Jordan Bishop and the Menace seek their first WPSL wins.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, June 7, 2013 – With a better idea of the competition they face, the Des Moines Menace women host a duo of undefeated Women’s Premier Soccer League opponents this weekend.
To get things started, the Menace (0-1-0) takes on the Madison 56ers (2-0-0) on Saturday in the teams’ first meeting. The match kicks off at 4:30 p.m. in Valley Stadium, preceding a Menace men’s game at 7:30.
On Sunday, the Des Moines women’s team looks for revenge, as the Kansas City Shock (2-0-0) comes to town for a 4:30 p.m. match at Teamwork Acres in Waukee. Kansas City dealt the visiting Menace a 3-0 loss in Des Moines’ WPSL debut on May 26.
The Menace completes its home schedule in the following two weekends, with a June 15 exhibition against Iowa Rush and a June 22 match against the Quad City Eagles.
After two weeks without a game, Menace women’s head coach Kevin Schalk is confident in his crew.
“We’ve had a great week and a half of practice. We’ve been correcting a few of the issues we had and the girls are getting more and more comfortable with the system,” said Schalk. “But more importantly, they’re getting more and more comfortable with each other.”
Sunday’s bout will be the first WPSL action to take place at Teamwork Acres. The team’s training field is located at 15455 University Avenue in Waukee. Admission is $5 per carload. Season tickets will be accepted.
Directions to Teamwork Acres from I-80: Take the Jordan Creek Parkway/74th Street exit (Exit 121). Follow Jordan Creek Parkway/74th Street north for about half a mile until you reach a T-intersection. Turn left (west) onto University Avenue and follow this road for a mile and a half. Teamwork Acres is on the north (right-hand) side of University, less than a quarter-mile west of 92nd Street/Boone Drive. Look for the tall sculpture of the two people from Grant Wood’s American Gothic painting, and pull into the driveway before the house at 15455 University Avenue. Turn left after the house and park on the grass that is to the left (south) of the field).
Women’s Premier Soccer League regular-season match: Madison 56ers at Des Moines Menace
Date and Time: Saturday, June 8 at 4:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf field) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Women’s Premier Soccer League regular-season match: Kansas City Shock at Des Moines Menace
Date and Time: Sunday, June 9 at 4:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Teamwork Acres (grass field) in Waukee
ABOUT THE MENACE
- Seeks to bounce back from a 3-0 defeat to WPSL opponent Kansas City Shock on May 26 in Kansas City, Kan.
- Finished its inaugural 2012 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.
- New to the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL).
- Led by second-year head coach Kevin Schalk.
ABOUT THE 56ERS
- Off to a 2-0-0 start in WPSL play with victories over Indiana United (3-1 on May 31) and Quad City Eagles (4-1 on June 2).
- Has received goals from six different players.
- Entered its fourth year with a 7-13-2 record.
- Finished last season with a 3-2-0 record and in third place in the Midwest Conference.
ABOUT THE SHOCK
- Is 2-0-0 in its first WPSL season, after topping Des Moines (3-0 on May 26) and Fire and Ice Soccer Club (2-0 on May 25).
- Plays an afternoon game at Quad City the day before facing the Menace.
- Led by head coach Wendy Louque, a former assistant coach for Johnson Community College in Kansas City, Kan.
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 MAY 26
- The Menace women dropped their WPSL opener to the Kansas City Shock, 3-0.
- The Shock scored during stoppage time of the first half and in the 50th and 64th minute.
- Despite the lopsided score line, coach Schalk feels his team was in control, “I thought we dominated the whole game. We had plenty of shots, plenty of possession. Just couldn’t put one in the back of the net.”
SATURDAY’S PROMOTION: YOUTH SOCCER NIGHT
- Youth-soccer players (wearing team jersey or shirt), coaches (showing coach’s pass) and referees (showing referee badge) receive free admission to the Menace’s June 8 doubleheader.
- The Menace men host the Springfield Demize at 7:30 p.m.
COMING UP: BLACKOUT-NIGHT DOUBLEHEADER WITH MEN
- The Menace women will continue their home stand next Saturday, June 15 with an exhibition match against the Iowa Rush as part of a doubleheader with the men. Kickoff for the women’s game is 4:30 followed by the men at 7:30.
- This game was originally scheduled as a WPSL match with Soccer St. Louis, a team that withdrew from the league last month.
- BLACKOUT Night: All fans wearing black will be admitted in for just $5.
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 L, 0-3
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 Iowa Rush (E) 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.
FOLLOW THE MENACE: