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Menace finds finishing touch, wins 4-1

Atop a sideline table Husref Jupic (left) and Lebogang Moloto celebrate Jupic's first of three goals. Photo credit: Pat Ward / Jolesch Photography
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, May 12, 2012 – The goals finally came for the Des Moines Menace, and when they did, they came in heaps. With an outburst of four quick goals, the Menace shook off a slow start to the Premier Development League season, defeating the St. Louis Lions, 4-1, tonight at Valley Stadium.

Husref Jupic scored three goals, Lebogang Moloto assisted three and Logan McDaniel delivered a goal and an assist. They did it all in the first 17 minutes of the second half, emphatically ending the Menace’s 310-minute scoring drought.

“It’s great to get those goals and to get the first win. Great performances all around,” said Menace head coach Laurie Calloway after seeing his team improve to 1-2-1. “Lebo was unbelievable. He was the extra spark tonight.”

Moloto joined the team yesterday, and made a big entrance into his third season in Des Moines. He assisted McDaniel in the first minute after halftime, and set up Jupic in the 51st and 60th minutes.

“It feels good to be back. I missed the fans, missed the coaches, missed the players and staff,” Moloto said. “I think the team’s coming along. It’s about time we get some wins.”

“The first goal really made the difference. It really opened up the game,” Jupic said of McDaniel’s drought-busting score. “Now we know what we can do. We know we can score goals. We’ll keep finding the back of the net, and more wins will come."

Jupic finished two goals in 21 matches with the Menace the last two seasons. He eclipsed his PDL career total in a span of 12 minutes, capped by a clean chip set up by McDaniel.

Jupic’s hat trick came exactly five years after the Menace’s most recent three-goal performance – by franchise player Tomas Boltnar on May 12, 2007 in a 5-0 win over Sioux Falls.

St. Louis, which received a late goal from Chris Mathews, dropped its season-opener. The Menace visits the Lions on May 26, looking for its fifth straight win against St. Louis.

MR. B MAN of the MATCH goes to: Jupic, who was coached by Boltnar as a member of the Des Moines Menace Academy.

“Having your name put up next to Tomas in any category is an honor – something to be proud of,” Jupic said.

The Des Moines Hoover grad was the 2009 Iowa High School Player of the Year. He prepares for his senior season at Western Illinois University.

UP NEXT: 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. A win means Des Moines hosts Minnesota Stars FC on Tuesday, May 22 in second-round play.

The Menace is back at Valley Stadium next Saturday (May 19), following the first-ever match for the Menace women’s team. The doubleheader opens with a 4:30 p.m. Women’s League Soccer match between the inaugural Menace women and FC Indiana. The Menace men keep their usual 7:30 time spot, hosting the Kansas City Brass. The games are presented by Jack Links.

Match: Des Moines Menace vs. St. Louis Lions
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012
Competition: Premier Development League regular-season match
Venue: Valley Stadium 
Attendance: 3,722
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 70s and clear

Scoring Summary:     1   2   F
MENACE                      0   4    4
StL                               0   1    1

MENACE – Logan McDaniel (Lebogang Moloto) 46:00; Husref Jupic (Moloto) 51:00; Jupic (Moloto) 60:00; Jupic (McDaniel) 63:00
StL – Chris Mathews 84:00

Stats Summary: MENACE / StL
Shots: 14 / 3
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 1
Fouls: 3 / 8
Offside: 4 / 4

Misconduct Summary: Menace Yellow Card: Husref Jupic 52:00  StL Red Card: Jamie Skillen 72:00

Des Moines Menace 2012 PDL Schedule
(1-2-1 overall, 1-1-1 at home and 0-1-1 on the road)
Friday, May 4             Real Colorado Foxes           T, 1-1
Saturday, May 5         Real Colorado Foxes           L, 0-1
Wednesday, May 9     at Springfield Demize             L, 0-1
Saturday, May 12       St. Louis Lions                      W, 4-1
Tuesday, May 15        Milwaukee Bavarians ^           7 p.m. at Bavarian Soccer Park
Friday, May 19           Kansas City Brass                7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, May 26        at St. Louis Lions                    5 p.m. at Tony Glavin Complex
Friday, June 1             at WSA Winnipeg                   7 p.m. at Winnipeg Soccer Complex
Saturday, June 2         at WSA Winnipeg                   7 p.m. at Winnipeg Soccer Complex
Saturday, June 9       Kansas City Brass                7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Thursday, June 14      at Springfield Demize             7 p.m. at Cooper Complex
Saturday, June 16     Colorado Select #                 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Friday, June 22           at Thunder Bay Chill               6:30 p.m. at Chapples Park
Saturday, June 23       at Thunder Bay Chill               6:30 p.m. at Chapples Park
Saturday, June 30     Springfield Demize              7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Friday, July 6             Thunder Bay Chill                7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, July 7         Thunder Bay Chill                7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, July 14       Minnesota Stars FC #          7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Sunday, July 15           at St. Louis Lions                    5 p.m. at Tony Glavin Complex
^ = first round of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
# = exhibition
All times are Central
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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