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Piffer puts away Brass

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, May 19, 2012 – In 21 prior matches spanning three seasons with the Des Moines Menace, Luis Piffer had produced two goals. He matched this total in 21 minutes of the Menace’s 3-2 Premier Development League win over the Kansas City Brass tonight at Valley Stadium.

Making his first start of the season, Piffer scored in the 63rd and 84th minutes tonight, with his second goal putting the Menace up for good, after the team let a 2-0 lead slip away.

“It’s a pleasure to score with the Menace,” said Piffer, a Brazilian who wrapped up his NAIA all-American with Grand View University last fall. “We’re like a family. We help each other. I feel like I’m helping my family, when I score."

Des Moines improves to 2-2-1, heading into its Tuesday home match in the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Menace faces defending North American Soccer League champion Minnesota Stars FC at 7:30 p.m., with the winner advancing to play Real Salt Lake (Major League Soccer) on May 29.

“It’s going to be hard, but we’re working hard,” Piffer said. “We want to play the best teams in America.”

The Menace controlled tonight’s action, outshooting the Brass 29-6. Defender Brent Kallman netted the first goal in the 28th minute, coming from a set piece. Logan McDaniel served a cross to Javi Lopez, whose diving header was deflected by goalkeeper Alex Drambour. Kallman cleaned up the mess, for his first goal in a Menace uniform.

“We played wonderful soccer,” Menace head coach Laurie Calloway said. “We should’ve been up three or four goals at the half.”

After Piffer’s first goal, the Brass did not go down easily. Nick McDonald, who came on in the 70th minute, opportunistically put away goals in the 75th and 82nd minutes. Like Piffer, McDonald took two shots, and scored on both.

“We gave up two bad goals. I think a lot of it comes down to concentration,” Kallman said. “It’s kind of an adrenaline dump to let go of the lead like that. But we kept attacking, kept at it, got the goal and got the win.”

The Menace is 16-4-0 at home against the Brass. These teams meet again on June 9, when Kansas City returns for Des Moines’ next home regular-season match.

The Brass is the fifth team this season to open against the Menace.

MR. B MAN of the MATCH goes to: Piffer, who became the third Menace player with a multi-goal game this season.

Husref Jupic was a hat-trick hero in a 4-1 win over St. Louis on May 12. Lebogang Moloto scored two overtime goals in a 3-1 win over the Milwaukee Bavarians on May 15, sending the Menace on to the Open Cup’s second round.

MENACE WOMEN WIN DEBUT: In their first-ever match the Menace women shut out FC Indiana, 4-0, as a precursor to the Premier Development League match.

Morningside College’s Maggie Kukuk scored the first two goals in the history of the Women’s League Soccer team (12th and 48th minutes). Amanda Millard from Upper Iowa University stretched the lead in the 60th minute. Iowa State’s Brittany Morgan, who also assisted two goals, closed the scoring in the 71st minute.

UP NEXT: Des Moines hosts Minnesota Stars FC on Tuesday, in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup. A Menace win would mean a third-round match at Real Salt Lake on May 29; with a win, Minnesota would host Real Salt Lake on May 29.

Match: Des Moines Menace vs. Kansas City Brass
Date: Saturday, May 19, 2012
Competition: Premier Development League regular-season match
Venue: Valley Stadium 
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 70s, clear

Scoring Summary:     1   2    F
MENACE                      1   2    3    
KC                               0   2    2         

MENACE – Brent Kallman 28:00; Luis Piffer 63:00; Piffer 84:00
KC – Nick McDonald 75:00; McDonald 82:00

Misconduct Summary: Menace Yellow Card: Lebogang Moloto 88:00; KC Yellow Cards: Trent Remmich 42:00; Fabio Priore 89:00

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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