Des Moines' Dylan Lax fights for possession on Friday night. Photo credit: Ally Fillmore
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, June 14, 2013 – The stage is set for a Saturday-night grudge rematch between the Des Moines Menace and the Thunder Bay Chill.
In an intense Premier Development League battle, the Menace fell tonight, 2-0, to its arch-nemesis. The Chill posted a goal in each half, matching a 2-0 home win over the Menace on June 1.
Heading into tomorrow’s 7:30 p.m. tilt, the all-time series between these longtime Heartland Division rivals is knotted at 22-22-4.
Thunder Bay (6-0-0) remains undefeated, thanks to goals from Axel Sjoberg and Sunny Omoregie. Sjoberg, a six-foot-seven defender, got above the crowd to head in Paul Dillon’s free kick in the 32nd minute.
“We gave away a free kick completely unnecessarily, and they punished us,” Menace head coach Mike Jeffries said. “We were chasing (the Chill) the rest of the night…They’re a hard team to chase.”
Omoregie iced the match in the 81st minute, when he capitalized on a two-on-one opportunity.
The Menace (3-4-1) tries to overcome its slowest start since the 2007 season, when the team had an identical mark through eight games and went on to finish 8-7-1.
“The good news is, we get to play tomorrow,” Jeffries said. ‘I think we’ll be ready for another physical match. We’ve got to get that first goal.”
Des Moines’ four PDL losses have all come in shutout fashion. The Menace has netted multiple goals in only two matches – a 5-1 scoring rampage at Kansas City on June 5 and a 4-1 rout at WSA Winnipeg on May 30.
MAN of the MATCH, presented by Seneca Companies, goes to: Brandon Fricke, for his defensive efforts. The team captain, Fricke is a Grimes native preparing for his senior year at Butler. He was the “Player of the Round” for the second round of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
UP NEXT: The Menace host Thunder Bay in the second half of a Saturday doubleheader on Blackout Night. The Menace women open with a 4:30 p.m. exhibition against Iowa Rush, followed by the men at 7:30. Fans wearing black get in for $5.
Match: Thunder Bay Chill at Des Moines Menace
Date: Friday, June 14, 2013
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf field) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 60s, cloudy with threatening thunderstorms
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 0 0
TB 1 1 2
TB – Axel Sjoberl (Paul Dillon) 32:00, Sunny Omoregie (Dominic Roberts) 81:00
Stats Summary: MENACE / TB
Shots: 12 / 9
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 7 / 3
Fouls: 8 / 13
Offside: 0 / 1
Misconduct Summary: MENACE caution: Jimmy Tulloch 31:00; TB caution: Zephaniah Thomas 60:00
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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