Brittany Morgan (7), Jessica Stewart and Whitney Sharpe (17) celebrate a 2012 goal as Jill Schechinger (far left) looks on.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Wednesday, March 13, 2013 – The Des Moines Menace women will play a June-heavy home schedule in 2013.
In its first Women’s Premier Soccer League season, the Menace plays all four of its regular-season home matches in three consecutive weekends, starting Saturday, June 8 and concluding Saturday, June 22. Des Moines opens with an exhibition against WSA Winnipeg on Saturday, May 18.
The Menace women’s home matches start at 4:30 p.m. With the exception of one match, the team will play its home action on Saturdays at Valley Stadium, as part of doubleheaders to be capped off by 7:30 p.m. matches for the Menace’s Premier Development League (men’s) team. The women will play Sunday, June 9 at Teamwork Acres (15455 University Avenue in West Des Moines).
Head coach Kevin Schalk’s squad is part of the WPSL’s Midwest Division, playing a home-and-home schedule with teams from Kansas City (Kan.), Madison, the Quad Cities (Bettendorf, Iowa) and St. Louis.
With more than 70 teams, the WPSL is the largest national women’s soccer league in the world.It features 11 regional divisions, with a national champion determined in a postseason. Divisional playoffs are set for July 13-14. Quarterfinals (July 20) and semifinals (July 26) lead up to a July 28 championship.
The Des Moines women made a splash in their inaugural season, claiming the Women’s League Soccer title with a 7-1 record and outscoring the competition 41-5 (including a 23-1 advantage at home).
“We are excited for the challenge that the WPSL presents in 2013,” said Menace general manager Matt Homonoff. “Based upon the success of our inaugural campaign in 2012 and the great support our women’s team has received since its inception last spring, the Menace clearly needed to compete against a higher level of competition.”
Two games for the price of one
For the four home doubleheaders (May 18, June 8, June 15 and June 22), one ticket gets you into both matches, with the women’s 4:30 p.m. matches coming three hours before the men’s action. Single-game tickets are $7 for youth ages 5-18 (changed this year from ages 4-12); Adult tickets are $9, and children ages 4 and younger get in free.
“We strongly believe that receiving admission to two games for the price of one enhances our reputation as one of the best values for live, family-friendly entertainment in the region,” Homonoff said. “We hope to see many of our fans cheering on these great players beginning May 18.”
The team’s multi-ticket packages offer even more value in 2013. While adult season tickets stay at $80, the price for youth season tickets has dropped from $45 to $20. Starting this season, youth pricing (previously for ages 4-12) is for ages 5-18. Flex packs offer five tickets for $30, a change from $45 for six tickets during previous seasons.
The Menace will have two Open Cup teams in 2013. The women are in the field for the U.S. Open Cup, set for June 25-27 at Overland Park (Kan.) Soccer Complex. The men make their fourth straight appearance – and eighth overall – in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which is in its 100th year.
Des Moines Menace 2013 WPSL Schedule
Saturday, May 18 WSA Winnipeg # 4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, May 25 at St. Louis TBD at Venue to be determined
Sunday, May 26 at Kansas City Shock 7 p.m. at Kansas City
Saturday, June 8 Madison 56ers 4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Sunday, June 9 Kansas City Shock 4:30 p.m. at Teamwork Acres
Saturday, June 15 St. Louis 4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, June 22 Quad City Eagles 4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Tuesday, June 25 U.S. Open Cup TBD at Overland Park Soccer Complex
Wednesday, June 26 U.S. Open Cup TBD at Overland Park Soccer Complex
Thursday, June 27 U.S. Open Cup finals TBD at Overland Park Soccer Complex
Friday, July 5 at Madison 56ers 6 p.m. at Breese Stevens Stadium
Saturday, July 6 at Quad City Eagles 3 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Stadium
All game times are central
# = Exhibition
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. Entering its 20th season, the Menace men’s side competes in the 65-team United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL). The Menace’s women’s team debuted in 2012, winning the Women’s League Soccer championship. 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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