Tori VonMende (10) emerged the hero in this exhibition win. Photo credit: Ally Fillmore
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, June 15, 2013 – Another match at Valley Stadium, another one-goal win.
Continuing a pattern of close victories on their home turf, the Des Moines Menace women picked up a 2-1 exhibition win over the Iowa Rush today. Des Moines (2-1-0 Women’s Premier Soccer League) has played three matches at Valley Stadium this season, winning each by a single goal.
Tori VonMende's game-winning twine-finder in the 86th minute was the difference. Des Moines’ lone goal in the first half came in the third minute, off a top-shelf shot by Iowa Rush product McKenzie Misel, who converted a well-placed pass from Haley Halverson.
Down only one at halftime, the Ankeny-based Rush took back some control in the second stanza, pressuring the Menace and stretching the defense on counter attacks. In the 71st minute, Amber Nieland kneed a goal over the head of Menace goalkeeper Kalena Litch.
“We’ve got to work on the little things,” said Schalk. “We’re just not putting it in the back of the net. We need to be more efficient with our opportunities.”
With their last exhibition of the season finished, the Des Moines Menace women turn their attention to the second half of their WPSL schedule.
“We have to keep pushing forward,” said Schalk of his side. “We’ve got three games left and we have to win them all.”
The Menace women return to Valley Stadium next Saturday to conclude their home schedule. Against the Quad City Eagles, they’ll attempt to capture their third-straight WPSL win. Last weekend, they got past Madison, 2-1, on Saturday and scorched Kansas City, 4-0, on Sunday at Teamwork Acres in Waukee.
WOMAN of the MATCH presented by Seneca Companies: Tori VonMende, whose game-winning score put the game away for the Menace. The second-year Menace player set a Northwest Missouri State school record with 11 goals during her junior year. A native of Council Bluffs, Iowa, VonMende was named second team all-conference.
UP NEXT: The Menace hosts the Quad City Eagles next Saturday (June 22) at 4:30 p.m. This match – the team’s final home action on the 2013 schedule – precedes a 7:30 men’s match between the Menace and the Kansas City Brass.
Match: Iowa Rush at Des Moines Menace
Date: Saturday, June 15, 2013
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf field) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 70s, cloudy then sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 1 1 2
RUSH 1 0 1
MENACE – Mckenzie Misel (Haley Halverson) 4:00; Tori VonMende 86:00
RUSH – Amber Nieland 71:00
Des Moines Menace 2013 Schedule (2-1-0 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 W, 4-0
Saturday, June 15 Iowa Rush (E) W, 2-1
Saturday, June 22 Quad City Eagles 4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Tuesday, June 25 at Kansas City Shock (OC) 6:30 p.m. at Overland Park Soccer Complex
Wednesday, June 26 at Houston Aces (OC) 6:30 p.m. at Overland Park Soccer Complex
Thursday, June 27 at Kansas City Dynamos (OC) 10 a.m. at Overland Park Soccer Complex
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; OC = National Women’s Open Cup
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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