Nico Wright collected his first goal with the Menace. Photo credit: Ally Fillmore
ATCHISON, Kan. – Wednesday, June 5, 2013 – Jamaicans Nico Wright and Jimmy Tulloch led the scoring party tonight, as the Des Moines Menace blasted the Kansas City Brass, 5-1, at Benedictine College Soccer Complex.
Wright opened the scoring, and Tulloch became the first Menace player to notch a multi-goal match this season. Fatai Alabi and Zac Portillos also found the back of the net for the Menace (3-2-1 Premier Development League), which ended its six-match road swing in style.
Des Moines looks to keep it going on Saturday, when the Menace hosts Springfield in the first of five straight home matches.
“Pleased to get the result,” Menace head coach Mike Jeffries said. “I think everyone will be excited to be back at Valley Stadium and hopefully settle into a little bit of a routine.”
Shadow Sebele set up Wright for a header goal in the 10th minute, Chris Harmon assisted Tulloch 10 minutes later and Alabi turned a free kick into an upper-90 goal in the 31st minute.
Tulloch made it a 4-0 match less than a minute into the second half. He had a chance to score a third goal in the 79th minute, but Kansas City goalkeeper Ryan Bass stopped his penalty kick.
Portillos scored in second half-stoppage time. The Menace’s last two goals were assisted by Dylan Lax (Tulloch) and Jamie Vollmer (Portillos), teammates for defending NCAA champion Indiana.
“I thought the guys were very sharp tonight,” Jeffries said. “They did a great job starting with so many scoring opportunities in the first half. I think the team’s building some confidence, showing we’re capable of finishing chances.”
Tonight’s scoring outburst came six days after the Menace’s 4-1 triumph at WSA Winnipeg; In its most recent action, Des Moines was shut down in a 2-0 loss at Thunder Bay on Saturday.
This is the team’s highest goal total since winning by an identical 5-1 count over Kansas City on July 23, 2011.
Menace goalkeeper Scott Angevine collected the win against his former PDL team. The Brass is 2-1-0, after opening the season with a pair of road wins. Kansas City got on the board in the 53rd minute, when Matthew McDevitt converted a PK for his fourth goal of the season.
MAN of the MATCH, presented by Seneca Companies, goes to: Nico Wright, who scored in the 10th minute tonight. Wright, a native of St. Catherine, Jamaica, scored five goals for 2012 NCAA Sweet 16 participant Fairleigh Dickinson (N.J.).
UP NEXT: The Menace is at home on Saturday, hosting the Springfield Demize 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 Kansas City Brass
Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Benedictine College Soccer Complex in Atchison, Kan.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CDT
Weather: 60s, mostly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 3 2 5
KC 0 1 1
MENACE – Nico Wright (Shadow Sebele) 10:00; Jimmy Tulloch (Chris Harmon) 20:00; Fatai Alabi 31:00; Tulloch (Dylan Lax) 46:00; Zac Potillos (Jamie Vollmer) 90:00+
KC – Matthew McDevitt PK 53:00;
Stats Summary: MENACE / KC
Shots: 23 / 16
Saves: 5 / 6
Corner Kicks: 5 / 4
Fouls: 8 / 9
Offside: 3 / 2
Misconduct Summary: MENACE cautions: Taylor Diem 78:00; KC caution Ruben Perez 12:00; KC ejection: Nick McDonald 79:00
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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