The Menace clinched the Women's League Soccer title, with three of the goals coming from Jennifer Dominguez.
WAUKEE, Iowa – Sunday, July 15, 2012 – Beyond the shadow of a doubt, the Des Moines Menace is the 2012 champion of Women’s League Soccer.
In convincing fashion, the inaugural Menace secured the WLS crown with an 8-1 rout of FC Indiana (South Bend), today at Teamwork Acres.
Jennifer Dominguez collected the team’s first hat trick, and Maggie Kukuk scored a goal and assisted three more, as Des Moines closed its home schedule in style. The Menace (6-0-0) has earned the outright title with two matches remaining. Without a postseason, the five-team league determines its champion based on record.
“It’s one of the goals we set,” said Menace head coach Kevin Schalk. “It keeps them motivated. Now we’re just trying to finish out the rest of the way with no losses.”
Des Moines has outscored foes 33-3. The domination is highlighted by a staggering 23-1 goal differential at home.
“It just shows the quality of the players we do have,” Schalk said. “We’re at a different level (than the rest of the league). It sets the standard for years to come.”
Dominguez, one of five Iowa State Cyclones to notch a point today, posted 10 points this weekend. She scored the opening goal and assisted the next two in an 8-0 win over Fort Wayne yesterday at Valley Stadium.
This time around, Dominguez got the Menace on the board in the fourth minute. She added goals in the 43rd and 55th minutes.
“It’s a great way to solidify the home season in Des Moines,” Dominguez said. “It was really nice playing in front of such supportive people. It’s been a really great experience.”
Fellow Cyclones Brittany Morgan (goal), Jordan Bishop (goal and assist), Jessica Stewart (two assists) and Emily Goldstein also got in the scoring summary. Dominguez and Morgan share the team lead with six goals apiece.
Kukuk, a graduate of Morningside College, built upon a 5-0 halftime lead when she converted a penalty kick in the 50th minute. It was her first goal since scoring the first two goals in team history, on May 19.
The WLS champions finish the season with two road matches next weekend. They’ll do it without Kukuk, who has a good excuse for not travelling with the team: she is getting married on Saturday (July 21; fiancé: Brandon Wylie).
Today’s result matches the score of the Menace’s June 9 match in South Bend. The match, originally set for July 7 at Valley Stadium, was re-scheduled to accommodate the visitors’ request.
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.
Match: Des Moines Menace vs. FC Indiana (South Bend)
Date: Sunday, July 15, 2012
Competition: Women’s League Soccer regular-season match
Venue: Teamwork Acres
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 90s, hot and breezy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 5 3 8
FCISB 0 1 1
MENACE – Jennifer Dominguez (Maggie Kukuk) 4:00; Tori VonMende 8:00; Brittany Morgan (Kukuk) 14:00; Jordan Bishop (Jessica Stewart) 19:00; Dominguez (Bishop) 43:00; Kukuk (PK) 50:00; Dominguez (Stewart) 55:00; Emily Goldstein (Kukuk) 86:00
FCISB: Darlene Beauciquot 58:00
Des Moines Menace WLS 2012 Schedule
(6-0-0; 4-0-0 at home, 2-0-0 on the road)
Saturday, May 19 FC Indiana (Lafayette) W, 4-0
Saturday, June 2 at FC Indiana (Lafayette) W, 2-1
Saturday, June 9 at FC Indiana (South Bend) W, 8-1
Saturday, June 30 Cincy Lady Saints W, 3-0
Saturday, July 14 Fort Wayne Sport Club W, 8-0
Saturday, July 15 FC Indiana (South Bend) W, 8-1
Saturday, July 21 at Cincy Lady Saints 4 p.m. at Withrow High School
Sunday, July 22 at Fort Wayne Sport Club 4 p.m. at 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.
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