Photo credit: Jonathan Krueger
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Sunday, May 26, 2013 – Making its Women’s Premier Soccer League debut, the Des Moines Menace dropped a 3-0 decision to the Kansas City Shock tonight at Kansas City Kansas Community College.
In this battle of WPSL newcomers, the Shock scored late in the first half and tacked on insurance goals in the 50th and 64th minutes. After cruising to the 2012 Women’s League Soccer championship, the Menace received a wake-up call tonight. Des Moines did not capitalize on its opportunities; Kansas City (2-0-0) did.
“I thought we dominated the whole game,” said second-year head coach Kevin Schalk. “We had plenty of shots, plenty of possessions. Just couldn’t put one into the back of the net. It wasn’t for lack of effort.
“We were unlucky tonight. Our kids got frustrated. Overall, I think we’re very talented. We’re going to score goals. We just need to be a little more disciplined in the decisions we make. I think we’ll be fine.”
The Menace has plenty of time to regroup. The team’s next action comes in back-to-back home matches on June 8-9, including a rematch with Kansas City. Des Moines’ next road action comes in the Women’s U.S. Open Cup, set for late June in Kansas City.
WOMEN of the MATCH, presented by Seneca Companies: Co-captainsJordan Bishop and Maggie (Kukuk) Wylie, who controlled the midfield tonight. “They make us go. Their leadership is key,” Schalk said of Bishop and Wylie.
UP NEXT: The Menace is off until home matches on June 8 and 9. On Saturday, June 8, the women host the Madison 56ers at Valley Stadium on Youth Soccer Night; The Menace men play Springfield in the second half of a doubleheader. On Sunday, June 9, the Menace hosts Kansas City at Teamwork Acres in West Des Moines. All women’s home matches start at 4:30 p.m.
Match: Des Moines Menace at Kansas City Shock
Date: Sunday, May 26, 2013
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular-season match
Venue: Kansas City Kansas Community College (turf field)
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CDT
Weather: 80s and partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 0 0
KC 1 2 3
KC – Aleisha Cassie 45:00; Scorer unknown 50:00; Scorer unknown 64:00
Des Moines Menace 2013 WPSL Schedule
Saturday, May 18 WSA Winnipeg (E) W, 3-2
Sunday, May 26 at Kansas City Shock L, 3-0
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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