GLENDALE, Wis. – Wednesday, May 16, 2012 – The Des Moines Menace’s long-awaited return to the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup came at the end of a wild, delay-filled Tuesday night that concluded with a 3-1 win over the Milwaukee Bavarians.
For the first time since 2006, the Menace advances past the national tournament’s opening round. Des Moines hosts defending North American Soccer League champion Minnesota Stars FC next Tuesday (May 22) at Valley Stadium – the site of back-to-back 1-0 losses in the first round of the 2010 and 2011 Open Cup. The winner moves on to a third-round match with a Major League Soccer team on May 29.
Tuesday night’s final whistle sounded soon after 11 o’clock, ending a first-round match whose first and second halves were delayed by lightning and whose overtime period started 15 minutes late, following an unlikely sprinkler delay caused by the Bavarian Soccer Park irrigation system’s watering schedule.
“It was a tough night, and hard to get our guys to refocus and refocus again, with all the delays in the action,” Menace head coach Laurie Calloway said. “I think it says a lot about our players, to be able to stick it out and get the win.”
With Husref Jupic and Lebogang Moloto leading the attack, the Menace (1-2-1 Premier Development League) overcame a first-half deficit and improved to 8-6 all-time in the Open Cup.
Jupic, who scored three goals in the Menace’s 4-1 win over PDL Heartland Division rival St. Louis last Saturday, was a hero again on this night. The Des Moines Hoover grad scored the equalizer in the 70th minute. Luis Piffer assisted Jupic’s left-footed laser, soon after the Menace received a two-man advantage.
Moloto scored in the 102nd and 108th minutes – delivering a goal in each of the two 15-minute overtime periods. The game-winner was assisted by Brent Kallman, who cleared the ball from deep in Des Moines’ side of the field. Moloto, who assisted three goals on Saturday, controlled the bouncing pass with his chest and scored a breakaway goal.
Logan McDaniel assisted the match’s final goal, returning the favor after Moloto set up McDaniel’s goal that opened the scoring in last Saturday’s win.
The Menace controlled much of the match but struggled to find its footing and the finishing touch on the Bavarians’ bumpy, slippery field. Des Moines’ Javi Lopez twice hit the crossbar twice off of headers set up by corner kicks. McDaniel hit the post on a penalty kick in the 60th minute.
“I think we obviously were making a lot of chances, and we missed several golden opportunities,” Calloway said. “It was only a matter of time for the goals to come.”
Des Moines played with more players than the Bavarians for the final 75 minutes, and with a two-man advantage for more than 20 minutes in the second half. The Bavarians’ David Caban was sent off upon receiving his second yellow card, in the 68th minute. Andrew Stone received a red card in the closing minutes of the first half.
The overtime was played with only 19 players on the field, after the Menace’s Jubril Lawal was issued a red card for dangerous play, in the 90th minute.
The Bavarians have not won an Open Cup match since 2003, when they opened with a 2-1 overtime win over the Menace in Des Moines, before eventually bowing out in the third round. Milwaukee opens its National Premier Soccer League season on Sunday against Eau Claire. The Bavarians are the NPSL’s defending Midwest Conference champions.
MR. B MAN of the MATCH goes to: Moloto, who scored two overtime goals to send the Menace into the Cup’s second round. Moloto, a native of South Africa who is in his third season with the Menace, is an all-American who has guided Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.) to two NAIA titles in three seasons.
UP NEXT: The Menace is back at Valley Stadium on 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.
Des Moines hosts Minnesota Stars FC on Tuesday, May 22 in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup. The winner advances to a May 29 third-round matchup with a to-be-determined Major League Soccer team.
“We need to win Saturday to get back in the league fight,” Calloway said. “Then we can prepare for Tuesday’s Open Cup match.”
Match: Des Moines Menace vs. Milwaukee Bavarians
Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2012
Competition: 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup first round
Venue: Bavarian Soccer Park
Kickoff: 7:45 p.m. CDT (originally scheduled for 7 p.m.; start of match and start of second half delayed by lightning)
Weather: 70s, scattered thunderstorms at the beginning; 50s, windy and cold at the end
Scoring Summary: 1 2 OT F
MENACE 0 1 2 3
MIL 0 1 0 1
MENACE – Husref Jupic (Luis Piffer) 70:00; Lebogang Moloto (Brent Kallman) 102:00; Moloto (Logan McDaniel) 108:00
MIL – Cyril Simmons (Chris Madsen) 24:00
Misconduct Summary: Menace Yellow Cards: Luis Piffer 56:00; Taylor Diem 80:00; Menace Red Card: Jubril Lawal 90:00; MIL Yellow Cards: David Caban 18:00; Chris Madsen 45:00; Caban 68:00; Amilcar Herraro 75:00; MIL Red Card: Andrew Stone 44:00
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 five-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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