Javi Lopez (pictured in the air) was the hero on Saturday night.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, June 9, 2012 – With his first two goals of the season, Des Moines Menace defender Javi Lopez turned a deficit into a 2-1 win tonight at Valley Stadium.
The towering center-back headed in two second-half scores, lifting the Menace past the Kansas City Brass and helping his team improve to 4-3-2 in the Premier Development League.
“It’s amazing,” Lopez said with a wide smile. “The goal was coming. We knew it was. It’s exciting for me.”
Lopez and the Menace defense kept the Brass at bay, after Matt McDevitt spotted the visitors (0-3-0) a halftime lead. In the 39th minute Jordan Green’s crisp, left-footed cross found McDevitt, who capitalized on Kansas City’s only shot on goal on a night when Des Moines outshot its guests 36-7.
The equalizing goal came in the 67th minute. Lebogang Moloto sent a corner kick to the far post and Taylor Diem headed the ball to Lopez for a header that froze Brass goalkeeper Kyle Martin.
The score remained tied into the final minutes.
“My feeling was we were going to score,” Menace head coach Laurie Calloway said. “We created so many opportunities. Something would break eventually. It worked out for us in the end.”
It finally worked out in the 89th minute, when Gabe Silveira laced a back-post ball for Lopez’s game-winner.
The victory pulls the Menace into a second-place tie in the Heartland Division standings, alongside Springfield (4-2-2), as these teams prepare for a Thursday-night showdown in Missouri. Thunder Bay (5-1-0, 15 points) sits atop the division after a pair of 3-0 wins over St. Louis the last two nights.
With one more win, Calloway will become the franchise’s all-time winningest coach. For the moment, he’s tied with Casey Mann, who guided the Menace to a 48-19-13 record from 2005 to 2009. Calloway is 48-17-12 in his fifth season in Des Moines (2001-02 and 2010-present).
“It’s nice to be recognized,” Calloway said. “I personally don’t think about those things. It’s nice to be tied with Casey. Now, I want to put the record out of reach.”
MR. B MAN of the MATCH goes to: Lopez, a native of Grenada, Spain, who prepares for his sophomore season at Marshalltown Community College. The six-foot-five Lopez becomes the fifth Menace player to turn in a multi-goal performance this season, joining Husref Jupic (hat trick), Lebogang Moloto, Luis Piffer and Jordan Schmoker.
MENACE WOMEN ROUT ON THE ROAD: The Des Moines Menace women raced to an 8-1 win at FC Indiana (South Bend) this afternoon at Indiana Invaders Complex.
Improving to 3-0-0 in Women’s League Soccer, the Menace scored three goals in the first 12 minutes and never looked back. Iowa State’s Brittany Morgan, the team’s top scorer, led the way with two goals and two assists. Upper Iowa’s Jill Schechinger also scored a pair.
The other Des Moines goals came from Jessica Stewart, Carlan Samuelson, Jennifer Dominguez and Kali Loescher. FC Indiana wiped out the clean sheet in the 87th minute.
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 gets a second shot at Springfield (Mo.) on Thursday (June 14) at Cooper Complex. The game is set for a 7:30 p.m. start.
Des Moines hosts Colorado Select on June 16 on Blackout Night, presented by Chase Suite Hotel. Fans wearing black receive $5 tickets.
Match: Kansas City Brass at Des Moines Menace
Date: Saturday, June 9, 2012
Competition: Premier Development League Heartland Division regular-season match
Venue: Valley Stadium
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CDT
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 2 2
KC 1 0 1
MENACE – Javi Lopez (Taylor Diem) 67:00; Lopez (Gabe Silveira) 89:00
KC – Matt McDevitt (Troy Green) 39:00
Stats Summary: MENACE / KC
Shots: 36 / 7
Saves: 0 / 7
Corner Kicks: 8 / 2
Fouls: 6 / 12
Offside: 2 / 1
Misconduct Summary: KC Yellow Card: Fabio Priore 34:00
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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