Dylan Lax (left), Brandon Fricke (8) and the Menace defense had their hands full against the Chill. Photo credit: Jamilla St. Ann / Sporting KC
THUNDER BAY, Canada – Saturday, June 1, 2013 – Different venue, similar result.
The Thunder Bay Chill continued its home dominance against the Des Moines Menace in a 2-0 win tonight at Fort William Stadium. The match between these Premier Development League Heartland Division rivals, originally scheduled to take place on Chapples Park’s grass field, was moved to the turf surface, in a change forced by weather conditions.
Des Moines is winless in its last seven road matches against Thunder Bay. In the last four seasons, the Chill is 6-0-1 at home against the Menace, piling up a lopsided 21-4 goal differential in this span. Since the Menace posted four points (a win and a tie) there in 2008 and 2009, Chapples Park has not been a very friendly place for Des Moines. The team did not find the going much easier tonight at Fort William Stadium.
“Disappointed in how the game played out tonight, but the team remains confident,” Menace head coach Mike Jeffries said. “We knew this would be a different kind of game. We hit a little bit of a wall today against a team that is very organized and very aggressive at home.
“I thought the first 10 minutes, we struggled to find our feet. After that, I thought we were in control of much of the match…We came into the game knowing set pieces would be key for them.”
They certainly were. On a chilly, windy and rainy evening, the Chill scored both of its goals on set pieces. Pedro Adan headed in Paul Dillon’s corner kick in the 31st minute, and Dillon capitalized on a free kick in the 78th minute. From 20 yards out, he curled the ball around a wall of Menace players and into the back of the net.
The road-weary Menace returns home after its third match in five days. The Menace lost by an identical 2-0 final on Tuesday at Sporting KC; The Major League Soccer side knocked Des Moines from the third round of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. On Thursday, the Menace picked up some confidence in a 4-1 triumph at WSA Winnipeg.
Jeffries’ team wraps up its six-game road stretch with a PDL match at Kansas City on Wednesday. The Menace is back at home a week from today (on Saturday, June 8), hosting the Springfield Demize for the first of five straight matches at Valley Stadium.
With a win in its home opener, the Chill (3-0-0) knocks the Menace (2-2-1) off the top spot in the standings. Thunder Bay, the defending Heartland Division champion, visits the Menace for a pivotal doubleheader on June 14-15.
MAN of the MATCH, presented by Seneca Companies, goes to: Goalkeeper Scott Angevine, who made four saves, including a pair of acrobatic ones, to keep the Menace in the match. Angevine,a native of Kansas City, Kan., made a homecoming on Tuesday, facing his former MLS team. The Coastal Carolina grad was an MLS pool keeper in 2012, spending time with Sporting KC, the Portland Timbers and the Columbus Crew.
UP NEXT: Des Moines closes a streak of six straight road matches when the team heads to Atchison, Kan., on Wednesday (June 5) to face the Kansas City Brass.
Des Moines’ next home match is Saturday, June 8 against Springfield on Youth Soccer Night. Youth-soccer players, coaches and referees get in free. The Menace’s PDL match comes at 7:30 p.m., following a 4:30 match between the Menace women and Madison.
Match: Des Moines Menace at Thunder Bay Chill
Date: Saturday, June 1, 2013
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Fort William Stadium in Thunder Bay, Ont.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. EDT
Weather: 40s and cloudy, rainy and windy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 0 0
TB 1 1 2
TB – Pedro Adan (Paul Dillon) 31:00; Dillon 78:00
Stats Summary: MENACE / TB
Shots: 7 / 10
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 6 / 4
Fouls: 10 / 12
Offside: 3 / 3
Misconduct Summary: MENACE cautions: Jamie Vollmer 32:00; Karl Chester 54:00; TB caution: Jose Altamirano 38:00; Zephaniah Thomas 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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