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Menace can't net one, falls 1-0

The Menace's Husref Jupic and Real Colorado's Julian Donaldson battle for the ball. Donaldson scored on a free kick for the second-straight night, helping the Foxes win 1-0 on Saturday. Photo credit: Pat Ward / Jolesch Photography

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, May 5, 2012 – Sometimes the final score does not tell the whole story. Tonight’s Premier Development League match between the Des Moines Menace and the Real Colorado Foxes is one of those times.

The Foxes escaped with a 1-0 win tonight at Valley Stadium, despite the near-miss Menace outshooting the visitors 20-7. Des Moines hit the goal’s framework four times without ever reaching the net, one night after settling for a 1-1 draw in the teams’ season opener.

“You gotta put the ball in the net,” Menace head coach Laurie Calloway lamented. “We thought we outplayed them. We could’ve done better.”

The series of close calls came in the second half. They included a rattler off the cross-bar from Thomas Metzemaekers in stoppage time that came soon after a scramble in the box resulting in Justin Ortinau’s shot pinging the right post.

“We should have won the game. We just didn’t finish,” said Risto Laetti, whose free kick in the 61st minute bounced off the cross-bar. “They (Real Colorado) got one lucky ball and got a goal.

That goal came from Julian Donaldson, who connected on a free kick for the second night in a row. After two good looks earlier in the match, the Foxes’ top scorer from a year ago capitalized on a set-piece just outside the box. His bomb in the 65th minute sailed sharply over the Menace’s wall, leaving goalkeeper Jonathan Viscosi no chance to parry it from the top left corner.

Calloway still found some positives to pull from the match.

It’s a forward step, even though it’s a loss. Much improved from last night. We created more opportunities,” the veteran coach said. “We improved in many areas."

MR. B MAN of the MATCH goes to: Brandon Beresford, who creatively put his teammates in goal-scoring opportunities from his position in the midfield. The native of Jonesboro, Ga., attends Graceland University.

UP NEXT: The Menace looks for its first win on Wednesday, on the road against the Springfield (Mo.) Demize. Des Moines is back at Valley Stadium next Saturday (May 12), hosting the St. Louis Lions for a 7:30 p.m. match presented by CBRE/Hubbell.

Match: Des Moines Menace vs. Real Colorado Foxes
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2012
Competition: Premier Development League regular-season match
Venue: Valley Stadium in West Des Moines, Iowa
Attendance: 3,243
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 80s and clear

Scoring Summary:     1   2   F
MENACE                      0   0    0
RC                               0   1    1

RC – Julian Donaldson 65:00

Stats Summary: MENACE / RC
Shots: 20 / 7
Saves: 2 / 5
Corner Kicks: 10 / 1
Fouls: 12 / 11
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary: Menace Red Card: Brent Kallman 65:00 Menace Yellow Cards: Taylor Diem 50:00; Jubril Lawal 64:00;Justin Ortinau 90:00  RC Yellow Cards: Sterling Copeland 37:00; Sean Sandoval 61:00; Dan Dwyer 65:00

ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. The Menace men’s side competes in the 73-team United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL). The Menace’s women’s team prepares for its inaugural season, as part of the six-team Women’s League Soccer. The Menace teams play their home matches in a fun, family-friendly environment at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines. The organization promotes a healthy lifestyle through its popular youth programs, including the Menace Academy (select soccer for ages 9-19), camps, clinics, Junior Menace and tournaments.

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