Katie Hurd (left) and Maggie Wylie (right, background) scored in the Menace's first WPSL triumph. Photo credit: Ally Fillmore
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, June 8, 2013 – With a 90th-minute volley from outside the goalie box, Katie Hurd lifted the Des Moines Menace women to their first-ever Women’s Premier Soccer League victory tonight at Valley Stadium.
Hurd’s goal, combined with captain Maggie Wylie’s 63rd-minute net-finder, completed the comeback victory over the previously undefeated Madison 56ers (2-1-0).
“It’s a win,” said Menace women’s head coach Kevin Schalk. “We have some things we have to hammer home at practice, but it’s a win.”
With rain pummeling the pitch, Des Moines (1-1-0) started off slow, committing multiple turnovers and spending most of the first 20 minutes defending its goal. Madison broke through Des Moines’ defense in the 36th minute with a header by Alex Melin that caught Menace goalkeeper Andrea Swanson out of position.
“The weather didn’t affect us too much. We’re a possession team and both teams had to play in the same conditions,” said Schalk. “We’ve had a few weeks off and it just took us a while to get back in the swing.”
The Menace found its swing again in the second half, taking possession immediately after the kickoff and pressuring throughout the half. With Hurd and Wylie finally breaking through, the Menace ladies found their first league victory this season.
Even with the win, coach Schalk sees much room for improvement.
“We need to truly listen to each other and communicate more,” he said. “We also need to focus and let the system be creative.”
WOMAN of the MATCH presented by Seneca Companies: Katie Hurd, who scored the dramatic game-winner in the final minute of regulation play. Hurd, a senior at Augustana College (S.D.), started five games for the Vikings and scored two goals with one assist in her junior season.
UP NEXT: Tomorrow, the Menace hosts the Kansas City Shock at 4:30 p.m. Teamwork Acres (15455 University Ave. in Waukee) is the site, and admission is $5 per car. The team returns to Valley next Saturday (June 15) for an exhibition with Iowa Rush as the first game of a doubleheader with the men. Menace fans wearing black will get tickets for only five dollars as the Menace celebrates Blackout Night at Valley.
Match: Madison 56ers vs. Des Moines Menace
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2013
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf field) in West Des Moines, Iowa (turf field)
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 60s and rainy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 2 2
MAD 1 0 1
MENACE – Maggie Wylie 62:00; Katie Hurd 90:00
MAD – Alex Melin (Molly Luufunborg) 35:00
Des Moines Menace 2013 Schedule (1-1-0 WPSL)
Saturday, May 18 WSA Winnipeg (E) W, 3-2
Sunday, May 26 at Kansas City Shock L, 3-0
Saturday, June 8 Madison 56ers W, 2-1
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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