Lindsey Bardole's goal (pictured) was the Menace's only score in a 2-1 loss to Quad City -- the team's first-ever non-win at home. Photo credit: Jonathan Krueger
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, June 22, 2013 – Before today, no team had ever defeated the Des Moines Menace women on their home turf. That all changed tonight, when the Quad City Eagles dealt the Menace its first home loss in nine home matches spanning two seasons.
In an Interstate-80 battle, the visitors jumped to a two-goal lead and held on for a 2-1 Women’s Premier Soccer League victory at Valley Stadium.
The Eagles’ Amy Bennett scored in the third minute, getting a foot on a loose ball in the box. Teammate Chelsea Fisher made it a 2-0 game in the 23rd minute, when she took a pass from Emily King and capitalized on a one-on-one confrontation with Menace goalkeeper Andrea Swanson.
Des Moines (2-2-0) got back into the game in the 41st minute. Vanessa Batista’s cross found its way through the hands of Eagle goalie Kylie Willet and onto the scoring-foot of a well-positioned Lindsey Bardole.
The Menace’s momentum seemed to spill into the second half. The Menace found its rhythm, connecting passes and applying a steady stream of pressure on the Quad City defense. Despite its efforts and a distinct shot advantage, Des Moines wasn’t able to avoid its first home loss.
“We are just very inconsistent right now and we need to get to a high level of play all the time,” said Menace head coach Kevin Schalk. “We can’t just play 15 or 20 minutes at a time like we are.”
With a loss in their final home match of the season, the Menace ladies drop to 4-1-0 at home (including 2-0-0 in exhibitions).
Quad City pulls even to the Menace in the WPSL Midwest Division standings, after collecting its second straight win. The Eagles are the first in-state, in-league foe for a Menace team since the men’s side competed with the Sioux City Breeze in the 1994-1999 Premier Development League seasons.
WOMAN of the MATCH presented by Seneca Companies: Lindsey Bardole, who scored the Menace’s lone goal. Bardole is a native of Round Rock, Texas, and a graduate of Grand View University.
UP NEXT: The Menace heads to Overland Park, Kan., for the National Women’s Open Cup. Des Moines plays three matches in three days: Tuesday against the Kansas City Shock and Wednesday against the Houston Aces (both 6:30 p.m. starts) and Thursday at 10 a.m. against the Kansas City Dynamos.
Match: Quad City Eagles at Des Moines Menace
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf field) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 90s, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 1 0 1
QC 2 0 2
MENACE – Lindsey Bardole (Vanessa Batista) 41:00
QC – Amy Bennett 4:00; Chelsea Fisher (Emily King) 23:00
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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