Des Moines Menace victorious in their first game against the Chill. Photo by Megan Lankford.

Menace put a chill on Thunder Bay’s home opener

Des Moines Menace victorious in their first game against the Chill. Photo by Megan Lankford.

Des Moines Menace victorious in their first game against the Chill. Photo by Megan Lankford.

THUNDER BAY, Ontario – Friday, June 10, 2016 – Wins on the Thunder Bay Chill’s home field are tough to come by – even when you’re playing with a two-man advantage for most of the match.

In a hostile reunion of Premier Development League arch-rivals, the Des Moines Menace prevailed, 2-0, tonight at Fort William Stadium. Red cards issued to the Chill’s Anthony Putrus (third minute) and Pedro Adan (11th) quickly made this an 11v9 match, and the visitors eventually capitalized.

Leigh Veidman put away his penalty kick in first-half stoppage time, Tommy Barlow collected his first Menace goal (in the 66th minute), and Des Moines extended its regular-season unbeaten streak to 12.

After spoiling Thunder Bay’s home opener, the Menace (3-0-1) seeks a rare road sweep against the Chill (2-1-0) in tomorrow night’s rematch. The last time the Menace escaped Thunder Bay with a pair of wins was in 2006. Entering this weekend’s doubleheader, Des Moines had won just once in its last 10 road matches against its northern nemesis.


IMG_3935-X3WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, June 11, 2016 – With a pair of 4-0 wins already under their belts, the Des Moines Menace women look to keep rolling this afternoon on the road. The Menace also looks to continue its success against the Minnesota TwinStars when these teams reunite at 4 o’clock in Minnesota. In a series that began in 2014, Des Moines has won all four encounters, including wins to open and close last season.

 


Fort William Stadium is the site of the Menace’s most recent loss in league play – a 2-0 setback on June 19 that was Des Moines’ last blemish in a 2015 season that closed on an eight-match win streak to seal the franchise’s first back-to-back Heartland Division championships.

If the Menace can keep its undefeated string alive tomorrow and also Tuesday in Winnipeg, Des Moines will have the opportunity to tie the franchise’s second-longest unbeaten streak when it hosts St. Louis this Saturday.

FOOTNOTES
Goalkeeper Aaron Orban earned the shutout in his first action with the Menace
In the PDL’s longest-standing rivalry, Des Moines has an all-time advantage of 27-24-4 (with a 12-16-3 record in matches at Thunder Bay).
Starting with a 3-2 win here on June 14, 2014, the Menace has won five of its last six meetings with the Chill.
For the last nine seasons, the Heartland Division champion has been either Des Moines or Thunder Bay.
The Menace’s 12-match unbeaten streak is the third longest in the franchise’s 23-year history. The record is 24 matches (May 4, 2002 – May 31, 2003), and the Menace’s second longest streak is 15 (July 5, 2008 – June 28, 2009).

MAN of the MATCH: Tommy Barlow, for his insurance goal, which came 10 minutes after he entered the match. The goal came on a rebound following Chill keeper Daniel Milton’s save of Elvir Ibisevic’s header of Raul Gonzalez’s cross pass.

Barlow is a St. Louis native who attends Wisconsin. He saw his first Menace action in the second-half of last Saturday’s scoreless draw with Kokomo Mantis FC at Valley Stadium.

UP NEXT: Des Moines’ next home action is June 18 against the St. Louis Lions. Scheels All Sports is sponsoring a youth-jersey giveaway for fans 12 and younger.

Match: Des Moines Menace at Thunder Bay Chill
Date: Friday, June 10, 2016
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Fort William Stadium (turf) in Thunder Bay, Ontario
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. EDT
Weather: 60s, overcast

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 1 1 2
TB 0 0 0
MENACE: Leigh Veidman 45:00+ PK; Tommy Barlow 66:00

Misconduct Summary
TB EJECTIONS: Anthony Putrus 3:00; Pedro Adan 11:00
TB CAUTIONS: Christopher Jones 21:00; James Pendrigh 44:00

ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. The Menace men’s team competes in the Premier Development League (PDL) and is set to begin its 23rd season in 2016. Starting their fifth season this year, 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 10+), and other various youth tournaments, camps and clinics.

FOLLOW THE MENACE:

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

Learn to play water polo at free clinics offered this summer in Des Moines.

Free youth Water Polo Clinics this summer

Learn to play water polo at free clinics offered this summer in Des Moines.

Learn to play water polo at free clinics offered this summer in Des Moines.

Play the oldest Olympic team sport— Free youth clinics offered by the Des Moines Water Polo Club.

The Des Moines Water Polo Club’s 2016 summer season has begun and new members are welcome to join the team. New this summer, the club will host free, weekly youth water polo clinics Sunday evenings at 6:30 through July 3.

Water polo emphasizes swimming ability, conditioning, ball skills, and teamwork and is considered by many as the ultimate team endurance sport. The Des Moines Water Polo Club practices at Ashworth Pool Tuesday and Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:30; Saturday mornings from 10:00 – 11:30; and Sunday evenings from 7:30-8:30, immediately following the youth clinic. The season began Saturday, June 4.

Young swimmers age 8 to 10 and 11-18 can learn the exciting Olympic sport of water polo during clinics Sunday evenings at Ashworth Pool June 12, 19, and 26, and July 3. The clinics run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by exhibition games played by members of the Des Moines Water Polo Club. Participants in the clinic will learn how to pass, shoot and swim with the ball, and will scrimmage at the end of each clinic. The clinics are free and open to the public.

Ashworth Pool is located in southern Greenwood Park, 45th Street and Grand Avenue. The polo area at Ashworth Pool is more than nine-feet deep and measures 20 yards by 30 yards. Swimmers of all abilities are welcomed, including those new to the sport. Practices begin with drills for swimmers with no water polo experience.

Teams of one goalkeeper and six field players play in a water polo match. Players are not allowed to touch the bottom or side of the pool during a match and only the goalkeeper is permitted to touch the ball with two hands. Shooting the ball into the opponent’s goal scores a point. Each team has just 30 seconds to score before the possession goes to the opposition.

For more information, go to www.dsmwaterpolo.com

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Menace men remain unbeaten after 0-0 tie with Kokomo Mantis

IMG_4921WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, June 4, 2016 – One streak continues, and another ends for the Des Moines Menace.

A scoreless draw with Kokomo Mantis FC tonight at Valley Stadium keeps alive the Menace’s 17-match home unbeaten streak. It also concludes the team’s string of 10 wins in the regular season.

Both sides remain undefeated after entering the match with identical 2-0-0 records atop the Heartland Division. This was the teams’ first meeting, and the first road match for the Premier Development League expansion team from Indiana.

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“At least we didn’t give away the three points,” said captain Sean Hoek. “We definitely would have liked to come away with the win, but that didn’t happen. The PDL season comes at you real fast, so we pick and choose what we can learn from this one, and we move forward.”

Each side had opportunities to break the defensive stalemate, and their goalkeepers rose to the occasion.

Perhaps the Menace’s best scoring chance came in the 49th minute. From the top of the 18-yard box, Devyn Jambga chipped the ball over his defender and, after one bounce, volleyed a close-range rocket that KokoMantis keeper Kyle Ihn snagged in reflex for one of his five saves.
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Menace goalkeeper Nico Campbell and his defense put the clamps on an aggressive attack led by Xhovanni Dokaj, who was a hat-trick hero in Kokomo’s last outing. Campbell – like Dokaj, a member of the current PDL Team of the Week – made seven saves in his second shutout of the regular season.

After playing two home matches in the span of four days, Mike Matkovich’s Menace heads to Canada next week for three games in five days – June 11-12 at Thunder Bay and June 14 at WSA Winnipeg.

On Wednesday, the Menace’s bid for a fourth-round match with Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo came up short in a 2-1 loss to San Antonio FC in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

WATCH: VIDEO REPLAY OF GAME

FOOTNOTES
Entering tonight, the Menace’s last regular-season loss was June 19, 2015 (2-0 at Thunder Bay).
Des Moines’ last regular-season home loss was July 13, 2013 (2-1 to Real Colorado).
In his Menace debut, second-half sub Tommy Barlow notched a game-high three shots.
Kokomo hosts Des Moines in a July 1-2 doubleheader.

MAN of the MATCH: Austin Bergstrom for his air-tight defense in the shutout. Bergstrom, a native of Cedar Rapids, attends Ohio State. His cousin, Tucker Sindlinger, played for the 2006-09 Menace.

UP NEXT: Des Moines’ next home action is June 18 against the St. Louis Lions. The Menace heads north of the border for three matches in the span of five days – June 11-12 in Thunder Bay and June 14 in Winnipeg.

Match: Kokomo Mantis FC at Des Moines Menace
Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 60s, overcast

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

Misconduct Summary

MENACE CAUTION: Devyn Jambga 23:00
KMFC CAUTIONS: Mattin Najafi 29:00; Hugo Magainaes 43:00; Jason Svenson 90:00+

Stats Summary:
MENACE / KMFC
Saves: 7 / 5
Corner Kicks: 9 / 7
Fouls: 14 / 10
Offside: 6 / 6

ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. The Menace men’s team competes in the Premier Development League (PDL) and is set to begin its 23rd season in 2016. Starting their fifth season this year, 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 10+), and other various 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 roll over Kansas City

IMG_3415WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, June 4, 2016 – Goals from familiar faces gave the Des Moines Menace women their 25th victory.

Veterans Danielle Puddefoot, Chelsea Cline and Elise Reid led the way – and newcomer Camila Parra also got in the scoring column – in a 4-0 stomping of the Kansas City Courage (2-1-0) today at Valley Stadium. In the first home action of their fifth season, the Menace ladies gained the upper hand after these rivals battled to a pair of 1-1 draws a year ago.

Less than eight minutes into the match, Puddefoot – the team’s top scorer a year ago – put the Menace (2-0-0 Women’s Premier Soccer League) on the board with a textbook finish of a crisp cross from fellow returner Whitney Sharpe. Cline doubled the lead in the 27th minute, drilling the ball to the back-left corner just past the outstretched arms of KC keeper Mengyu Li.

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“Couldn’t ask for a better start to the season,” Cline said after her first Menace action since 2014. “It’s good to be back – Feels fantastic to be part of this team again.”

In the second minute of the second half, Reid padded the lead with an emphatic, upper-90 strike from 25 yards out. Parra tacked on the tally, assisted by seasoned vet Lindsey Bywater in the 81st minute.IMG_4032

Like in its season-opener, Des Moines used a fast start to cruise to victory. After scoring thrice in a 4-0 win at Quad City on May 27, the Menace struck twice before today’s halftime. This is a welcome change from the 2015 season, when Justin Vorster’s side scored just one first-half goal – it came from Reid, against the host Courage, last June.

“I’m extremely excited with the way we’re playing,” said Vorster. “The cohesion is good to see; we’re collective as a team. We just got to keep the momentum going.”

The Menace looks to keep it going next Saturday, hitting the road to face the Minnesota TwinStars.

WATCH: VIDEO REPLAY OF GAME

FOOTNOTES
Des Moines’ all-time record is 25-13-2 – 14-3-1at home.
Goalkeepers Nikkie Inskeep (first half) and Haley Morris (second) shared the shutout.
The Menace is 4-1-0 in home openers, with the exception being a 3-0 loss to Chicago on May 31, 2014.
The Menace leads the series 3-0-2 against the Courage; these teams meet again on July 10 in Olathe, Kan.

IMG_4414WOMAN of the MATCH: Elise Reid, for her stunning goal to seal the victory and for constantly wreaking havoc in the Menace’s attacks into the KC defense. Reid, a Cedar Rapids native and Iowa State graduate, is back for her second season with the Menace.

UP NEXT: After next Saturday’s visit to Minnesota, the Menace has a bye week before a Friday-Saturday doubleheader against WSA Winnipeg, June 24-25.

Match: Kansas City Courage at Des Moines Menace
Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 70s, sunny

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 2 2 4
KC 0 0 0
MENACE – Danielle Puddefoot (Whitney Sharpe) 8:00; Chelsea Cline 27:00; Elise Reid 47:00; Camila Parra (Lindsey Bywater) 81:00

ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. Starting their fifth season this year, the Menace women’s team is part of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). The Menace men’s team competes in the Premier Development League (PDL) and is set to begin its 23rd season in 2016. With loyal support, the Menace men’s and women’s teams play their home games at 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 10+) and other various youth tournaments, camps and clinics.

FOLLOW THE MENACE:
MenaceSoccer.com
Twitter.com/MenaceSoccer
Facebook.com/dmMenace
Instagram/DmMenace

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Menace fall in run for the Lamar Hunt Cup

IMG_0858For a few fleeting moments, it appeared the Des Moines Menace might just pull off another Cupset and earn a primetime match against a Major League Soccer team.

Then the Menace’s Open Cup magic ran out.

Christian Flath’s goal on a curling free-kick gave the Menace a lead in the 58th minute of tonight’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match at Valley Stadium. The advantage lasted for 14 minutes of a third-round, 2-1 loss to San Antonio FC.

Goals from Sam McBride and Jacques Francois deflated the Menace, allowing the visitors to escape with a victory that sets the stage for a June 15 Lone Star clash with the Houston Dynamo.

Des Moines’ Open Cup journey concludes two weeks after the Menace bagged its seventh U.S. Open Cup win against a professional team. On May 18 on this field, the home side shocked Tulsa Roughnecks FC (2-0) – like San Antonio FC, a member of the fledgling United Soccer League. Just a week before that, head coach Mike Matkovich’s team opened the Cup with a 2-1, come-from-behind win at FC Wichita.

The Menace celebrate after scoring their only goal on a penalty kick. Photo by David Mable.

The Menace celebrate after scoring a goal on a penalty kick by Christian Flath in the 58th minute. Photo by David Mable.

“It shows we can hang with anybody. We had it; we were playing with them,” said Menace defender Austin Ledbetter. “We had our chances, but it didn’t come out for us. It would’ve been a lifetime experience to get there (to Houston), but we fell short.”

Francois is an Open Cup hero once again for SAFC. In his pro debut a couple weeks ago, the Haitian sensation collected a third-minute assist and goals in the 70th and 74th minutes of a 3-1 home win over Corinthians FC. After scoring in tonight’s 81st minute on a cross-pass assist from Shawn Chin, Francois has delivered the game-winners in both of the first-year team’s Open Cup matches.

Though SAFC (2-4-4 USL) had the amateurs on their heels for most of the first half, the Menace regained its footing after regrouping at halftime. Once Francois’ goal put the pros on top, Des Moines pushed and pushed for an equalizer that never came.

The Menace turns its full attention on continuing a Premier Development League season that is off to a 2-0-0 start. Next up is a Saturday-night home match against Heartland Division newcomer Kokomo Mantis FC.

“We have a good squad, and we’ll be prepared for Kokomo. They’re a good team,” Ledbetter said. “Hanging with pro teams gives us a lot of confidence. We can play with any team in the country. We have one big goal: reaching the PDL playoffs and winning the championship.”

FOOTNOTES
With the most wins by an amateur team, the Menace is 14-11all-time (7-9 against professional teams) in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Des Moines is 7-6 against non-MLS pro teams, with the six losses coming by a combined seven goals.
The match ended with SAFC up a man. The Menace’s Elvir Ibisevic received a red card in the 89th minute.
This was the Menace’s first home loss since eventual PDL champion Michigan downed Des Moines, 2-0, in the 2014 PDL playoffs. Des Moines carries a 16-match regular-season unbeaten streak into Saturday’s meeting with Kokomo.

MAN of the MATCH: Christian Flath for his first goal in a Menace uniform. Flath is a native of Rostock, Germany, and a senior-to-be at Rider (N.J.).

UP NEXT: Des Moines hosts Kokomo Mantis FC on Youth Soccer Night this Saturday. Youth-soccer players get in for $1 when they wear their team jersey to a doubleheader that begins at 4:30 with the Menace women opening their home slate against the Kansas City Courage.

Match: San Antonio FC at Des Moines Menace
Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Competition: 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, second round
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 8 p.m. CDT
Weather: 70s, sunny

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 1 1
SAFC 0 2 2
MENACE – Christian Flath 58:00
SAFC – Sam McBride 72:00; Jacques Francois (Shawn Chin) 81:00

Misconduct Summary

MENACE CAUTIONS: Austin Ledbetter 71:00; MENACE EJECTION: Elvir Ibisevic 89:00
SAFC CAUTIONS: Carlos Alvarez 57:00; Danny Garcia 88:00; Jacques Francois 90:00+

Stats Summary:
MENACE / SAFC
Shots: 5 / 8
Saves: 6 / 3
Corner Kicks: 1 / 6
Fouls: 9 / 10
Offside: 2 / 3

ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. The Menace men’s team competes in the Premier Development League (PDL) and is set to begin its 23rd season in 2016. Starting their fifth season this year, 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 10+), and other various youth tournaments, camps and clinics.

FOLLOW THE MENACE:

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

Watch the best in the world  compete in Iowa City this September. Photo by David Mable

VOLKSWAGEN JINGLE CROSS CYCLO-CROSS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES TICKET SALES, GRAND FONDO EVENT

Watch the best in the world compete in Iowa City this September. Photo by David Mable

Watch the best in the world compete in Iowa City this September. Photo by David Mable

Tickets to the Iowa City stop on the 2016-2017 Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup series are now available for purchase, organizers of the local event announced Wednesday. The Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup will feature elite professional cyclo-cross racers from around the world selected by their home countries to compete in this global nine-race series. Iowa City will be the second stop on the World Cup circuit on Sept. 24, as part of the Volkswagen Jingle Cross Cyclo-Cross Festival Sept. 22-25 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds.

Tickets cost $15 and are available online at www.jinglecross.com or locally at any MidWestOne bank location. Ages 10 and younger will be admitted free. Tickets also can be purchased the day of the event at the fairgrounds.

“We are excited to bring such a prestigious event to Iowa and the Midwest,” said Jingle Cross World Cup race director John Meehan. “We invite everyone to come out and see what cyclo-cross racing is all about. This is an opportunity to watch the best bike racers in the world right here in Iowa City in a fun-filled party atmosphere. This is truly something you don’t want to miss.”

Spectators also can purchase VIP tickets for $95, which will include catered food and beverages, covered spectator areas, and exclusive access to several key viewing areas during the World Cup races on Sept. 24.

This year's Jingle Cross will include a gravel and paved gran fondo event.

This year’s Jingle Cross will include a gravel and paved gran fondo event.

In addition to the Telenet UCI World Cup, the Volkswagen Jingle Cross Festival hosts more than 60 amateur cyclo-cross races, plus the Jingle Cross Road and Gravel Fondo rides sponsored by Clif Bar. Fondo participants will be joined by professional cycling legends Christian Vande Velde and Jason McCartney. The fondos will begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Johnson County Fairgrounds.

Registration for the fondo events is now open at www.jinglecross.com. Cost is $75, and the entry fee includes a commemorative T-shirt, socks, water bottle and admission to the Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup. Registration for other Volkswagen Jingle Cross Festival cyclo-cross races opens July 1.

The Telenet UCI World Cup and Volkswagen Jingle Cross Festival events are being planned and coordinated by group of dedicated volunteers, with added support this year from the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, led by its president Josh Schamberger.

“Josh has been instrumental in bringing the Telenet UCI World Cup to Iowa City,” Meehan said. “We could not make an event of this scope happen without his leadership and assistance from his staff.”

For a complete schedule of festival events and races, or for information on how to volunteer, go to www.jinglecross.com.

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Menace extend win streak to 10 in St. Louis

ST. PETERS, Mo. – Saturday, May 28, 2016 – Goals from the team’s oldest and May28action2016storyyoungest players extended the Des Moines Menace’s franchise-record winning streak to 10.

Mark Heath-Preston and Elvir Ibisevic handled the scoring in a 2-0 victory over the St. Louis Lions tonight at Tony Glavin Complex. The Menace has picked up where the team left off last year, when Des Moines won its last eight Premier Development League matches to repeat as Heartland Division champs.

The Menace rides this momentum into an anticipated week on its home turf. On Wednesday, Des Moines tries to take down San Antonio FC (professional United Soccer League) in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The winner gets a marquee matchup with Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo.

Head coach Mike Matkovich’s side puts its streaks back on the line next Saturday. PDL newcomer Kokomo Mantis FC pays its first visit to Valley Stadium, where the Menace has won 16 straight regular-season matches.

“We’re just taking it one game at a time,” said Ibisevic. “It’s awesome that we’ll get to be back in front of our home fans. We’re ready to be back in our home atmosphere. Hopefully we can keep winning and get the chance to play an MLS team.”

To get past the Lions (1-2-0) in Saturday’s physical match, the Menace needed goals from two of its Open Cup heroes.

Heath-Preston, who scored in the Menace’s 2-1 win over FC Wichita on May 11, struck again in tonight’s 20th minute. The 29-year-old headed in an aerial cross-pass from Austin Polster.

Ibisevic, who made a splash with a 25-yard golazo in the team’s 2-0 home Cupset of Tulsa Roughnecks FC on May 18, bagged his first PDL goal in tonight’s 73rd minute – 16 minutes after making his regular-season debut. The 18-year-old from Johnston scored on a low cross from Christian Okeke, who a week ago opened the scoring in the Menace’s 2-1 home win over Chicago Fire U23.

The Menace and the Lions combined for 31 fouls – 16 on the visitors. Des Moines outshot St. Louis 11-3, with six shots on frame, compared to just one for the Lions.

“It was a tough battle, but we stuck together,” Ibisevic said. “We finished our opportunities and finished strong.”

FOOTNOTES
Des Moines is undefeated in its last eight meetings with St. Louis, taking a 14-5-10 lead in a series that dates to 2006.
The last time the Menace did not get a win in PDL regular-season action was June 19, 2015 (2-0 loss at Thunder Bay); the team’s last home loss in league play came on July 13, 2013 (2-1 to Real Colorado).
With his fourth PDL shutout, second-year Menace goalkeeper Nico Campbell improved to 6-1-0 in league matches.
The Menace has scored two goals in each of its four matches; Mark Heath-Preston’s tally tonight is the only first-half goal scored by either team in the Menace’s early-season action.

MAN of the MATCH: Mark Heath-Preston for the second time in 2016. Heath-Preston is the head coach of his alma mater, Bellevue University (Neb.) and he is a player-coach for the Menace. Despite being sideline by an injury for most of the 2015 PDL season, he scored five goals in just over 200 minutes.

UP NEXT: In the week ahead, Des Moines will host a pair of key matches separated by a couple days. On Wednesday at 8 p.m., (streamed live on CISN.tv) the Menace hosts San Antonio FC in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup’s third round. On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., in the nightcap of a doubleheader, the Menace welcomes Kokomo (Ind.) Mantis FC for the teams’ first meeting; The Menace women play their first 2016 home action – 4:30 p.m. against the Kansas City Courage.
Match: Des Moines Menace at St. Louis Lions
Date: Saturday, May 28, 2016
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Tony Glavin Complex (grass) in St. Peters, Mo.
Kickoff: 5 p.m. CDT
Weather: 80s, sunny

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 1 1 2
StL 0 0 0
MENACE – Mark Heath-Preston (Austin Polster) 20:00; Elvir Ibisevic (Christian Okeke) 73:00

Misconduct Summary:
MENACE CAUTIONS: Raul Gonzalez 26:00; Connor Corrigan 52:00; Leigh Veidman 54:00; Austin Polster 65:00; Keegan McHugh 82:00
StL CAUTIONS: Trenton Thielfoldt 18:00; Steven Hutchison 29:00

Stats Summary:
MENACE / StL
Shots: 11 / 3
Saves: 1 / 4
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 16 / 15
Offside: 4 / 1

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Saturday Sports May 7

CISN Sports Saturday replay from May 7, 2016. Listen every Saturday from 8 – 10 a.m. on 1350ESPN in Des Moines.

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