WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, July 14, 2012 – Different month, same result. Nearly two months after Minnesota Stars FC knocked the Des Moines Menace from the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a 2-0 win, the Stars returned to Valley Stadium and won tonight’s exhibition by an identical count.
In front of a season-high, Fan Appreciation Night crowd of 4,065, the Menace closed the home schedule, with news the team has clinched a spot in the 2013 Open Cup. Des Moines finishes the season tomorrow at St. Louis.
On May 22, the Stars tallied a goal in each half to advance to the national tournament’s third round. They followed suit tonight, with scores coming from Kevin Venegas in first-half stoppage time and from Nate Polak in the 88th minute.
“They’re just a bit more tidy in their fundamentals,” Menace head coach Laurie Calloway said of the defending North American Soccer League champions (7-5-4). “We didn’t have the fire power to get the equalizer.”
Calloway emptied his bench, putting 26 players on the field. They came on in waves, with a new lineup for every 30 minutes. Goalkeeper Jhojan Obando and defenders Brent Kallman and Jack Pearson were the only home-team players to log 90 minutes.
The Menace found out last night that the franchise will make its fourth-straight appearance in the Open Cup, so long as the tournament’s format does not change next year. Des Moines (7-5-3, 24 points in the Premier Development League) has the edge over Kansas City (6-9-1) and Springfield (5-7-4), for the Heartland Division’s second spot. Real Colorado, which joins division champ Thunder Bay (13-2-1) in the PDL playoffs, took the first spot, finishing (8-4-4).
After missing the postseason, Des Moines tries to end the year on a high note. The Menace travels to St. Peters, Mo., for a 5 p.m. match with rival St. Louis. The Lions got the upper hand the last time these teams met, notching a 2-1 home win on May 26, two weeks after losing 4-1 at Valley Stadium.
“Tomorrow’s match is still the emphasis for the weekend,” Calloway said. “We want to finish with a win.”
MR. B MAN of the MATCH goes to: Brent Kallman, who returned to the team to play against his older brother’s team. Brian Kallman, the Stars’ vice-captain, did not make the trip.
Kallman, a senior-to-be at Creighton, provided steady defense from the center backfield. He scored two goals for the Menace in 2012.
UP NEXT: Des Moines wraps up the season tomorrow at St. Louis, playing at Tony Glavin Complex in St. Peters, Mo., at 5 p.m.
Match: Des Moines Menace vs. Minnesota Stars FC
Date: Saturday, July 14, 2012
Venue: Valley Stadium in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 90s, hot and humid
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 0 0
MIN 1 1 2
MIN – Kevin Venegas 45:00; Nate Polak 88:00
Stats Summary: MENACE / MIN
Shots: 6 / 9
Saves: 3 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 4
Fouls: 10 / 10
Offside: 2 / 4
Misconduct Summary: MENACE Cautions: Maksym Kowal 50:00; Jonny Macadam 77:00; Austin Hayden 87:00
Des Moines Menace 2012 PDL Schedule
(7-5-3 PDL: 5-1-2 at home and 2-4-1 on the road)
Friday, May 4 Real Colorado Foxes T, 1-1
Saturday, May 5 Real Colorado Foxes L, 0-1
Wednesday, May 9 at Springfield Demize L, 0-1
Saturday, May 12 St. Louis Lions W, 4-1
Tuesday, May 15 at Milwaukee Bavarians ^ W, 3-1, OT
Friday, May 19 Kansas City Brass W, 3-2
Tuesday, May 22 Minnesota Stars FC ^^ L, 0-2
Saturday, May 26 at St. Louis Lions L, 1-2
Friday, June 1 at WSA Winnipeg W, 4-1
Saturday, June 2 at WSA Winnipeg T, 2-2
Saturday, June 9 Kansas City Brass W, 2-1
Thursday, June 14 at Springfield Demize W, 1-0
Saturday, June 16 Colorado Select # W, 2-0
Friday, June 22 at Thunder Bay Chill L, 1-3
Saturday, June 23 at Thunder Bay Chill L, 0-3
Saturday, June 30 Springfield Demize W, 4-1
Friday, July 6 Thunder Bay Chill W, 2-1
Saturday, July 7 Thunder Bay Chill T, 1-1
Saturday, July 14 Minnesota Stars FC # L, 2-0
Sunday, July 15 at St. Louis Lions 5 p.m. at Tony Glavin Complex
^ = round of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
# = exhibition
All times are Central
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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