Nico Wright (12) scored the match's only goal. Photo credit: Jonathan Krueger
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, June 22, 2013 – Finally finding the back of the net, the Des Moines Menace secured a 1-0, skid-stopping win over the Kansas City Brass tonight in front of 3,541 fans at Valley Stadium.
Nico Wright’s goal in the 81st minute spelled relief for a Menace team that had gone 351 minutes since its last score – and just over 400 minutes since its last home goal (May 18).
Shadow Sebele looped a cross-pass to Wright, who headed the ball while crashing into Kansas City goalkeeper Ryan Bass. The Menace’s largest home crowd of the season erupted as the ball trickled into the net.
“It wasn’t our best game, but we still got the win,” Wright said. “What I saw today was fight, what I saw today was heart. We fought today.”
Since a 5-1 win at Kansas City on June 5, the Menace had lost its scoring touch, getting shut out in three straight Premier Development League losses at Valley Stadium.
Wright took matters into his own hands. With just under 10 minutes to go, he told Menace owner Kyle Krause he was going to score. After grabbing a drink of water by Krause’s sideline table at midfield, Wright sprinted downfield and timed his run with Tulloch’s assist.
“We just needed this one,” Wright said. “We needed this for our coach (Mike Jeffries), needed this to get back on a winning streak. We got this one for Kyle.”
This was the Menace’s first game since the passing of Kyle’s father, William A. Krause. The senior Krause (1935-2013), died on Wednesday, leaving a legacy as the cofounder of Kum & Go Corporation – a convenience-store leader and the company Kyle guides as President and CEO.
Its postseason hopes renewed, the Menace (4-5-1) sits in second place in the PDL’s Heartland Division. With Thunder Bay carrying a perfect 9-0-0 mark, the division’s second and final playoff spot is up for grabs. Right behind the Menace are Springfield (3-3-3), Real Colorado (3-2-1) and Kansas City (3-3-1).
After a home exhibition with Twin Cities BK next Saturday, the Menace prepares for four final PDL matches in July. Des Moines closes the schedule against Real Colorado (July 13 at home), Kansas City (July 9 on the road) and a home-and-home series with St. Louis, including a July 20 season finale at Valley Stadium.
MAN of the MATCH, presented by Seneca Companies, goes to: Nico Wright, who scored his second goal of the season. Wright, who helped Fairleigh Dickinson (N.J.) to the round of 16 in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, hails from St. Catherine, Jamaica.
UP NEXT: The Menace concludes its five-match home stand next Saturday (June 29) with a 7:30 p.m. exhibition against the Twin Cities BK Voyageurs. The game caps off a tripleheader, which starts with the 2013 Iowa High School All-Star Games: girls at 2:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 4:30.
Match: Kansas City Brass at Des Moines Menace
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf field) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 90s, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 1 1
KC 0 0 0
MENACE – Nico Wright (Shadow Sebele) 81:00
Stats Summary: MENACE / KC
Shots: 10 / 7
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 1
Fouls: 5 / 9
Offside: 3 / 4
Misconduct Summary: MENACE ejection: Robby Thomas 87:00; KC cautions: Anthony Walker 89:00 and 90:00 (ejection)
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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