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Lions down Menace, 2-1

Logan McDaniel (left, shown in the Menace's 4-1 win over St. Louis on May 12) scored Des Moines' only goal in a 2-1 setback at St. Louis.
ST. PETERS, Mo. – Saturday, May 26, 2012 – The St. Louis Lions foiled the Des Moines Menace’s first-place plans, coming back for a 2-1 win tonight at Tony Glavin Complex.

In their home opener, the Lions (1-2-1) snapped a 12-match winless streak against the Menace. Des Moines (2-3-1, seven points) entered the Premier Development League match knowing a win would mean sole possession of the Heartland Division’s top spot, above Springfield (3-1-0) and Real Colorado (2-1-3).

The Lions’ Gerard John-Williams and Dean Lovegrove scored in the second half, wiping out an early deficit. The Menace struck less than five minutes into the match, when Brent Kallman’s long throw-in connected with Logan McDaniel, who finessed the ball into the goal’s bottom right corner.

“We started well,” Menace head coach Laurie Calloway said. “Then we had great chances, but didn’t score from them. I thought we put on good pressure from our corners and set pieces.”

The Menace has lost both of its road matches, including a 1-0 setback at Springfield on May 9. Calloway’s crew looks to reverse this next weekend with a pair of matches at WSA Winnipeg (June 1-2).

“It was one of those games we should’ve won but didn’t, just like Colorado (a 1-0 loss on May 5), just like Springfield," Calloway said.

“We’ve got to get hungry in front of the goal. We’re not putting them away. We’ve got to get back on track.”

Des Moines leads the all-time series with St. Louis, 7-4-8, highlighted by a 6-0-6 run in 12 previous meetings, including a 4-1 home win on May 12. These rivals won’t see each other again until the final day of the regular season. The Menace visits St. Louis on July 15, with memories of closing the 2011 season with a playoff-clinching 1-0 win at Tony Glavin Complex.

MR. B MAN of the MATCH goes to: Logan McDaniel for the second straight match. The Loyola Marymount product has two goals and an assist in his second season with the Menace. McDaniel starred for Des Moines in 2010, when he was named to the PDL’s all-Central Conference team.

UP NEXT: The Menace travels to Canada, facing WSA Winnipeg in a Friday-Saturday doubleheader at Winnipeg Soccer Complex (June 1-2). The team returns to Valley Stadium on Saturday, June 9 for a 7:30 match against Kansas City on Youth Soccer Night, presented by the YMCA. All youth-soccer players and coaches receive free admission to the June 9 match.

Match: Des Moines Menace at St. Louis Lions
Date: Saturday, May 26, 2012
Competition: Premier Development League Heartland Division regular-season match
Venue: Tony Glavin Complex in St. Peters, Mo.
Kickoff: 5 p.m. CDT
Weather: 90s and partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:     1   2    F
MENACE                      1   0    1   
StL                               0   2    2         
MENACE – Logan McDaniel (Brent Kallman) 5:00
StL – Gerard John-Williams (Jamie Skillen) 61:00; Dean Lovegrove 78:00

Stats Summary: MENACE / StL
Shots: 7 / 4
Saves: 1 / 5
Corner Kicks: 5 / 4
Fouls: 10 / 11
Offside: 4 / 3

Misconduct Summary: StL Yellow Cards: Alen Bradaric 23:00; Jamie Skillen 70:00

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, in its inaugural season, is 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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