Jermaine Seoposenwe scored late to avoid a home shutout against the GSI Pride. Photo credit: Joe Sprunger
URBANDALE, Iowa – Sunday, July 16, 2017 – A 4-1 win over the Des Moines Menace today put the finishing touches on a perfect regular season for the GSI Pride.
The first-year team from Kansas City completes its Women’s Premier Soccer League schedule with an 8-0-0 mark and the Heartland Region’s spot in the national tournament.
Des Moines (3-3-2) finishes the season in third place, behind the Chicago Red Stars Reserves (4-2-2), who topped the Menace 2-0 yesterday at Valley Stadium.
Like they did in a 3-0 home win on June 18, the Pride pounced on the Menace early and often today at the Urbandale Soccer Complex. Once again, GSI kept goalkeeper Haley Morris and the Menace defense on their toes.
Jamie Kuter found the net in the fifth and 45th minutes, and Lizzie Enna scored in the 38th. Kiara Houser made it a 4-0 match in the 55th minute.
“GSI is a great team. I won’t be surprised if they go on to win it all,” Menace head coach Justin Vorster said. “We lost our shape a bit in the first half. I just asked to the girls to raise their intensity. After that, I thought we kept our shape in the back and hung in there.”
A goal in the last 10 minutes of the match prevented a shutout. Jermaine Seoposenwe finessed a beautiful free kick that splashed the netting in the 81st minute.
Though the Menace won just one of its final five matches, Vorster expressed pride in the Menace’s teamwork and their performance against a highly competitive region.
“Overall, I thought it was a good season,” the third-year coach reflected. “There was definitely a cohesiveness amongst the girls. They all got along and worked well together. No egos, no separation. I loved coaching this team.”
WPSL HEARTLAND REGION FINAL STANDINGS
1. GSI Pride 8-0-0, 24 points
2. Chicago Red Stars 4-2-2, 14 points
3. MENACE 3-3-2, 11 points
4. Kansas City Courage 0-4-4, 4 points
5. Minnesota TwinStars 0-6-2, 2 points
- The Menace women are 4-1-1 all-time in home matches played on grass.
- This season, Des Moines played its home matches in Grimes, Indianola, West Des Moines and Urbandale; each game was played in temperatures of 90-plus.
- Through six seasons, the Menace women are 32-17-5.
- In the WPSL Central Division playoffs GSI (that stands for Global Sports International) will face Motor City on Saturday in Belleville, Ill. (near St. Louis).
- Thanks to the Johnston-Urbandale Soccer Club and the Urbandale Soccer Club for hosting the season finale.
WOMAN of the MATCH: Jermaine Seoposenwe, for her second goal of the season. She joins Rebecca Rodgers (five) and Elise White (two) as the only Menace players with multiple goals in 2017. Seoposenwe represented South Africa in the 2016 Olympics.
Match: GSI Pride at Des Moines Menace
Date: Sunday, July 16, 2017
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Venue: Urbandale Soccer Complex in Urbandale, Iowa
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 90s, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 1 1
GSI 3 1 4
MENACE: Jermaine Seoposenwe 81:00
GSI: Jamie Kuter 5:00; Lizzie Enna (Sydney Miramontez) 38:00; Kuter 45:00; Kiara Houser 55:00
2017 MENACE WPSL FINAL RESULTS (3-3-2)
Sunday, June 4 Kansas City Courage T, 2-2
Sunday, June 11 Minnesota TwinStars W, 3-1
Saturday, June 17 at Kansas City Courage W, 2-0
Sunday, June 18 at GSI Pride L, 3-0
Wednesday, June 21 at Minnesota TwinStars W, 2-0
Saturday, July 8 at Chicago Red Stars Reserves T, 1-1
Saturday, July 15 Chicago Red Stars Reserves L, 0-2
Sunday, July 16 GSI Pride L, 1-4
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.