WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, June 21, 2013 – A year ago, the Des Moines Menace women finished undefeated at home. With a win tomorrow, they can duplicate this feat.
In its final regular-season home action, the Menace hosts a 4:30 p.m. Women’s Premier League Soccer showdown with Interstate-80 foe Quad City.
Des Moines (3-1-0) has won all four of its home matches this season, including a pair of exhibition wins. Quad City (1-2-0) is coming off its first WPSL victory in franchise history; In 2012, the inaugural Eagles finished 0-5-0.
With only three league matches left, head coach Kevin Schalk and his team are pushing for a strong finish to secure one of the WPSL Midwest Division’s four playoff berths. Finishing with the division’s best record would give the Menace more home dates, hosting postseason games on July 13-14.
“We need to win the rest of our games,” said forward Tori VonMende. “That’s my goal; that’s Kevin’s goal; that’s the team goal.”
Women’s Premier Soccer League regular-season match: Quad City Eagles at Des Moines Menace
Date and Time: Saturday, June 22 at 4:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf field) in West Des Moines, Iowa
ABOUT THE MENACE
- Seeks to build its three-game winning streak, including wins over WPSL opponents Madison (2-1) on June 8 and Kansas City (4-0) on June 9.
- Has six WPSL goals from six different players.
- Is 6-0-0 all-time at home, including a 4-0-0 mark last season.
- 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 Wylie.
- New to the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL).
- Led by second-year head coach Kevin Schalk.
ABOUT THE EAGLES
- First WPSL win in franchise history came on the road against the Madison 56ers, 3-1, last Saturday.
- Entering its second season in the WPSL.
- Led by second-year head coach Jon Mannall
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.
- Tomorrow will mark the first intrastate, league match a Menace team has played since 1999.
- The Menace’s Premier Development League team played the Sioux City Breeze for the last time on July 17, 1999, a 2-0 win.
RECAP FROM LAST SATURDAY
- Tori VonMende’s game-winning goal in the 86th minute was enough to push the Menace past the Iowa Rush, 2-1, in Des Moines last exhibition of the season.
- Mckenzie Misel scored Des Moines’ other goal just three minutes into the game.
- Amber Nieland tied the game in the 71st minute for the Rush.
- The Menace hosts participants from the US Youth Soccer Region II Championships – an event hosted by the Iowa Soccer Association. More than 200 top-flight U13-U19 boys and girls teams from 14 state associations are competing in the Midwest Regionals, from Saturday through Wednesday.
- The Menace men finish up a doubleheader, with a 7:30 match against the Kansas City Brass following the women’s game.
- Tomorrow’s doubleheader is presented by Sterling Hotel and Suites.
COMING UP: OPEN CUP COMPETITION
- The Menace women will travel to Overland Park in Kansas City, Kan., to compete in the 2013 National Women’s Open Cup.
- The Menace will face three opponents in as many days, starting with division rival Kansas City Shock on Tuesday.
- The Menace will finish up the tournament by facing the Houston Aces (WPSL) and the Kansas City Dynamo (U23 USASA) on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.
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 (3-1-0)
Saturday, May 18 WSA Winnipeg (E) W, 3-2
Sunday, May 26 at Kansas City Shock L, 0-3
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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