Halie Reznik (7) scored in a winning effort. Photo credit: Jayde Vogeler
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, June 30, 2018 – With all of the goals coming in the second half, the Des Moines Menace women found their groove in a 4-0 win over the Kansas City Courage.
Cassie Rohan, Halie Reznik, Haley Helverson and Mandy Pochobradsky scored in today’s Women’s Premier Soccer League action at Valley Stadium.
“I’m extremely excited. We were very dynamic today,” Menace head coach Justin Vorster said. “We were patient and in the end we got the result.”
The Menace broke through the Courage’s conservative defense in the 51st minute, when Rohan took matters into her own hands. She made a couple nifty moves, shaking off a pair of defenders in the box to free herself for a pinpoint shot that went in off the goal’s right post.
Des Moines continued to stretch KC’s defense, finding gaps and stretching the lead with goals in the 75th, 78th and 90th minutes.
“I thought we played really well,” said Izzy LaFollette, who assisted Reznik and Pochobradsky. “Once we regrouped at halftime, it was a lot better. The first goal gave us some confidence, and it started getting better from there.”
This match ended with the same score as the teams’ previous meeting, two weeks ago in Kansas City.
UP NEXT (UPDATED): Please note the new time and new venue for the Sunday (July 1) WPSL match between the Menace and the St. Louis Lions:
5:30 PM at Valley Stadium -- This match was originally scheduled for 4:30 at Prairie Ridge Sports Complex in Ankeny. Due to heavy rains, Prairie Ridge is closed today.
The season concludes next Saturday, when the Menace hosts the Kansas City Athletics at Valley Stadium.
WOMAN of the MATCH: Isabelle “Izzy” LaFollette, for her two-assist performance. The recent high school grad from Adel is heading into her freshman season at Northern Iowa.
- The Menace is 2-3-1; the Courage is 0-6-1.
- Menace goalie Maggie Smither earned the shutout.
- Haley Helverson leads the Menace with three goals – all against the Courage.
- Des Moines is on a three-match unbeaten streak.
Match: Kansas City Courage at Des Moines Menace
Date: Saturday, June 30, 2018
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Venue: Valley Stadium (artificial-turf field) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 90s with a few sprinkles
Followed by: Men’s exhibition, Union Dubuque FC at Des Moines Menace
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 4 4
KCC 0 0 0
MENACE: Cassie Rohan 51
MENACE: Halie Reznik (Isabel LaFolette) 75
MENACE: Haley Helverson (Hannah Bormann) 78
MENACE: Mandy Pochobradsky (LaFolette) 90
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. The Menace women’s team is part of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL), and the Menace men’s team competes in the Premier Development League (PDL). 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 six and older), camps, clinics and tournaments.