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Open Cup not friendly to Menace women

Emily Hanneman (19) tracks the ball in the Menace's 1-1 draw on Tuesday. Photo credit: Daniel Russell / Kansas City Shock
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Thursday, June 27, 2013 – Back-to-back-to-back games failed to treat the Des Moines Menace well during the team’s run in the National Women’s Open Cup over the past three days at Overland Park Soccer Complex.
Despite a promising 1-1 tie to start out the round-robin tournament, the Menace women were unable to find a victory in their final two matches, finishing the tournament 0-2-1 and placing third out of four teams.
“Overall, we gave away too many easy chances because of our inability to finish in the final third of the pitch,” said Menace women’s head coach Kevin Schalk. “We put our defense on the hook when we shouldn’t have.”
On Tuesday, the women started off the tournament against the Kansas City Shock, a rival in the Women’s Premier Soccer League’s Midwest Division. The host Shock scored in the 43rd minute, and Des Moines’ Lindsey Bardole found the equalizer in the 72nd minute. This marked the second-straight game in which Bardole scored.
The Menace has won, lost and tied against the Shock. On June 9, Des Moines won 4-0, avenging a 3-0 road loss from May 26.
“We should have won our first game,” Schalk said. “We just didn’t finish the opportunities we had in front of us.”
On Wednesday evening, the Menace was unable to counter the Houston Aces constant pressure and found itself on the losing side, 2-0, after conceding goals in the 25th and 55th minutes.
With a quick turnaround, Des Moines faced the Kansas City Dynamos at 10 o’clock this morning, knowing it had to win to finish in second place.
Karolinna DeOliveira’s 26th-minute goal gave the Menace women an early boost, but their tired legs began to show and the Dynamos responded, scoring twice in the next six minutes.
Shortly after Kansas City added an insurance goal in the 47th minute, the match was called due to weather and the Menace finished the tournament on a losing note, 3-1.
“It took us a while to settle in and then we just lost our legs,” said Schalk. “It was a lot of soccer in not much time, but all the teams were in the same boat so there’s no excuse for our team.”
After edging out the Kansas City Shock (0-2-1) for third place in the tournament, the Menace will travel to Madison, Wis., and Quad City (Bettendorf) for their final two WPSL regular season games, July 5 and 6.
The Houston Aces won the tournament with a 3-0-0 record; they defeated the Kansas City Dynamos (2-1-0), 3-1, on Tuesday.
WOMAN of the TOURNAMENT, presented by Seneca Companies, goes to: Midfielder Jordan Bishop for her consistency and leadership on the pitch. The co-captain returned to the Menace after a successful first year (two goals and three assists). A native of Carrollton, Texas, Bishop spent a short stint with the Boston Breakers, a professional women’s soccer team, during their 2012 campaign.
UP NEXT: The Menace women finish up their WPSL regular season with back-to-back games in Madison, Wis., and Bettendorf. Finishing its season against two inner-division foes, the Menace will need to win both matches to ensure a spot in the Midwest Division regional playoffs on July 13 and 14.

National Women’s Open Cup
Venue: Overland Park Soccer Complex (Turf Field) in Overland Park, Kan.
Des Moines Menace vs. Kansas City Shock
Date: Tuesday, June 25
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m.

Scoring Summary:       1   2     F
MENACE                       0     1   1
KCS                             1   0     2         
MENACE: Lindsey Bardole 72:00
KCS: Amy Boyer 43:00
Des Moines Menace vs. Houston Aces
Date: Wednesday, June 26
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m.
Scoring Summary:       1   2     F
MENACE                      0     0   0
HOU                             1   1     2         
HOU: Carlie Banks (Jackie Acevedo) 25:00, McKenna Waitley (Banks) 55:00
Des Moines Menace vs. Kansas City Dynamos
Date: Thursday, June 27
Kickoff: 10 a.m.

Scoring Summary:       1   2     F
MENACE                      1     0   1
KCD                             2   1     3         
MENACE: Karolinna DeOliveira 26:00
KCD: 30:00; 32:00; 47:00
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           Kansas City Shock (OC)            T, 1-1
Wednesday, June 26      Houston Aces (OC)                    L, 0-2
Thursday, June 27          Kansas City Dynamos (OC)        L, 1-3
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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