For David Santamaria (pictured) and the Menace, it's on to Tuesday's Open Cup match at Sporting KC. Photo credit: Pat Ward
ST. PETERS, Mo. – Saturday, May 25, 2013 – The shorthanded St. Louis Lions held on for a 1-0 Premier Development League victory over the Des Moines Menace tonight at Tony Glavin Soccer Complex.
Despite finishing the match with only nine players, St. Louis (1-2-0) scratched out a win against a team playing with a shuffled roster in preparation for Tuesday’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match at Sporting KC. Des Moines head coach Mike Jeffries made eight changes to the starting lineup from his squad’s Open Cup win at Minnesota United FC four days ago.
“Disappointing in a lot of ways,” Jeffries said after his first loss with the Menace (1-1-1 PDL). “We didn’t start with the intensity I had hoped for. I think we ended up frustrated when the game didn’t go our way. As the game wore on, we didn’t show enough composure.”
The Lions’ score came in the 29th minute. Dean Lovegrove sent a free kick to the center of the goal. As Menace goalkeeper Mark Pais came out to clear the ball, Johan Sundberg beat him to it and sent a header over the outreached hands of Pais, a St. Louis native making his Menace debut.
St. Louis went shorthanded in the 64th minute, when Yannick Noumbi received his second yellow card. Des Moines captured a two-man advantage twenty minutes later, when Steven Smith received a red card.
For the second straight year, St. Louis eked out a close one against Des Moines on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. The Lions’ 2-1 win here on May 26, 2012 is their only other non-loss in these rivals’ last seven meetings.
“We have to put tonight behind us pretty quickly. We have to take the lessons from tonight,” Jeffries said. “We ran into a team that showed great intensity was very motivated. We certainly can’t dwell on this. I think we take a slightly different group to Kansas City and hope to carry the confidence from our win at Minnesota.”
Five matches into the season, Jeffries’ side has yet to play a match in which either team scores more than once. After opening with a 1-1 draw at Springfield on May 11, the team has played in four straight 1-0 finishes.
The Menace entered tonight riding a string of three straight one-goal wins, including two in the Open Cup. This was the second of six straight road matches for Des Moines, which braces itself for three more in the span of five days. After Tuesday’s highly anticipated opportunity at Sporting KC, the team makes tracks to Canada, facing PDL foes WSA Winnipeg (Thursday) and Thunder Bay (Saturday).
Des Moines closes the season by playing seven of its final matches at Valley Stadium, starting with the next home action on June 8 against Springfield.
MAN of the MATCH, presented by Seneca Companies, goes to: Captain Dylan Lax, who played 90 minutes of stingy defense. Lax, a defender from Columbus, Ind., plays for defending national champion Indiana.
UP NEXT: Kansas City, here we come. For the first time since 2006, the Menace gets a shot at a Major League Soccer opponent. Des Moines faces Sporting KC on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in an anticipated Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match. The $200 million Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., is the site of this third-round match – the 18th Open Cup match in Menace history, and the first one in an MLS venue.
The Menace’s next home match is Saturday, June 8 against Springfield on Youth Soccer Night.
Match: Des Moines Menace at St. Louis Lions
Date: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Tony Glavin Soccer Complex (grass field) in St. Peters, Mo.
Kickoff: 5 p.m. CDT
Weather: 50s and rainy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 0 0
StL 1 0 1
StL – Johan Sundberg (Dean Lovegrove) 29:00
Stats Summary: MENACE / StL
Shots: 13 / 6
Saves: 2 / 6
Corner Kicks: 10 / 3
Fouls: 9 / 11
Offside: 10 / 1
Misconduct Summary: MENACE cautions: Nico Wright 12:00; Karl Chester 88:00; StL cautions: Yannick Noumbi 22:00; Noumbi (ejection) 64:00; Josh Ward; Johnny Brown; Steven Smith (ejection) 84:00
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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