WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, June 14, 2013 – With half their season behind them, the Des Moines Menace women face a local club tomorrow.
Taking a break from its Women’s Premier Soccer League schedule, the Menace (2-1-0) welcomes Iowa Rush to Valley Stadium for a 4:30 p.m. exhibition match.
The Menace women were originally scheduled to face a team from St. Louis, but won by forfeit when that team withdrew from the WPSL at the beginning of the season.
Des Moines is looking to keep the momentum from last weekend’s wins over Madison, 2-1, and Kansas City, 4-0. Kevin Schalk’s side is three points behind Midwest Division front-runner Kansas City.
Iowa Rush is coached by former Menace player Daryl Brazeau, who was a defender for the team in the 1998-2004 seasons.
Exhibition Match: Iowa Rush at Des Moines Menace
Date and Time: Saturday, June 15 at 4:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf field) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Promotion: Blackout Night (fans wearing black get $5 tickets)
ABOUT THE MENACE
- Looks to build on its 4-0 victory over Kansas City Shock on Sunday.
- Has six WPSL goals from six different players.
- 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 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 SUNDAY
- The Menace women avenged their only loss of the season, beating the Kansas City Shock 4-0 at Teamwork Acres.
- Goals from Jordan Bishop, Tori VonMende, Holly Winter and Karolinna DeOlveira powered the Menace forward.
- Kira Lazenby made four saves and collected the shutout.
RECAP FROM SATURDAY
- Des Moines’ Saturday 2-1 victory came down to the wire, as Katie Hurd’s 90th minute game-winning volley found twine.
- The Menace gave up a first half goal to Alex Melin in the 35th minute.
- Captain Maggie Wylie finished a cross in the 62nd minute to equalize.
COMING UP: HOME MATCH WITH QUAD CITY
- The Menace women will wrap up their home stand next Saturday (June 22) with a WPSL match against the Quad City Eagles as part of a doubleheader with the men.
- Kickoff for the women’s game is 4:30 followed by the men at 7:30.
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.
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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