Jimmy Tulloch (center) watches his game-winning goal float into the net in the Menace's 1-0 win over Madison in the Open Cup's first round. Photo credit: Pat Ward
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Wednesday, May 15, 2013 – With a chip over the goalkeeper’s head, Jimmy Tulloch lifted the Des Moines Menace to its first home win in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup since 2006.
The Menace got past the Madison 56ers, 1-0, tonight at Valley Stadium, setting up a second-round matchup at pro side Minnesota United F.C. on Tuesday, May 21.
“It feels great to score for the Menace, especially in this tournament that the club takes so much pride in,” Tulloch said.
The Jamaican forward scored in the 50th minute, following an offensive flurry by the home team. The win snaps a streak of futility in home matches in the national tournament; Des Moines lost Open Cup matches on this field in 2010, 2011 and 2012, by a combined 4-0 margin.
On the attack for most of the night, the Menace controlled and moved the ball with ease throughout the middle third of the pitch. Des Moines was unable to find the back of the net in the first half, despite launching five shots on goal and receiving eight corner kicks in the first 45 minutes.
The home team came out with vengeance after halftime, and it paid off just five minutes into the second stanza.
“I’m happy and relieved,” Mike Jeffries said of his first win as the Menace’s head coach. “Credit to the guys. I thought they did a good job maintaining their composure, pushing in the second half and getting the win.”
The victory improves the Menace’s all-time Open Cup mark to 9-7, and it sets up a rematch with Minnesota (North American Soccer League), which knocked Des Moines out of last year’s cup, 2-0.
“I think our mentality and concentration will be top notch (at Minnesota),” said Jeffries. “Most of the guys here want to play professionally. This is a big opportunity to show themselves in a big game.”
In the final match of the 2013 Open Cup’s first round – and the only one decided by a 1-0 count – the Menace becomes the 11th Premier Development League team (out of 16 in the 68-team tournament) to advance to the second round.
Madison, which opened its National Premier Soccer League season on Friday, is the fifth NPSL team to bow out of the first round (with two teams advancing).
With tonight’s dose of confidence, following a season-opening 1-1 draw at Springfield (Mo.) on May 11, the Menace prepares for its PDL home opener this Saturday against WSA Winnipeg.
MAN of the MATCH, presented by Seneca Companies, goes to: Jimmy Tulloch, whose goal caught 56ers goalie Ryan Onwukewe out of position. Tulloch is a native of Kingston, Jamaica who prepares for his senior year at Central Florida.
“Fans can expect a lot of goals from our team this year,” Tulloch said. “We’ve got the speed, the skill, the creativity, a lot of talent. Very exciting to watch.”
UP NEXT: The Menace plays its second home match in four days. Saturday’s match is preceded by the Menace women’s team’s home opener, at 4:30 p.m., also against WSA Winnipeg. The first 300 fans will receive magnet schedules. All PDL home matches start at 7:30.
Match: Madison 56ers at Des Moines Menace
Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Competition: Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup first round
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf field) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 70s and sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 1 1
MAD 0 0 0
MENACE – Jimmy Tulloch 50:00
Stats Summary: MENACE / MAD
Shots: 10 / 5
Saves: 5 / 9
Corner Kicks: 11 / 4
Fouls: 6 / 12
Offside: 4 / 1
Misconduct Summary: MAD: CarlSchneider, 52:00, yellow card; Matt Bolshaw, 71:00, yellow card
Des Moines Menace 2013 PDL Schedule (0-0-1)
Saturday, May 11 at Springfield Demize T, 1-1
Wednesday, May 15 Madison 56ers (OC) W, 1-0
Saturday, May 18 WSA Winnipeg 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Tuesday, May 21 at Minnesota United FC U.S. Open Cup, second round
Saturday, May 25 at St. Louis Lions 5 p.m. at Tony Glavin Soccer Complex
Tuesday, May 28 or Wednesday, May 29 U.S. Open Cup, third round
Thursday, May 30 at WSA Winnipeg 7 p.m. at Winnipeg Indoor Soccer
Saturday, June 1 at Thunder Bay Chill 6:30 p.m. at Chapples Park
Wednesday, June 5 at Kansas City Brass 7 p.m. at Benedictine College
Saturday, June 8 Springfield Demize 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Tuesday, June 11 or Wednesday, June 12 U.S. Open Cup, fourth round
Friday, June 14 Thunder Bay Chill 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, June 15 Thunder Bay Chill 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, June 22 Kansas City Brass 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, June 29 Twin Cities BK (E) 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, July 6 at St. Louis Lions 5 p.m. at Tony Glavin Soccer Complex
Tuesday, July 9 at Kansas City Brass 7 p.m. at Overland Park Soccer Complex
Saturday, July 13 Real Colorado Foxes 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, July 20 St. Louis Lions 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
All game times are central
Tentative games are italicized
OC = Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
E = Exhibition
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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