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8-0 win caps season for WLS champs

Shay Eskridge (left) started the scoring in what became a season-ending rout.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Sunday, July 22, 2012 – The Women’s League Soccer champion Des Moines Menace punctuated their inaugural season with an 8-0 win over Fort Wayne Sport Club today at Jim Kelley Stadium.

Closing with their fourth eight-goal outburst, the Menace women (7-1-0) rebounded from a 2-0 loss to the Cincy Lady Saints yesterday at Withrow High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Before this weekend, the Menace already had the league title in hand. Without a postseason, the second-year WLS determined its champion based on the records of its five teams.

Des Moines, which posted a 41-5 goal differential, travelled this weekend without co-captains Maggie Kukuk and Jordan Bishop. Menace head coach Kevin Schalk had to juggle the lineup, and he said it showed in the season’s lone loss.

“We had a change of roles, and it threw us off a bit yesterday,” Schalk said. “Everything kind of came back into sync today, though. I thought it was a good finish to the season.

“My goal coming in was 40-plus goals this season,” Schalk continued. “We accomplished that, with goals coming from a lot of people.”

Tori VonMende capped today’s scoring rampage, finding the net in the 78th and 90th minutes, to help the Menace reach and surpass the 40-goal plateau. She was one of seven Menace players who added their name to the scoring column today.

Shay Eskridge and Jennifer Dominguez provided a two-goal halftime lead. The advantage grew and grew in the first 25 minutes of the second half, when Jenna Richins, Jessica Stewart, Carlan Samuelson and Jaci Finley collected goals.

“I’m just pleased overall,” Schalk said. “We had a great core, a great group of people. They believed in my system, and they put in a lot of hard work.”

Match: Des Moines Menace at Fort Wayne Sport Club
Date: Sunday, July 22, 2012
Competition: Women’s League Soccer regular-season match
Venue: Jim Kelley Stadium in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Kickoff: 4 p.m. EDT
Weather: 90s, hot and humid

Scoring Summary:     1   2     F
MENACE                      2   6     8   
FW                               0  0     0         
MENACE – Shay Eskridge (Jessica Stewart) 16:00; Jennifer Dominguez (Kelsey Taldone) 41:00; Jenna Richins (Dominguez and Brittany Morgan) 50:00; Stewart 61:00; Carlan Samuelson 64:00; Jaci Finley (69:00); Tori VonMende (Emily Goldstein) 78:00; VonMende 90:00
 

Match: Des Moines Menace at Cincy Lady Saints
Date: Saturday, July 21, 2012
Competition: Women’s League Soccer regular-season match
Venue: Withrow High School in Cincinnati, Ohio
Kickoff: 4 p.m. EDT
Weather: 90s, hot and humid

Scoring Summary:     1   2     F
MENACE                      0   0     0   
CINCY                         1  1     2         
CINCY – 40:00; 60:00
 

Des Moines Menace WLS 2012 Schedule
(7-1-0; 4-0-0 at home, 3-1-0 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                        L, 0-2
Sunday, July 22         at Fort Wayne Sport Club                W, 8-0
 
 
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.  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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