Risto Laetti (left) scored his first Menace goal, helping his team come back against WSA Winnipeg.
WINNIPEG, Canada – Saturday, June 2, 2012 – WSA Winnipeg put the Des Moines Menace in a tough spot, and the Menace responded. Risto Laetti and Jeff Kyei scored late in tonight’s Premier Development League match at Winnipeg Soccer Complex, and the Menace turned a two-goal deficit into a 2-2 draw.
The Menace, which won 4-1 last night in the first half of this doubleheader, heads home with a 3-3-2 record halfway through its 16-game regular-season schedule.
Daniel Demelo gave WSA Winnipeg the halftime lead tonight. His score in the 41st minute is the only goal the Menace has conceded in the first 60 minutes of a PDL match this season. Miguel Tochez scored in the 61st minute, stretching the home team’s lead to 2-0.
“We were flat. It’s disappointing,” said Menace head coach Laurie Calloway. “I told our guys there’s no way we should be behind this team. It’s just extremely frustrating. We dominated the team but shot ourselves in the foot, with mistakes giving up a couple goals.”
Laetti cut the lead in half in the 73rd minute, scoring on a scramble in the box after receiving the ball from Jack Pearson. Kyei’s equalizer, assisted by Phil Da Silva, came two minutes later.
The Menace kept pushing forward, creating opportunity after opportunity in the match’s final 15 minutes. Unfortunately, nothing materialized for Des Moines, which played with an advantage after Demelo’s second yellow card forced him from the match in the 79th minute.
Calloway and his team ramp up for the second half of their season, poised to contend for the Heartland Division championship.
With 11 points, Des Moines is second in the jumbled division standings, right behind Real Colorado (3-2-3, 12 points), which dropped a 3-0 decision to Thunder Bay tonight.
Nipping on the Menace’s heals are Springfield (3-2-1, 10 points), Thunder Bay (3-1-0, nine points), St. Louis (2-2-2, eight points) and WSA Winnipeg (1-3-4, seven points).
“This division’s wide open,” Calloway said. “We know we can win division. We need to find the guys who can do the job for us. We’ll get to work on finishing and on not giving up goals.”
MR. B MAN of the MATCH goes to: Jeff Kyei, who evened the match with his first goal in a Menace uniform. Kyei, a native of Germany, attends California University of Pennsylvania.
MENACE WOMEN WIN IN STOPPAGE TIME: The Des Moines Menace women won their first-ever road match, 2-1, over FC Indiana tonight in Lafayette, Ind. Brittany Morgan’s game-winning goal in the 91st minute was set up by a foul to Maggie Kukuk about 20 yards from the goal.
Des Moines fell behind in the match’s first minute and tied the match in the 70th minute, when Jordan Bishop set up Tori Von Mende’s goal.
The Menace (2-0-0) continues its Women’s League Soccer schedule on June 9, with a return trip to the Hoosier State, facing the Indiana Invaders.
“We came out a little bit flat, but talked through it and dominated the second half,” head coach Kevin Schalk said. “Coming away with a result on the road is always a positive.”
The Menace’s WLS team has three remaining home matches: June 30, July 7 and July 4 – all on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium, preceding 7:30 matches for the Menace’s PDL side.
UP NEXT: The Menace returns to Valley Stadium on Saturday, June 9 for a 7:30 PDL 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 WSA Winnipeg
Date: Saturday, June 2, 2012
Competition: Premier Development League Heartland Division regular-season match
Venue: Winnipeg Soccer Complex in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CDT
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 2 2
WSA 1 1 2
MENACE – Risto Laetti (Jack Pearson) 73:00; Jeff Kyei (Phil Da Silva) 75:00
WSA – Daniel Demelo 41:00; Miguel Tochez 61:00
Misconduct Summary: Menace Yellow Cards: Jack Pearson 53:00; Logan McDaniel 63:00; Maksym Kowal 75:00; Javi Lopez 78:00; WSA Yellow Cards: Daniel Demelo 65:00; Moses Danto 75:00; Demilo 79:00 (second yellow); Michael Allieu 84:00; Aaron Badescu 84:00
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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