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Menace women in it, to win it


WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, July 13, 2012 – With a pair of wins to close out the home schedule, the Des Moines Menace can clinch the Women’s League Soccer championship this weekend.

The undefeated Menace women play Saturday at Valley Stadium and Sunday at Teamwork Acres in Waukee. Both matches start at 4:30 p.m.

Des Moines (4-0-0) squares off with Fort Wayne Sport Club (1-3-1) on Saturday, ahead of a 7:30 p.m. exhibition between the Menace’s Premier Development League side and defending North American Soccer league champion Minnesota Stars FC.

The Menace women host FC Indiana (South Bend) (2-1-2) on Sunday in a match that was originally scheduled for July 7 at Valley Stadium.

Related link: Announcement with directions to Teamwork Acres.

Happy with how things are shaping up around the league, the Menace is enjoying some success when it comes to attacking. Led by Brittany Morgan’s team-high four goals, the Menace has 10 different goal scorers. Putting the ball in the net 17 times in just four matches, head coach Kevin Schalk’s team wields an aggression in the attacking third.

“I love it, Kevin loves that Dutch style of play,” said Menace defender Shay Eskridge. “It really catches teams off guard to attack like that.”

Overwhelming teams by attacking a multitude of ways is the vision Schalk has for the team. His way of overcoming a scouting report is for any player to be able to be dangerous at any time.

How does Schalk describe the Menace’s style of play?

“Possession and attacking. We don’t cough up the ball, we send runners forward and we take advantage of our opportunities.”

While the team has been getting it done on the offensive end, Kira Lazenby has helped the team hold opponents to just two goals. Lazenby is thankful of the team’s offensive success.

“I love the attacking style that we have,” said Lazenby. “We beat teams so much that they’re down on themselves and they can’t attack.”

The team posts a low shots-faced stat which the goalkeeper feels is a product of the team’s willingness to work hard for one another.

“Everyone on the team is a defender,” said Lazenby. “We help each other and it’s good to see.”

As the team enters the back half of its season, first place is getting closer and closer. While every other team in the league has just three matches left, the Menace women are in sole possession of first place with four games remaining.

A 2-1 stoppage-time win at FC Indiana (Lafayette) and a 3-0 home win over the current second place Cincy Lady Saints are games that have propelled the Menace to its first place post.  Four of the team’s five goals in these matches were scored by current or former Iowa State players.

“Once we announced the team I reached out to all the local schools and set up visits,” said Schalk. “We got the bulk of our girls from Upper Iowa and Iowa State.”

Morgan, a Cyclone senior-to-be, notched the stoppage time goal on June 2 that pushed the Menace past FC Indiana (Lafayette). Goals from Jessica Stewart, Jordan Bishop and Jennifer Dominguez on June 30 lifted the Menace over the Cincy Lady Saints keeping its first place slot.

SCOUTING FORT WAYNE SPORT CLUB: In the WLS’s inaugural season (2011) Fort Wayne took the title, giving up just one loss. Entering the match on Saturday, Fort Wayne is currently in fourth place of the five-team league.

Returning only six girls from last year’s team, the program had some rebuilding to do. After a rocky start to the season, Fort Wayne’s first win came on June 9, in a 2-1 contest with the Cincy Lady Saints.

SCOUTING FC INDIANA (SOUTH BEND): FC Indiana currently holds third place, with their only loss coming from the Menace. Des Moines scorched FC Indiana, 8-1, on June 9.

WEEKEND PROMOTIONS: On Saturday, wear a red shirt and get into the match for just $5 while helping the Menace paint the stadium red. Fans in attendance to Saturday’s match are also invited to stay for the Menace men’s team that plays at 7:30 p.m. for no additional charge. Fireworks cap off Fan Appreciation Night. Both games are presented by Frito-Lay.

Fans making the drive to Teamwork Acres support the Menace women will be rewarded with $3 tickets at the gate. Follow this
link for more information regarding directions and parking.

UP NEXT: The Menace women hit the road for their two final matches of the season. On July 21 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the women are set for a rematch with the Cincy Lady Saints at Withrow High School starting at 4 p.m. The following day, the team closes its season in Fort Wayne, Indiana at Jim Kelley Stadium, starting at 4 p.m.

Des Moines Menace WLS 2012 Schedule
Saturday, May 19       4:30 p.m.         FC Indiana (Lafayette)          W, 4-0
Saturday, June 2         4 p.m.              at FC Indiana (Lafayette)        W, 2-1
Saturday, June 9         4 p.m.              at FC Indiana (South Bend)    W, 8-1
Saturday, June 30     4:30 p.m.         Cincy Saints Ladies              W, 3-0
Saturday, July 14       4:30 p.m.         Fort Wayne Sport Club        Valley Stadium
Saturday, July 15       4:30 p.m.         FC Indiana (South Bend)     Teamwork Acres
Saturday, July 21        4 p.m.              at Cincy Saints Ladies            Withrow High School
Sunday, July 22           4 p.m.              at Ft. Wayne Sport Club         Jim Kelley Stadium

ABOUT THE MENACE WOMEN: In its inaugural season in the Women’s League Soccer (WLS), the Des Moines Menace women provide the highest level of competition in Iowa competing in a five team league that started in 2011. The Menace women will play four home matches with a 4:30 p.m. kickoff time and a Menace men’s match to follow at 7:30 p.m. On these double header weekends fans will have the opportunity to get two games for the price of one.  In its 19th season as Iowa’s Premier Soccer Team, the Des Moines Menace competes in the 73-team Premier Development League (PDL), the highest amateur level of the United Soccer Leagues (USL). Both Menace teams play their home matches in a fun, family-friendly environment at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines.

The organization promotes healthy lifestyles through its popular youth programs, including the Menace Academy (select soccer for ages 9-19), camps, clinics and tournaments.

Adam Small  
Phone: (515) 457-6365   

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