

2016 SCHEDULE (10-2-2 PDL: 5-0-2 home; 5-2-0 away)

Wednesday, May 11 # at FC Wichita W, 2-1

Wednesday, May 18 # Tulsa Roughnecks FC W, 2-0

Saturday, May 21 Chicago Fire U23 W, 2-1

Saturday, May 28 at St. Louis Lions W, 2-0

Wednesday, June 1 # San Antonio FC L, 1-2

Saturday, June 4 Kokomo Mantis FC T, 0-0

Friday, June 10 at Thunder Bay Chill W, 2-0

Saturday, June 11 at Thunder Bay Chill W, 2-1

Tuesday, June 14 at WSA Winnipeg W, 6-0

Saturday, June 18 St. Louis Lions W, 2-0

Friday, June 24 WSA Winnipeg W, 7-0

Saturday, June 25 WSA Winnipeg W, 9-0

Tuesday, June 28 at Chicago Fire U23 L, 0-1

Friday, July 1 at Kokomo Mantis FC L, 0-2

Saturday, July 2 at Kokomo Mantis FC W, 2-0

Saturday, July 9 Thunder Bay Chill T, 1-1

Friday, July 15 ^ Toledo United FC W, 4-3

Saturday, July 16 St. Louis Lions W, 2-1

Friday, July 22 vs. K-W United FC* W, 5-1

Saturday, July 23 vs. Michigan or Thunder Bay 7:30 p.m. EDT

*All game times are central # = Exhibition OC = Open Cup * = PDL Playoffs

ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In its 23rd season, the Menace men’s team competes in the Premier Development League (PDL). In its fifth season, the Menace women’s team is part of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). With loyal support, the Menace men’s and women’s teams play their home games at the Valley Stadium in West Des Moines to provide family-fun entertainment. The Menace organization provides the growth of the game of soccer in Iowa with their youth soccer programs, including Junior Menace (ages 3-9), Menace Youth Academy (ages six and older), and youth tournaments, camps and clinics.

FOLLOW THE MENACE:

MenaceSoccer.com

Twitter.com/MenaceSoccer

Facebook.com/dmMenace

Instagram.com/dmMenace

Menace win the Kum & Go Kup on Friday night.

Menace headed to the PDL Playoffs after solid weekend of play

Menace win the Kum & Go Kup on Friday night.

Menace win the Kum & Go Kup on Friday night.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Monday, July 18, 2016 – In a familiar place, the Des Moines Menace opens the 2016 postseason against a familiar opponent.

For the second straight year, the Menace is headed to Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac, Mich., the home of the Michigan Bucks. And, for the third straight year, the Menace will face K-W United FC in the Premier Development League Playoffs.

A year ago, K-W United rallied past Des Moines and went on to win the league title. In the 2014 postseason at Valley Stadium, the Menace ousted the Canadian club in a shootout, one night before Michigan dispatched Des Moines on the way to the PDL championship.

WEEKEND GAME RECAPS
Friday Night Kum & Go Kup

Saturday Menace Women tie Chicago 

Saturday Men tame the St. Louis Lions

Sunday Women end on a high note

Michigan has followed its 2014 postseason crown by claiming a pair of PDL regular-season titles. The Bucks host Thunder Bay on Friday in a rematch of the home side’s come-from-behind win last season.

Here’s the schedule for this year’s PDL Central Conference championship weekend – a carbon copy of the 2015 matchups:

Friday, July 22 – PDL Central Conference Semifinals
5 p.m. EDT.: Des Moines Menace (Heartland Division champion) vs. K-W United FC (second place in Great Lakes Division)
7:30 p.m. EDT: Michigan Bucks (Great Lakes Division champion) vs. Thunder Bay Chill (second place in Heartland Division)

Saturday, July 23 – PDL Central Conference Championship
7:30 p.m. EDT: Friday’s winners battle for a spot in the PDL’s final four.

Des Moines – the Heartland Division’s three-peat champion – aspires to bring a PDL semifinal match to Valley Stadium on July 30, with the larger goal of claiming the franchise’s second postseason championship on Aug. 6. The Menace’s 2005 title is the highlight of the organization’s 14 playoff appearances.

2016 SCHEDULE (10-2-2 PDL: 5-0-2 home; 5-2-0 away)
Wednesday, May 11 # at FC Wichita W, 2-1
Wednesday, May 18 # Tulsa Roughnecks FC W, 2-0
Saturday, May 21 Chicago Fire U23 W, 2-1
Saturday, May 28 at St. Louis Lions W, 2-0

Wednesday, June 1 # San Antonio FC L, 1-2
Saturday, June 4 Kokomo Mantis FC T, 0-0
Friday, June 10 at Thunder Bay Chill W, 2-0
Saturday, June 11 at Thunder Bay Chill W, 2-1
Tuesday, June 14 at WSA Winnipeg W, 6-0
Saturday, June 18 St. Louis Lions W, 2-0
Friday, June 24 WSA Winnipeg W, 7-0
Saturday, June 25 WSA Winnipeg W, 9-0
Tuesday, June 28 at Chicago Fire U23 L, 0-1

Friday, July 1 at Kokomo Mantis FC L, 0-2
Saturday, July 2 at Kokomo Mantis FC W, 2-0
Saturday, July 9 Thunder Bay Chill T, 1-1
Friday, July 15 ^ Toledo United FC W, 4-3
Saturday, July 16 St. Louis Lions W, 2-1
Friday, July 22 * K-W United FC 4 p.m. at Ultimate Soccer Arenas

All game times are listed in Des Moines time
# = Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup ^ = Exhibition * = Premier Development League Playoffs

IMG_2577-X3ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In its 23rd season, the Menace men’s team competes in the Premier Development League (PDL). The Menace women’s team is part of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). With loyal support, the Menace men’s and women’s teams play their home games at the Valley Stadium in West Des Moines to provide family-fun entertainment. The Menace organization provides the growth of the game of soccer in Iowa with their youth soccer programs, including Junior Menace (ages 3-9), Menace Youth Academy (ages six and older), and youth tournaments, camps and clinics.

FOLLOW THE MENACE:

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Jordan Bishop, shown in yesterday's 8-1 home win over Quad City, was the Woman of the Match after providing today's equalizer. Photo credit: Joe Sprunger

Menace women remain unbeaten after tough road win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Sunday, July 10, 2016 – Back-to-back goals by Jordan Bishop and Mary Brandt erased a halftime deficit in the Des Moines Menace’s 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Courage on the Rockhurst University campus.

Jordan Bishop, shown in yesterday's 8-1 home win over Quad City, was the Woman of the Match after providing today's equalizer. Photo credit: Joe Sprunger

Jordan Bishop, shown in yesterday’s 8-1 home win over Quad City, was the Woman of the Match after providing today’s equalizer. Photo credit: Joe Sprunger

Bishop evened the match in the 65th minute and Brandt struck three minutes later. The Menace’s dependable defense did its part, and Des Moines is 5-1-0 heading into a pair of anticipated home matches in the final weekend of the Women’s Premier Soccer League season.

The Menace’s last road match of the season was a rematch of the team’s home opener – a 4-0 win on June 4.

“It’s always hard to win on the road,” Menace head coach Justin Vorster said. “They (the Courage) were stronger than the last time. They made it hard for us, but we also made it hard for ourselves by not taking our opportunities and scoring more goals.

“We had some really good chances, and it was just a matter of time. I thought the girls showed character to come back and win it.”

A day after the Menace cruised to an 8-1 home win over Quad City, the goals were tougher to come by for the visitors, who fell behind when KC’s Gabi Severns scored in the 40th minute.

The scores from Bishop and Brandt each came after loose ball situations. The game-winner was preceded by a Shayna Stubbs corner kick that led to a combination of headers before Brandt seized the opportunity for her first goal in two seasons with the Menace.

Brandt was also part of the back four – along with Georgia Robert, Kat Lewis and Susan Kehl – who put the clamps on the Courage in the second half. Menace goalkeeper Haley Morris was sure-handed in the victory.

With a successful weekend, the Menace bounced back from its lone setback in an otherwise perfect season. Des Moines was coming off a 4-0 loss to the Chicago Red Stars Reserves on July 2.

The Menace gets a shot at revenge against Chicago – the defending WPSL champion – this coming Saturday at Valley Stadium. The next day, the team closes the season against Minnesota at Grimes Sports Complex.

“We’re in good spirits and ready for the grand finale with the biggest home game of the year,” Vorster said. “We’re all looking forward to next week. Our ultimate goal is to beat Chicago.”

FOOTNOTES
A year after these teams shared a pair of 1-1 ties, the Menace has taken a 4-0-2 lead in the all-time series.
The Menace has a 22-6 goal differential, outscoring opponents by an 11-3 margin in both halves.
Des Moines has a shot at tying the franchise’s most wins in a season. The inaugural Menace women won the 2012 Women’s League Soccer title with a 7-1-0 record; the 2014 Menace finished the WPSL season 7-3-0.
The Courage is 3-4-0; Kansas City has gone 1-4-0 since winning its first two games of the season.

WOMAN of the MATCH: Jordan Bishop for her equalizer, her steady play and her veteran leadership. A fifth-year staple with the Menace, Bishop is an Iowa State grad, a former professional (2011 Boston Breakers), and a newlywed. She knotted today’s match just two weekends after tying the knot with Kyle McMahon.

UP NEXT: The Menace closes the season next weekend, hosting Chicago (Saturday at Valley Stadium) and Minnesota (Sunday at Grimes Sports Complex). Saturday’s game opens a doubleheader capped by the Menace’s Premier Development League season-closing match with St. Louis.

Match: Quad City Eagles at Des Moines Menace
Date: Sunday, July 10, 2016
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Venue: Bourke Field (turf) in Kansas City, Mo.
Kickoff: 4 p.m. CDT
Weather: 90s – sunny and windy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 2 2
KC 1 0 1
MENACE: Jordan Bishop 65:00; Mary Brandt 68:00
KC: Gabi Severns (Nugene Nugent) 40:00

This shot by Tommy Barlow gave the Menace a 1-1 draw with Thunder Bay. Photo credit: Joe Sprunger

Final minute goal saves loss for Menace

This shot by Tommy Barlow gave the Menace a 1-1 draw with Thunder Bay. Photo credit: Joe Sprunger

This shot by Tommy Barlow gave the Menace a 1-1 draw with Thunder Bay. Photo credit: Joe Sprunger

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, July 9, 2016 – Salvation arrived in the 90th minute tonight for the Des Moines Menace. It came in the form of a spectacular Tommy Barlow goal that has kept the Premier Development League team in contention for a three-peat as Heartland Division champion.

Down 1-0 to arch-rival Thunder Bay, Des Moines needed late heroics to stay in the driver’s seat for the division crown. The playoff-bound Menace (9-2-2, 29 points) can clinch the title with a home victory in next Saturday’s season finale against St. Louis.

“It feels good,” Barlow said. “It’s like a new breath going into next week, to still be in the running for the division.”

In the final minute of regulation, Barlow was in the right place at the right time. Following a pinball sequence, he found himself with a step on his defender, and he was able to smash home a goal that electrified the crowd.

“It was bouncing around in the box, and it fell right at my feet,” Barlow said. “So I took a shot, and I think it took a bounce and went right through the ‘keepers’ legs.”

The Menace finally got one past Chill goalkeeper Daniel Milton, and the result preserves the team’s three-year-long home unbeaten streak – 21 matches and counting.

Things were looking grim for the Menace until the late equalizer. Thunder Bay appeared on the cusp of a victory that would’ve put Des Moines’ three-peat dreams in jeopardy.

Six minutes after entering the match in the 71st minute, the Chill’s Daniel Farias beat Menace goalie Nico Campbell to his right.

The visitors had a chance to go back up in the closing minutes of stoppage time, when 2012 PDL MVP Sullivan Silva stepped up for a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box. Mercifully for the Menace, the former pro’s shot attempt sailed barely over the cross-bar.

In the final minute of regulation, Barlow was in the right place at the right time. Photo Peter Tarpey.

In the final minute of regulation, Barlow was in the right place at the right time. Photo Peter Tarpey.

Thunder Bay (7-2-3, 24 points) hopes to join the Menace in the PDL Playoffs. To earn the division’s second and final postseason spot, the Chill knows it needs a win or a pair of ties. Just behind Chicago (8-4-2, 26 points), Thunder Bay hosts St. Louis on Tuesday and Kokomo on Wednesday to close the regular season.

The Chill is on an eight-match unbeaten streak since the Menace swept a June 10-11 doubleheader in Canada. Thunder Bay is headed home after a five-game tour of the United States, with fruitful stops in St. Louis, Kokomo and Chicago before swinging through Iowa.

Though the Menace is still seeking its first season sweep of the Chill since 2006, Des Moines has taken the season series from its arch-rival each of the last three years.

FOOTNOTES
This is the 10th straight season that the Heartland Division crown will go to either the Menace or the Chill.
Entering this rivalry night, the Menace had won six of the teams’ last seven meetings
The Menace has a 23-2 scoring advantage in the second half of PDL matches. Before Daniel Farias’s goal, the Menace had gone 547 minutes of post-halftime action without conceding a goal.
In the PDL’s longest-standing rivalry, Des Moines has a 28-24-5 all-time advantage – 16-8-2 at home.
Des Moines head coach Mike Matkovich is two wins away from his 100th career PDL regular-season victory.

Tommy Barlow  - Man of the Match. His six goals are second on the team to Leigh Veidman’s nine. Photo Peter Tarpey.

Tommy Barlow – Man of the Match. His six goals are second on the team to Leigh Veidman’s nine. Photo Peter Tarpey.

MAN of the MATCH: Tommy Barlow for his clutch goal. Barlow, a St. Louis native and Wisconsin Badger, celebrated his 21st birthday yesterday. His six goals are second on the team to Leigh Veidman’s nine.

UP NEXT: Des Moines closes its schedule at home next weekend, hosting Toledo for a Fireworks Friday exhibition on July 15 and hosting St. Louis the next night.

Match: Thunder Bay Chill at Des Moines Menace

Date: Saturday, July 9, 2016
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 80s, sunny

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 1 1
TB 0 1 1
MENACE: Tommy Barlow 90:00
TB: Daniel Farias 77:00

Misconduct Summary

MENACE CAUTION: Elvir Ibisevic 50:00; Nick Jones 90:00+

MENACE / TB
Shots: 7 / 12
Saves: 9 / 7
Corner Kicks: 5 / 5
Fouls: 14 / 8
Offside: 3 / 2

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Menace pay back Kokomo 2-0

IMG_7789KOKOMO, Ind. – Saturday, July 2, 2016 – Kokomo Mantis FC stood between the Des Moines Menace and its goals. Eventually, the Menace swatted the pesky first-year team out of the way.

Flipping the script from last night, the Menace earned a 2-0 victory at Kokomo Municipal Stadium. The Menace’s first win in three tries against Kokomo puts the kibosh on a two-match losing streak that started Tuesday in Chicago.

“It feels great to bounce back and come home with a W,” said defender Austin Ledbetter. “We knew what we had to do, we got the job done and we’re coming home with the three points.”

Tonight’s goals came in the second half. On a counter-attack in the 47th minute, Elvir Ibisevic crushed home Christian Okeke’s backwards cross pass for the game-winner.

In the 74th minute, Leigh Veidman added some insurance with his ninth goal of the season. Mueng Sunday’s long throw-in connected with Tommy Barlow, who laid the ball off for Devyn Jambga. A slashing Veidman smashed Jambga’s cross into the back of the net.

Back on track, Des Moines heads into the last two weeks of the Premier Development League schedule with a 9-2-1 mark – tops in the Heartland Division. Home matches the next two Saturdays will give the Menace opportunities to seal a three-peat as division champ.

“This puts us in a really, really, really good spot to repeat as division champs,” Ledbetter said. “Our biggest motivation, now, is we still have the chance to host the playoffs, that’s our mentality going into these games at home.”

With two playoff spots up for grabs, the Heartland Division race also includes Chicago (7-3-1, 22 points – six behind the Menace) and Thunder Bay (5-2-1, 16 points) – teams that go head-to-head this Tuesday and Thursday. Thunder Bay visits Kokomo on Monday before swinging through Illinois on the way to Des Moines for next Saturday’s anticipated rivalry match.

FOOTNOTES
Last night, Kokomo became the first PDL expansion team in 15 years to defeat the Menace. Kokomo also earned a scoreless draw at Valley Stadium on June 4.
The loss sends Kokomo (4-5-1) out of a third-place tie with Thunder Bay (5-2-1), which won 4-0 at St. Louis tonight.
Des Moines’ 5-2-0 road record matches its road mark from last season.
The Menace has outscored its opponents 34-5 this year, with a 22-1 advantage in the second half.
Des Moines entered the week on a year-long, 17-match unbeaten streak.

MAN of the MATCH: Austin Ledbetter, for leading the defense to its eighth shutout of the season. This is the first “Man of the Match” recognition for Ledbetter, a St. Louis native who prepares for his senior season at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.

UP NEXT: The Menace clashes with arch-rival Thunder Bay next Saturday at Valley Stadium. Des Moines closes its schedule at home the next weekend, hosting Toledo for a Fireworks Friday exhibition on July 15 and hosting St. Louis the next night.

Match: Des Moines Menace at Kokomo Mantis FC
Date: Saturday, July 2, 2016
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Kokomo Municipal Stadium (turf) in Kokomo, Ind.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. EDT
Weather: 70s, cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 2 2
KMFC 0 0 0
MENACE: Elvir Ibisevic (Christian Okeke) 47:00; Leigh Veidman (Devyn Jambga) 74:00

Misconduct Summary

MENACE CAUTION: Leigh Veidman 30:00; Elvir Ibisevic 54:00; Keegan McHugh 84:00; Tommy Barlow 90:00
KMFC CAUTIONS: George Poppas 32:00; Jon Otting 44:00; Rodolfo Lopes 66:00; Eduardo Filho 90:00

MENACE / KMFC
Shots: 10 / 9
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 4
Fouls: 15 / 11
Offside: 2 / 2

ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In its 23rd season, the Menace men’s team competes in the Premier Development League (PDL). In its fifth season, the Menace women’s team is part of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). With loyal support, the Menace men’s and women’s teams play their home games at the Valley Stadium in West Des Moines to provide family-fun entertainment. The Menace organization provides the growth of the game of soccer in Iowa with their youth soccer programs, including Junior Menace (ages 3-9), Menace Youth Academy (ages six and older), and youth tournaments, camps and clinics.

FOLLOW THE MENACE:

MenaceSoccer.com
Twitter.com/MenaceSoccer
Facebook.com/dmMenace
Instagram.com/dmMenace

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Menace women take on Red Stars today

IMG_8320WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, July 2, 2016 – Undefeated in its Women’s Premier Soccer League season, the Des Moines Menace is on a quest to accomplish something it has never done before.

Des Moines looks for its first win against the Chicago Red Stars Reserves, the WPSL’s defending champions. The Red Stars Reserves (5-0-0) have dominated foes by an impressive 26-0 margin this season, and, over the last two years, they have outscored the Menace 15-2 in the teams’ four meetings.

Last year, Chicago shut out Des Moines 4-0 and 2-0, on the way to a 13-0-1 championship season culminated by a 2-1 triumph over SoCal FC in a late-July title match in Edmond, Okla.

Today’s match in Naperville – moved this week from Oak Brook – is a battle of the Heartland Region frontrunners. Seeing its first league action in three weeks, the Menace looks to build on a 3-0-0 start and a 12-0 scoring aggregate.

Des Moines’ remaining home action comes July 9 (Quad City) and July 16 (Chicago) at Valley Stadium and July 17 against Minnesota at Grimes Sports Complex. The Menace also travels to Kansas City on July 10.

Des Moines Menace at Chicago Red Stars Reserves

Date and time: Saturday, July 2 at 3 p.m. CDT
Venue: Nike Sports Complex (turf) in Naperville, Ill.
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Live updates: www.twitter.com/MenaceSoccer

ABOUT THE MENACE
3-0-0 in WPSL play, the best start since the team’s inaugural season in 2012.
Has racked up 12 goals and has allowed none.
Coming off 5-0 (Friday) and 9-0) home exhibition wins over the WSA North Stars last weekend.
Entered its fifth season with a record of 23-13-2, after finishing last season 3-5-2.
Danielle Puddefoot and Camila Parra lead the team with three goals each, followed by Nicole Pearson with two.
Led by second-year head coach Justin Vorster, who is assisted by Alex Fonseca, John “Shedzy” Sheridan and Ross Alexander.

ABOUT THE CHICAGO RED STARS RESERVES
5-0-0, seeing their first action since June 18 (6-0 win over visiting Minnesota) and June 19 (5-0 at Kansas City).
Defending WPSL champions.
28-1-1 since rejoining the league for the 2014 season.
Janelle Flaws is in second place for most goals (eight) in the WPSL.
April Cronin (four), Ashleigh Ellenwood (three), Ashley Campbell (two), Vienna Behnke (two), Alexa Ben and Jasmin Carrera have also scored.
Directed by head coach Chris King.

ALL-TIME SERIES
Chicago is 4-0-0 against the Menace.
Last season, the Red Stars outscored the Menace 4-0 on June 6 at Valley Stadium and 2-0 in Oak Brook on June 26.
Des Moines has only scored twice against Chicago – Goals by Jordan Bishop and Mercy Darkoah put the visiting Menace up 2-0 in an eventual 6-2 loss on June 15, 2014.

UP NEXT
The Menace ladies host in-state foe Quad City on July 9, opening a Rivalry Night doubleheader capped by the Menace hosting Thunder Bay in Premier Development League action.

ABOUT THE WOMEN’S PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE
Formed in 1998, the WPSL has over 100 teams across the United States.
Its main focus is on the development of highly competitive premier women’s soccer teams.
Des Moines plays in the Heartland Region along with the Quad City Eagles, Chicago Red Stars Reserves, Kansas City Courage and Minnesota TwinStars.