Taylor Diem (in air) scored his first Menace goal, and he anchored an airtight defense, alongside Brandon Fricke (center) in the first win of the PDL season.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, May 18, 2013 – Taylor Diem’s first goal with the Des Moines Menace was enough to hurdle his team past WSA Winnipeg tonight at Valley Stadium.
The second-year defender headed in the only score of the Menace’s 1-0 win, three days after Des Moines (1-0-1) took a 1-0 victory over Madison in the first round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
In the Menace’s first Premier Development League home action, Diem made the most of an opportunity in the 41st minute. Matching his run up perfectly with a corner kick from Jimmy Tulloch, the Wisconsin native froze WSA Winnipeg goalkeeper Tyson Farago.
“It feels good to get the win, and to hold on in front of a great crowd,” Diem said. “We’re starting to put the pieces together.”
The Menace defense, anchored by Diem and captain Brandon Fricke, put the clamps on the Canadians. Winnipeg managed just three shots, compared to 19 for Des Moines. All three of the visitors’ shots came from at least 25 yards out, and only one was on frame.
Des Moines dictated the pace and style of the match, keeping Winnipeg off balance for the duration of the visitors’ season opener. However, for the third time in three outings, the Menace had to settle for just one score in a match that promised more.
“A tough game. We made it a little harder than we should have,” said Menace head coach Mike Jeffries. “We still need to work harder to get that second goal.
“You always ask guys to step up. I thought Taylor got the job done for us tonight. A good team effort, and he and Brandon were especially sharp.”
Taylor rose to the occasion late in the night. In the 90th minute, his tackle on Moses Danto thwarted Winnipeg’s final chance to even the match.
For the Menace, it’s on to round two of the Open Cup. The team heads north for a Tuesday night match at Minnesota United FC (pro North American Soccer League). The winner of the 7 p.m. bout gets a third-round rendezvous at Sporting Kansas City (Major League Soccer).
MAN of the MATCH, presented by Seneca Companies, goes to: Taylor Diem, a recent graduate of Regis (Colo.) who was a 2012 NCAA Division-II all-American. Diem played 90 minutes and scored his first goal in more than 1,000 minutes with the Menace.
UP NEXT: The Menace invades Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in St. Paul, Minn., for a Tuesday (May 21) match against Minnesota United F.C. in the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Des Moines hops back into PDL action on May 25, at Heartland Division rival St. Louis. The Menace’s next home match is Saturday, June 8 against Springfield
Match: WSA Winnipeg at Des Moines Menace
Date: Saturday, May 18, 2013
Competition: Premier Development League regular-season match
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 1 0 1
WSA 0 0 0
MENACE – Taylor Diem (Jimmy Tulloch) 41:00
Stats Summary: MENACE / WSA
Shots: 19 / 3
Saves: 1 / 4
Corner Kicks: 6 / 1
Fouls: 6 / 7
Offside: 1 / 1
Misconduct Summary: MENACE cautions: Karl Chester 48:00; WSA cautions: Jordan Smith 6:00
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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