Regan Steigleder and the Menace are unbeaten in their last four outings. They look to finish the season on an upswing. Photo credit: Jayde Vogeler
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Thursday, July 5, 2018 – Looking to close the Women’s Premier Soccer League season on a five-match unbeaten streak, the Des Moines Menace hosts the Kansas City Athletics on Saturday at Valley Stadium.
The 4:30 p.m. action – a rematch of a scoreless draw on June 23 – features teams going in opposite directions.
The Menace (3-3-1) is on a roll after opening the season with three straight losses. The Athletics (3-1-2) haven’t won since starting the season with three straight wins.
Head coach Justin Vorster’s Menace picked up a pair of decisive victories last weekend at Valley Stadium. With all the scoring coming after halftime, the Menace downed the Kansas City Courage, 4-0, on Saturday and the St. Louis Lions, 3-0, on Sunday.
Entering this final weekend, the Menace knows a victory on Saturday, paired with a loss or a tie by the Athletics when they host Fire & Ice SC on Sunday, would seal a second-place finish for Des Moines. Fire & Ice SC (4-0-2) can clinch the Heartland Conference title with a Menace victory, or by winning one of its two weekend games in Kansas City (starting Saturday against the Courage).
KANSAS CITY ATHLETICS at DES MOINES MENACE
DATE and TIME: Saturday, July 7 at 4:30 p.m. (ticket silo and gate open at 3:45)
VENUE: Valley Stadium (artificial-turf field) in West Des Moines, Iowa
COMPETITION: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
FOLLLOWED BY: Premier Development League match, Chicago FC United at Des Moines Menace
ABOUT THE MENACE
- 3-3-1 – on a four-match unbeaten streak that started June 16.
- Haley Helverson leads a balanced attack with three goals.
- Entered its seventh season with an all-time record of 32-17-5.
- Led by fourth-year head coach Justin Vorster, who is assisted by Alex Fonseca and Hugo Macedo.
ABOUT THE ATHLETICS
- 3-1-2 – on a three-match winless streak that started June 16.
- Sees its first action since a scoreless draw with Des Moines on June 23.
- Finishes its season on Sunday at home against defending WPSL champ Fire & Ice SC (4-0-2, in first place in the Heartland Conference).
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 Conference (part of the WPSL Central Region) along with the Kansas City Courage, the Kansas City Athletics, Fire & Ice SC (Belleville, Ill.) and the St. Louis Lions.
RECAPPING LAST WEEKEND’S WINS
- On Saturday, the Menace downed the Kansas City Courage 4-0, with Cassie Rohan, Halie Reznik, Haley Helverson and Mandy Pochobradsky scoring in the second half.
- On Sunday, the Menace defeated the St. Louis Lions 3-0, with Amber Matthews, Abby Stephenson and Ketsiah Nahr scoring in the second half.
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In its seventh season, the Menace women’s team is part of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). The Menace men’s team, in its 25th season, 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 grows soccer by providing youth programs including Junior Menace (ages 3-9), Menace Youth Academy (ages 8-19) and youth tournaments, camps and clinics.