THUNDER BAY, Canada – Friday, June 22, 2012 – Behind Sullivan Silva’s sixth and seventh goals of the Premier Development League season, the Thunder Bay Chill defeated the Des Moines Menace, 3-1, tonight at Chapples Park.
Silva found the back of the net in the 19th and 52nd minutes, and teammate Jordian Farahani iced the match with a deflected goal in the 87th minute. Thunder Bay (8-1-0), which has outscored foes 24-3, appears poised for its fifth Heartland Division title in six seasons.
The Menace (5-4-2) nearly overcame a two-goal deficit, scoring in the 66th minute and creating several late opportunities.
A rare goalkeeper assist allowed Jordan Schmoker to pull the visitors within a goal. Menace goalie Jhojan Obando’s clearance skipped on the wet grass, bouncing past the Chill defense and connecting with Schmoker in stride. He chipped the ball into the bottom-right corner for his third goal – all coming in Canada, after he scored twice in the final 10 minutes of a 4-1 win in Winnipeg three weeks ago.
“I thought it was a pretty even game,” Menace head coach Laurie Calloway said. “We made two mistakes defensively. The last 15, 20 minutes, we pretty much played in their half. We had quite a lot of chances."
Despite a few close calls, none of those chances turned into Menace goals.
“It’s frustrating, because we were as good as they were. On the scoreboard, we’re not,” said Calloway.
After taking its first loss in nearly a month, the Menace looks to get back on track tomorrow night, when these arch-rivals meet again at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Des Moines, which started the season 0-1-2, was undefeated in six of its previous seven matches entering this weekend’s doubleheader.
“We put ourselves in this position at the start of the season,” Calloway said. “We’ve got to pull ourselves out of it, and that’s what we’re trying to do tomorrow night.”
The Menace has won just once in its last nine meetings with Thunder Bay, and faces the Chill in three of its five remaining PDL matches. Tony Colistro’s team visits the Menace for a July 6-7 doubleheader at Valley Stadium.
MR. B MAN of the MATCH goes to:Charlie Bales, a defender whose hard work on offense and defense kept the Menace in the match. Bales, a Cedar Rapids native who plays for Western Illinois, attempted three of the Menace’s eight shots.
UP NEXT: The Menace looks to split the doubleheader tomorrow and stay in the thick of the race for one of the division’s two playoff spots.
The team is back at Valley Stadium next Saturday (June 30) for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff with the Springfield Demize. The teams try to settle the season series, after splitting 1-0 decisions in Missouri.
Prior to the men’s match is the Menace women’s second home game. The Menace women (3-0-0) take on the Cincy Saints at 4:30. The doubleheader – two games for the price of one – is presented by Powerade and VitaminWater.
Match: Menace at Thunder Bay Chill
Date: Friday, June 22, 2012
Competition: Premier Development League Heartland Division regular-season match
Venue: Chapples Park in Thunder Bay, Ontario
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. EDT
Weather: 60s, rainy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 1 1
TB 1 2 3
MENACE – Jordan Schmoker (Jhojan Obando) 66:00
TB – Sullivan Silva 19:00; Silva 52:00; Jordian Farahani 87:00
Stats Summary: MENACE / TB
Shots: 8 / 9
Saves: 2 / 5
Corner Kicks: 5 / 4
Fouls: 12 / 6
Offside: 2 / 3
Misconduct Summary: Menace Cautions: Brandon Fricke 52:00; Alex Lopez 77:00; Thunder Bay Cautions: Jordian Farahani 72:00
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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