Audi Jepson scored again for the Menace, but the team didn't put the finishing touches against Kaw Valley. Photo credit: Jayde Vogeler
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, June 23, 2018 – Unbeaten but not untied.
The Des Moines Menace’s record is 9-0-1 after a 1-1 draw with Kaw Valley FC tonight at Valley Stadium.
Entering this Heartland Division showdown, the Menace knew a 10th straight win would clinch a spot in the Premier Development League Playoffs. After tonight’s result, the math is simple as Des Moines prepares for its four remaining regular-season matches – all at home.
With one more win, the Menace will be headed back to the playoffs as division champs.
When the Menace took the lead in tonight’s 78th minute, it looked like Des Moines might just maintain its only-perfect-record-in-the-league status. After repeated opportunities, the Menace gained the upper-hand when Audi Jepson slipped in a shot following Chris Hellmann’s spot-on through-ball.
“A great pass from Chris. I found myself a couple inches off my defender and was able to finish it,” said Jepson. “Credit to Chris.”
Kaw Valley responded just six minutes later, when Prichard Sibanda poked in Eric McWoods’ overhead ball. The expansion club from Kansas is 4-4-2 and still in the chase for one of the division’s two postseason berths.
Next Friday, these teams again go head-to-head, back here at Valley Stadium, for their third and final meeting. The season series is on the line; Des Moines won 2-1 in Lawrence on June 1.
“It’s unlucky – they scored late, and it’s unfortunate, our first dropped points of the season,” Jepson said. “I can’t wait for the next game. Hopefully, we can get the three points. We just gotta bring it from the start of the game and finish strong.”
UP NEXT: The Menace is at home for Friday-Saturday doubleheaders the next three weekends. On June 29, the Menace gets another shot at Kaw Valley; the next day, the team hosts Union Dubuque FC.
MAN of the MATCH: Audi Jepson, for his fourth goal of the season. Jepson is a recent grad of Wisconsin-Green Bay, in his hometown.
- The Menace has outscored foes 26-4 – 7-0 in the first half and 19-4 in the second half.
- Des Moines has been tied for 18 minutes this season; the Menace has not yet trailed in 2018 PDL play.
- This result ends the Menace’s longest single-season winning streak.
- Des Moines’ 9-0-1 start is the best in the franchise’s 25-year history.
- The halftime score has been 0-0 in six of the Menace’s 10 matches this season.
Match: Kaw Valley FC at Des Moines Menace
Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Valley Stadium (artificial turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m CDT
Weather: 70s, sunny
Scoreline 1 2 F
MENACE 0 1 1
KVFC 0 1 1
MENACE – Audi Jepson (Chris Hellmann) 78
KVFC – Prichard Sibanda (Eric McWoods) 84
KVFC – Clint Gardner (yellow card) 80
Corner Kicks: 5-0
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In its 25th season, the Menace men’s team competes in the Premier Development League (PDL). In its seventh season, 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 promotes the growth of soccer through these youth programs: Junior Menace (ages 3-9), Menace Academy (ages six and older), and tournaments, camps and clinics.