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Menace women winless in St. Louis

Lauren Ronnfeldt (center) and the Menace are 0-3-0 to start the 2018 WPSL season. Photo credit: Jayde Vogeler
 
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Monday, June 11, 2018 – Three games into the 2018 Women’s Premier Soccer League season, the Des Moines Menace is still in search of its first win – and goal.
 
The Menace came home empty-handed from the St. Louis area after a pair of losses.
 
A week after dropping Des Moines 4-0, defending WPSL champ Fire & Ice claimed a 3-0 win on Saturday. The Menace found itself in a two-goal hole less than 20 minutes into this one.
 
“Fire & Ice showed us why they are national champions. A very strong and well-organized team,” Menace assistant coach Hugo Macedo said. “I’m proud of the way our players competed and fought until the last minute of the game.
 
On Sunday, the St. Louis Lions – a team coming off a 1-1 road draw on Saturday night against the Kansas City Courage – won their inaugural WPSL regular-season home match. The first-year side made good on a penalty kick in the ninth minute, though it wasn’t until the 87th minute that the Lions put the match out of the Menace’s reach.
 
“Again, another early goal in the game. That definitely affects the structure and the concentration of the team,” Macedo said. “It’s not very easy to play two full games in less than 24 hours, but once again, not a single player on the field gave less than 100 percent of their effort. Not pleased with the loss, of course, but very happy with their attitude.”
 
 
UP NEXT: The Menace closes its road schedule the next two Saturdays in Kansas City: June 16 against the Courage and June 23 against the Athletics.
 
Des Moines closes the season with three home matches – June 30, July 1 and July 7.
 
 
FOOTNOTES
  • Fire & Ice (2-0-0) hosts the St. Louis Lions (1-1-1) on Wednesday.
  • The Kansas City Athletics share second place with Fire & Ice in the WPSL Heartland Conference.
  • Foes have outscored the Menace 9-0, with a 6-0 advantage in the first 20 minutes of matches.
  • Since a 2-0 win at Minnesota on June 21, 2017, the Menace is on a six-match winless streak.
 
Match: Des Moines Menace at Fire & Ice
Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Venue: Althoff Catholic High School (artificial turf) in Belleville, Ill.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CDT
 
Scoring Summary:   1    2      F
MENACE                      0    0    0
F&I                              2    1     3
 
F&I: Sarah Luebbe 13
F&I: Kailey Utley 18
F&I: Utley 50
 
Woman of the Match:          
Goalkeeper Maggie Smither
 
 
Match: Des Moines Menace at St. Louis Lions
Date: Sunday, June 10, 2018
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Venue: Tony Glavin Soccer Complex (grass) in St. Peters, Mo.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. CDT
 
Scoring Summary:   1    2      F
MENACE                      0    0    0
StL                               1    1     2
 
StL: Allison Verville PK 9
StL: Verville 87
 
Woman of the Match:          
Midfielder Haley Helverson
 
 
 
 
2018 MENACE WPSL SCHEDULE
 
Saturday, June 2       Fire & Ice SC                        L, 0-4
Saturday, June 9        at Fire & Ice SC                      L, 0-3
Sunday, June 10         at St. Louis Lions                     L, 0-2
Saturday, June 16      at Kansas City Courage          4 p.m. at Northeast High School
Saturday, June 23      at Kansas City Athletics          3 p.m. at Shawnee Mission High School
Saturday, June 30     Kansas City Courage           4:30 pm. at Valley Stadium
Sunday, July 1           St. Louis Lions                4:30 p.m. at Prairie Ridge Sports Complex
Saturday, July 7        Kansas City Athletics           4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
 
All game times are central 
 
 
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.
 


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