Chris Harmon (7) scored in the third minute and assisted Karl Chester in the 11th.
WINNIPEG, Canada – Thursday, May 30, 2013 – With an early scoring outburst, the Des Moines Menace soundly defeated WSA Winnipeg, 4-1, tonight at Winnipeg Outdoor Soccer Complex.
Chris Harmon, Brandon Fricke and Karl Chester found the back of the net in the opening 11 minutes, setting the course for the Menace’s first win in three Premier Development League road matches. Des Moines moves on to Thunder Bay, for a Saturday-night bout with the rival Chill.
“We were able to get off to a fast start, and that made the game easier,” Menace head coach Mike Jeffries said. “In the second half, we did a good job closing it out. I thought the guys did a great job.”
In tonight’s first five minutes, Des Moines (2-1-1 PDL; 2-1-0 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup) accomplished something the team had not done in any of its previous six outings: the Menace scored more than once.
Harmon struck in the third minute, cleaning up after Chester’s shot deflected off goalkeeper Tyson Farago’s hands. Just two minutes later, Fricke headed in a corner kick from Michael Thaden.
Harmon set up a score in the 11th minute, drawing the ‘keeper and playing the ball to Chester, who was open at the penalty-kick mark. Chester one-touched the ball into the lower right corner, and the Menace was off to the races with a three-goal lead.
“We were able push the tempo of the game,” Jeffries said. “It was nice for us to get on the ball a little bit, to move, to attack, to get forward.”
WSA Winnipeg (0-4-0) cut into the lead in the 65th minute, on a goal from Ali Musse. It was the only time the home team got one past Menace goalkeeper Mark Pais, who delivered a series of acrobatic saves in his first win of the season.
The Menace made up the margin in the 86th minute, when Albert Edward assisted Husref Jupic, who headed in a goal to close the scoring.
The Menace, which defeated Winnipeg, 1-0, at home on May 18, is undefeated against the third-year club from Manitoba. Des Moines leads the series 7-0-1, with a 24-8 goal differential. This marks the fourth occasion the Menace has scored four goals against Winnipeg.
Jeffries and his team know Saturday’s match presents a bigger challenge. Thunder Bay, the champion of the PDL Heartland Division for five of the last six years, is 5-0-1 in home matches with Des Moines since the Menace’s 2009 division-championship season.
“It’s going to be a very different game in Thunder Bay. I think we’ll just have to be prepared,” Jeffries said. “Getting a result tonight certainly helps with our confidence.”
MAN of the MATCH, presented by Seneca Companies, goes to: Chris Harmon, who collected his first goal and his first assist with the Menace. As a senior in 2012, the Downington, Penn., native scored nine goals and assisted six more for Old Dominion. He was an all-region first team selection.
UP NEXT: The Menace takes on arch-rival Thunder Bay on Saturday. The team’s third match in five days will kick off at Chapples Park at 6:30 p.m. central time (7:30 local). Des Moines closes a streak of six straight road matches when the team heads to Atchison, Kan., on June 5 to face the Kansas City Brass.
Des Moines’ next home match is Saturday, June 8 against Springfield on Youth Soccer Night.
Match: Des Moines Menace at WSA Winnipeg
Date: Thursday, May 30, 2013
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Winnipeg Outdoor Soccer Complex in Winnipeg, Man.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CDT
Weather: 50s and cloudy, rainy and windy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 3 1 4
WSA 0 1 1
MENACE – Chris Harmon 3:00; Brandon Fricke (Michael Thaden) 5:00; Karl Chester (Harmon) 11:00; Husref Jupic (Albert Edward) 86:00
WSA – Ali Musse 65:00
Stats Summary: MENACE / WSA
Shots: 15 / 11
Saves: 4 / 9
Corner Kicks: 7 / 4
Fouls: 14 / 10
Offside: 1 / 1
Misconduct Summary: MENACE cautions: Chris Harmon 21:00; Jamie Vollmer 39:00; WSA caution: Ryan Ramjiawan 61:00
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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