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Menace heads home empty-handed

THUNDER BAY, Canada – Saturday, June 23, 2012 –  For teams visiting Chapples Park, wins – and goals – are tough to come by. Just ask the Des Moines Menace.

The Thunder Bay Chill continued its home dominance tonight by shutting out the short-handed Menace, 3-0, one night after taking the first half of this Premier Development League doubleheader, 3-1.

Riding a seven-match winning streak, the Chill (9-1-0) has won all six home matches this season. The Heartland Division frontrunners have outscored foes 27-3, including a staggering 18-1 advantage at Chapples Park. Since 2009, Thunder Bay is 5-0-1 here against the Menace, holding a 19-4 edge in these matches.

All of the Chill’s goals tonight came with a man advantage. Menace defender Jack Pearson was ejected in the 57th minute, with his second caution coming when he disputed a hand-ball ruling. Thunder Bay capitalized, with goals from Juan Velez, Fernando Alvarez and Jose Altiminaro.

“It was a frustrating outcome, because the way the second half started, I thought we were in control of the game,” Menace head coach Laurie Calloway said. “We shoot ourselves in the foot time and time again. The biggest issue for us – it has been for us all season – is we haven’t been scoring goals like we need to.”

With a mark of 5-5-2, the Menace heads down the season’s home stretch fighting to stay in the hunt for the division’s second and final spot in the PDL playoffs. Des Moines is right behind Real Colorado (5-3-4, 19 points) and Springfield (5-4-3, 18 points – one ahead of the Menace).

Fortunately for Calloway’s crew, they play three of their final four PDL matches at Valley Stadium, where they hold a 3-1-1 mark. The Menace hosts Springfield next Saturday (June 30), followed by a July 6-7 doubleheader against Thunder Bay.

“We still have a chance to get second place,” said Calloway. “It means a lot to be back at home, with our full squad. We’ll see how the guys respond.”

MR. B MAN of the MATCH goes to: Logan McDaniel for the third time this season. He took charge tonight, playing three positions. A 2012 Major League Supplemental Draft Pick (Portland, 65th overall), McDaniel leads the team with nine points (two goals and five assists).

UP NEXT: The Menace 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.

The Menace women (3-0-0 Women’s League Soccer) take on the Cincy Saints at 4:30 on Saturday. The doubleheader – two games for the price of one – is presented by Powerade and VitaminWater.

Match: Menace at Thunder Bay Chill
Date: Saturday, July 23, 2012
Competition: Premier Development League Heartland Division regular-season match
Venue: Chapples Park in Thunder Bay, Ontario
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. EDT
Weather: 70s, cloudy

Scoring Summary:     1   2     F
MENACE                      0   0    0
TB                                0   3    3         
TB – Juan Velez 61:00; Fernando Alvarez (Zetroy Robertson) 73:00; Jose Altimirano (Samuel McCrillis) 89:00
Stats Summary: MENACE / TB
Shots: 5 / 12
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 2
Fouls: 8 / 16
Offside: 1 / 2
Misconduct Summary: Menace Cautions: Jack Pearson 20:00; Pearson 57:00; Gary McColl 74:00; Logan McDaniel 79:00; Thunder Bay Cautions: Jordian Farahani 28:00

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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