Carlan Samuelson (left) battles for the ball in the Menace's 3-2 exhibition win over WSA Winnipeg on May 18. Photo credit: Jonathan Krueger
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, May 24, 2013 – The Des Moines Menace women are ready to step up the competition.
With a 7 p.m. Sunday contest against fellow Women’s Premier Soccer League newcomer Kansas City (Kan.), the Menace women open the regular season.
“We’re not worried about the level of competition. We just play our style of soccer,” said head coach Kevin Schalk. “We dictate the pace of the match and make them compete with us.”
Schalk’s confidence in his side hasn’t wavered since squeaking out a come-from-behind, 3-2 victory over visiting WSA Winnipeg in the team’s lone preseason exhibition. The May 18 match showed Des Moines was “just a little off on a lot of things,” according to Schalk.
“We’ve had a good week of practice,” said Schalk. “We’ve focused on cleaning up mistakes we made and getting everyone used to the different speed of play.”
Both teams will be looking to gain three precious points early in the season as each point now has additional value. With St. Louis pulling out of the WPSL Midwest Division and the number of teams reduced to four, every divisional matchup will have a deep impact on the final standings.
Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season match: Des Moines Menace at Kansas City Shock
Date and Time: Sunday, May 26 at 7 p.m. CDT
Venue: KC Kansas Community College (turf) in Kansas City, Kan.
ABOUT THE MENACE
- Coming off a 3-2 comeback victory over WSA Winnipeg in the team’s only preseason exhibition match.
- Finished its inaugural season as Women’s League Soccer champions with a 7-1-0 record and a goal differential of 41-5 over the season.
- Has 11 returning players including 2012 co-captains Jordan Bishop and Maggie Kukuk-Wylie.
- Entering the Women’s Premier League Soccer (WPLS).
ABOUT THE SHOCK
- Entering its first season.
- Owned by Shawn M. Daugherty, a Kansas City business owner.
- Led by head coach Wendy Louque, a former assistant coach for Johnson Community College in Kansas City, Kan.
- Has back to back contests to kick off the season, Saturday against Quad City and Sunday against Des Moines.
ABOUT THE WOMEN’S PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE
- Started in 1998, the WPSL is made up of 71 teams, making it the largest national women’s soccer league in the world.
- Des Moines plays in the Midwest Division along with teams from Kansas City (Kan.), Madison, and Quad City (Iowa).
- Midwest Division teams play a home-and-home series with each team in the division.
RECAP FROM SATURDAY
- The Menace women rallied late to beat WSA Winnipeg 3-2 in the season opening exhibition at Valley Stadium.
- Jenna Richins evened the game in the 73rd minute and Tori VonMende put Des Moines ahead for good with her goal just two minutes later. Lindsey Bardole scored in the first half, and the Menace entered halftime down, 2-1.
- Goalies Andrea Swanson and Kira Lazenby each spent a half in net, with Lazenby getting the win.
COMING UP: DOUBLEHEADER ON JUNE 8
- The Menace women will be returning to Valley on Saturday, June 8, to open their WPSL home stand with a match against the Madison 56ers.
- The women’s 4:30 p.m. game will be followed by a 7:30 bout between the Menace men and PDL opponent Springfield (Mo.) Demize.
- June 8 is Youth Soccer Night, when all youth-soccer players, coaches and referees receive free admission to the Menace doubleheader.
- The Menace women will play four straight home matches in June.
MENACE HEAD COACH KEVIN SCHALK
- Guided the inaugural Menace women to the 2012 Women’s League Soccer championship.
- Serves as the Youth Development Director for the Des Moines Menace Academy.
- Joined the Menace organization in spring 2010.
- Has nearly 20 years’ experience developing talent at the club, Olympic Development Program, high school and college levels.
- Is a native New Yorker who tended goal for the College of Charleston and the United States’ U15, U17 and U21 national teams. Played professionally for the Charleston Battery.
Des Moines Menace 2013 WPSL Schedule
Saturday, May 18 WSA Winnipeg (E) W, 3-2
Sunday, May 26 at Kansas City Shock 7 p.m. at KC Kansas Community College
Saturday, June 8 Madison 56ers 4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Sunday, June 9 Kansas City Shock 4:30 p.m. at Teamwork Acres
Saturday, June 15 Exhibition TBA 4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, June 22 Quad City Eagles 4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Friday, July 5 at Madison 56ers 6 p.m. at Breese Stevens Field
Saturday, July 6 at Quad City Eagles 3 p.m. at Pleasant Valley High School
All game times are central
E = Exhibition
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. 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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