SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Saturday, May 11, 2013 – The 20th season of Des Moines Menace soccer opened with a 1-1 draw against the Springfield Demize tonight at Cooper Complex.
David Santamaria’s volley goal spotted the Menace a halftime lead in the Premier Development League season opener for both sides. Springfield salvaged a tie – the first in 14 meetings between these Heartland Division foes – on a late strike by Mark Heath-Preston.
“The game started like a first game of the season,” said Mike Jeffries, who made his debut tonight as the Menace’s head coach. “Once we settled down, we did well. We moved the ball around, created a ton of chances. We should have gone into halftime up three or four goals, at least two.
“We feel like we left two points we should have had.”
Putting the disappointing result behind them, Jeffries and company prepare for a busy week at home, starting Wednesday (May 15) with a match in the first round of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, against Madison (National Premier Soccer League). The home schedule continues next Saturday (May 18) against league opponent WSA Winnipeg.
“We’ll recover a little bit on Monday and then put our focus on Madison and advancing in the Open Cup. We don’t have too much time to dwell on tonight, just have to keep moving forward. We’ll continue to work in front of the goal, trying to get more clinical. We need to be a little more savvy in how we control the game situation.”
Both of tonight’s goals came immediately after Menace corner kicks – the visitors earned a 13-4 advantage in this category.
In the 29th minute, the ball reached the back post after a corner by Shadow Sebele. Jimmy Tulloch headed it to Taylor Diem, who headed it across the box. Santamaria took it off a bounce and knocked it in from six yards out. Unfortunately, the visitors were not able to build on this lead.
With the Menace seemingly in control of the match, Springfield countered a Menace corner kick in the 83rd minute, and Heath-Preston’s equalizer finished the attack.
Des Moines leads the teams’ all-time series, 12-1-1. A year ago (May 9, 2012) on this field, Springfield humbled Des Moines with a 1-0 win that dropped the Menace’s early-season record to 0-2-1.
MAN of the MATCH, presented by Seneca Companies, goes to: Goalkeeper Scott Angevine, who kept the Menace in tonight’s match, making five saves. The Kansas City, Kan., native spent time with three Major League Soccer teams last season.
UP NEXT: The Menace opens its home schedule with two games in four days, starting Wednesday (May 15) against the Madison 56ers in the first round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The team gets back into PDL action on Saturday (May 18), when the first 300 fans will receive magnet schedules. Both matches start at 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium; Saturday’s match is preceded by the Menace women’s team’s home opener, at 4:30 p.m., against WSA Winnipeg.
Match: Des Moines Menace at Springfield Demize
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Competition: Premier Development League Heartland Division regular-season match
Venue: Cooper Complex (turf) in Springfield, Mo.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CDT
Weather: 60s and sunny with a 20-mile-per-hour wind
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 1 0 1
SPR 0 1 1
MENACE – David Santamaria (Taylor Diem) 29:00
SPR – Mark Heath-Preston 83:00
Stats Summary: MENACE / SPR
Shots: 6 / 6
Saves: 5 / 5
Corner Kicks: 13 / 4
Fouls: 11 / 13
Offside: 8 / 2
Misconduct Summary: no cautions or ejections
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In 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 enters the Women’s Premier Soccer League in 2013, after debuting as the Women’s League Soccer 2012 champions. 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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