Alex Lopez (right) notched his first goal with the Menace, getting the scoring started in the season-ending win.
ST. PETERS, Mo. – Sunday, July 15, 2012 – Finishing the season on a high note, the Des Moines Menace tallied two goals in each half of a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Lions today at Tony Glavin Complex.
Alex Lopez, Brandon Fricke, Logan McDaniel and Charlie Bales found the net for Des Moines, which ends the Premier Development League slate at 8-5-3.
The Menace barely missed the franchise’s 12th trip to the PDL playoffs. By a single point, Real Colorado (8-4-4, 28 points) edged Des Moines for the Heartland Division’s second and final postseason spot. As a consolation, the Menace settles for a likely berth in the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. If the current format (with the division’s top two American sides qualifying) continues next year, Des Moines will make its fourth straight – and eighth overall – trip to the national tournament.
“You could see they’re coming together,” Menace head coach Laurie Calloway said of his players. “Tremendous team spirit. Unfortunately, it’s too late. We’re happy with the guys but sad that we couldn’t go further.”
With their first Menace goals, Lopez and Fricke spotted the visitors a two-score lead at the half.
McDaniel, the team’s leader in goals (six) and assists (six), set up Fricke’s diving header, and he bumped the lead to three when he scored in the 62nd minute. Bales, who assisted McDaniel, closed the scoring in the 80th minute, with Fricke getting his first assist in three seasons with the Menace.
Jamie Lovegrove made good on a penalty kick in the 76th minute – keeping the Menace from the team’s second shutout of the PDL season. Lovegrove is the points leader (10) for St. Louis, which finishes in last place in the seven-team Heartland Division, at 3-11-2.
Des Moines posted a 30-22 goal differential – second in the division to only Thunder Bay (13-2-1), which outscored foes 41-10. Real Colorado finished just ahead of the Menace, despite finishing even with opponents (19-19) in aggregate scoring.
The Menace overcame a slow start to contend for a playoff spot. Ultimately, a trio of one-goal losses kept Des Moines out of the postseason.
“We shot ourselves in the foot in the first league games,” Calloway said, referring to 1-0 losses to Real Colorado and Springfield in the opening week and a 2-1 road setback to St. Louis on Memorial Day weekend.
Still, the veteran coach spoke fondly of his team members, who pulled together to finish the season on their second four-match unbeaten streak of 2012.
“I’m very proud of the players,” Calloway said. “They did their best and tried their hardest to the end.”
MR. B MAN of the MATCH goes to: Brandon Fricke, a Grimes native who prepares for his junior year at Butler, who collected his first PDL goal and first PDL assist in the same match.
Match: Des Moines Menace vs. St. Louis Lions
Date: Sunday, July 15, 2012
Competition: Premier Development League Heartland Division regular-season match
Venue: Tony Glavin Complex in St. Peters, Mo.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 90s, hot and humid
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 2 2 4
StL 0 1 1
MENACE – Alex Lopez (Luis Piffer) 14:00; Brandon Fricke (Logan McDaniel) 36:00; McDaniel (Charlie Bales) 62:00; Bales (Fricke) 80:00
StL – Jamie Lovegrove (PK) 76:00
Misconduct Summary: MENACE Cautions: Javi Lopez 2:00; Taylor Diem 69:00; Lebogang Moloto 90:00; StL Cautions: John-Gerard Williams 19:00; Jamie Lovegrove 20:00; Jai Maw 25:00; Bryce Childers 69:00; Maw (second) 73:00
Des Moines Menace 2012 PDL Results
(8-5-3 PDL: 5-1-2 at home and 3-4-1 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, 0-2
Sunday, July 15 at St. Louis Lions W, 4-1
^ = round of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
# = exhibition
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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