WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Tuesday, June 25, 2013 – Another chance for glory awaits the Des Moines Menace women. Starting tonight, they’ll play three matches in less than 48 hours, competing in their first-ever National Women’s Open Cup.
In Overland Park, Kan., the Menace (2-2-0) opens tonight against a Women’s Premier Soccer League rival, the Kansas City Shock (6-1-0). Des Moines faces the Houston Aces (5-0-0), a WPSL heavyweight, tomorrow night, and closes against the Kansas City Dynamos on Thursday morning. This nationally recognized tournament is sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).
This year, the Cup’s playoff format changed, terminating the regional qualifying tournament and switching to a pure round-robin style. The champion is decided by overall tournament record at the end of the three days of competition.
Menace head coach Kevin Schalk knows the challenge that’s facing him and his crew, but believes the Menace’s depth will help.
“Three games in three days is a lot to prepare for. That’s a lot of soccer,” Schalk said. “We’re going to be using a lot of girls. Some players who don’t get to see much playing time are going to get a chance.”
2013 National Women’s Open Cup
Venue: Overland Park Soccer Complex (turf field) in Overland Park, Kan.
Des Moines Menace vs. Kansas City Shock: Tuesday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. CDT
Des Moines Menace vs. Houston Aces: Wednesday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. CDT
Des Moines Menace vs. Kansas City Dynamos: Thursday, June 27 at 10:00 a.m. CDT
ABOUT THE MENACE
- Seeks to bounce back from 2-1 loss to Quad City Eagles, its first-ever defeat at home, last Saturday (June 22).
- Has 12 goals from nine different players; Tori VonMende leads the team with three.
- Is entering the Women’s National Open Cup for the first time.
- 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 KANSAS CITY SHOCK
- Is looking to build momentum after its 3-0 shutout victory over the Quad City Eagles last Sunday (June 23).
- Is 6-1-0 in WPSL play, with its lone loss coming from the Menace.
- Led by head coach Wendy Louque, a former assistant coach for Johnson Community College in Kansas City, Kan.
- Will be meeting the Menace for the third time this season, after splitting a home-and-home series with Des Moines. The home teams prevailed each time (Kansas City, 3-0, on May 26, and Des Moines, 4-0, on June 9).
ABOUT THE HOUSTON ACES
- Is undefeated (5-0-0) and sitting atop the Big Sky South Division in the WPSL.
- Has shut out five straight opponents and has yet to allow a goal in WPSL play.
- Compete with teams from Fort Worth, Oklahoma City, Houston, Tulsa and Allen, Texas.
ABOUT THE KANSAS CITY DYNAMOS
- Compete in Region II of the U23 division of the USASA.
- Won the U23 USASA National Championship over FC Milwaukee, 5-1.
NATIONAL WOMEN’S OPEN CUP
- Entering its 18th year in existence and its first under the new format.
- Was known as the Women’s Cup from 2009-2012.
- Features new rules, in which competing teams play a round-robin tournament with the champion being the team with the best tournament record at the end.
- The Chicago Red Stars, the 2012 Women’s Cup champions, will not be returning to the tournament. They are competing in the professional National Women’s Soccer League.
RECAP FROM LAST SATURDAY
- Lindsey Bardole’s 41th minute goal wasn’t enough as the Menace fell to the Quad City Eagles at Valley Stadium.
- It was Des Moines first-ever loss at home in two years of competition.
- Amy Bennett scored in the 4th minute and Chelsea Fisher netted the game-winner in the 23rd minute.
COMING UP: WPSL ROAD TRIP, DIVISION TOURNAMENT
- The Menace women will wrap up their inaugural WPSL regular season with a road trip to Madison, Wisc., and Bettendorf, Iowa, on July 5 and 6.
- With only the top four teams of the Midwest Division entering the regional playoffs, Des Moines needs a pair of wins to ensure its season doesn’t end early.
- The Midwest regional playoffs will take place on July 13 and 14 in the division-winner’s city.
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 Schedule (2-2-0 WPSL)
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 L, 1-2
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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