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Menace stays alive with 4-1 win

Charlie Bales (left) got his first Menace points, with a goal and an assist in the first half of a must-win match.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, June 30, 2012 – Charlie Bales, Jonathan Martinez and Kasy Kiarash scored their first goals with the Des Moines Menace, en route to a 4-1 rout of the Springfield Demize tonight at Valley Stadium.

Logan McDaniel, the team’s points leader, scored his third goal of the season, and the Menace (6-5-2, 20 points) passed the Demize (5-5-4) in the Premier Development League’s Heartland Division standings.

“This is definitely going to lift the team’s spirits,” said Menace assistant coach Neathan Gibson. “Brilliant –This is just what we need.”

It certainly was a much-needed win for the Menace, which stays in contention for the division’s second and final place in the PDL playoffs. Entering the final two weeks of the season, Thunder Bay (9-1-0) and Real Colorado (7-3-4) are ahead of Des Moines, which hosts a critical Friday-Saturday doubleheader against the frontrunner next weekend.

Head coach Laurie Calloway penned Bales as a starting forward for the first time tonight. The defender from Western Illinois delivered. He cleaned up a rebound in the 12th minute, finishing after Jubril Lawal’s shot hammered off the corner post.

“I said I was waiting to score my first Menace goal,” said Bales who gave the crowd of 3,925 a show with a celebratory backflip on the near sideline. “It felt good to finally get it.”

Bales assisted McDaniel in the 34th minute, giving the Menace a 2-0 lead and providing McDaniel with his 10th and 11th points of the season.

Martinez and Kiarash, both products of Graceland University, rounded out the Menace’s scoring. Their goals came in the 80th and 90th minutes, sandwiching an own goal that was credited to Springfield’s Eric Martin.

Jonny Macadam swung a corner kick to the backpost for Martinez’s goalkeeper-freezing header. Kiarash scored in stoppage time, assisted by Dakota Collins. Kiarash and Collins made the most of their Menace debuts; Martinez, who had seen only one minute of action before tonight, played the full match.

“Everybody’s got to play their part,” Gibson said. “Finally, they’re stepping up, showing their killer instinct.”

“Scoring four goals is a huge confidence boost. I hope it carries through to next week,” Bales said. “We know we need to score goals against Thunder Bay. This is huge.”

Des Moines has won all four home matches since going 0-1-1 in an opening-weekend doubleheader with Real Colorado. The Menace is 2-4-1 on the road, including a pair of losses last weekend at Thunder Bay.

MR. B MAN of the MATCH goes to: Bales, the “Player Spotlight” this week on Bales, a Cedar Rapids native, is a junior-to-be at Western Illinois. He has made four appearances this season, after playing in eight matches a year ago for the Menace.

UP NEXT: The Menace hosts the arch-rival Thunder Bay Chill for a pair of 7:30 p.m. matches on Friday and Saturday (July 6-7). The matches are presented by Kum & Go and Mars. The team closes the home schedule with an exhibition on July 14 against pro side Minnesota Stars FC, with fireworks on Fan Appreciation Night. Des Moines wraps up the season the next day at St. Louis.

MENACE WOMEN KEEP ROLLING: With goals from a trio of Iowa State Cyclones, the first-place Menace women defeated the Cincy Lady Saints 3-0 in a Women’s League Soccer match that came before tonight’s PDL match.

Jessica Stewart, Jordan Bishop and Jennifer Dominguez scored in the 38th, 50th and 59th minutes, helping Des Moines run its mark to 4-0-0. Halfway through their inaugural season, the women will be at home the next two Saturdays, hosting FC Indiana (Lafayette) on July 7 and Ft. Wayne Sports Club on July 14 for a pair of 4:30 matches.

Cincy (3-2-0) hosts Des Moines on July 21. The Menace, which has outscored foes 17-2, finishes the season the next day in Ft. Wayne.

Match: Des Moines Menace vs. Springfield Demize
Date: Saturday, June 30, 2012
Competition: Premier Development League Heartland Division regular-season match
Venue: Valley Stadium in West Des Moines, Iowa
Attendance: 3,925
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 90s, hot and humid

Scoring Summary:     1   2     F
MENACE                      2   2    4
SPR                             0   1    1         

MENACE – Charlie Bales (Jubril Lawal) 12:00; Logan McDaniel (Bales) 34:00; Jonathan Martinez (Jonny Macadam) 80:00; Kasy Kiarash (Dakota Collins) 90:00

SPR – Eric Martin (own goal) 85:00

Stats Summary: MENACE / SPR
Shots: 24 / 10
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 6 / 1
Fouls: 8 / 6
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary: Springfield Cautions: Jared Clark 9:00; Israel Becerra 52:00

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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