SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Wednesday, May 9, 2012 – Before tonight, the Springfield Demize had finished on the losing end of all 11 of its encounters with the Des Moines Menace.
The Demize snapped the futility streak tonight, opening its Premier Development League season with a 1-0 win over the Menace at Cooper Complex. Eric Martin scored for the home team in the 76th minute, when Gerard Barbero set him up with a ball behind the Menace defense.
Des Moines heads home with a 0-2-1 mark, searching for goals and the season’s first win in Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. showdown with rival St. Louis at Valley Stadium. Since Maksym Kowal’s goal in the sixth minute of last Friday’s season-opening 1-1 draw with Real Colorado, the Menace has gone 264 minutes without scoring.
“Defensively we’ve looked solid in all three games,” Menace head coach Laurie Calloway said. “We just couldn’t get the ball in the net – just like Saturday (when the Menace outshot Real Colorado 20-7 but lost 1-0). We had seven good chances that we counted tonight. It’s just frustrating.
“We’ll get it together,” Calloway said. “We’ve told our guys, ‘You’re the Des Moines Menace, and you’ve got target on your back. Step up your game, everybody’s after you because you’re the Des Moines Menace.'”
Calloway gave credit to the opportunistic Demize – a team that the Menace has outscored 40-4 in 12 all-time meetings dating back to 2007.
“They hung in there. They were like a fighter on the ropes,” Calloway said of the Menace’s opponent. “You could tell how much it meant to them, by the way they celebrated after the game.”
Springfield goalkeeper Trevor Spangenberg – who, like Barbero, spent time with the Menace last season – earned the win. Jhojan Obando, making his first appearance in goal in his second season with the Menace, was saddled with the loss.
MR. B MAN of the MATCH goes to: Brandon Fricke, who controlled the midfield and set up several scoring opportunities in his first appearance for the Menace season. A Grimes native who attends Butler University, Fricke is in his third year with the Menace.
UP NEXT: The Menace hosts the St. Louis Lions on Saturday (May 12) at Valley Stadium, where all of the team’s home matches start at 7:30 p.m. For every purchased ticket at Saturday’s match, which is presented by CBRE/Hubbell, the Menace will donate $2 to Blessman Ministries – a non-profit Christian ministry group striving to meet the physical needs of children in South Africa by providing nutritional support, housing and medical care, and to meet their spiritual needs.
Next week brings a quick turnaround for the Menace, which plays the Milwaukee Bavarians at Bavarian Soccer Park on Tuesday (May 15) in the first round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, starting at 7 p.m.
Match: Des Moines Menace vs. Springfield Demize
Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Competition: Premier Development League regular-season match
Venue: Cooper Complex
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CDT
Weather: 70s and clear
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 0 0
SPR 0 1 1
SPR – Eric Martin (Gerard Barbero) 76:00
Stats Summary: MENACE / SPR
Shots: 4 / 2
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 0
Fouls: 7 / 10
Offside: 1 / 4
Misconduct Summary: Menace Yellow Cards: Jake Brown 43:00 SPR Yellow Cards: Mateus Silva 2:00; Matt Walton 73:00
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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