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Menace women fight for playoff life

Haley Halverson (8) and the Menace close the regular season with back-to-back road matches. Photo credit: Ally Fillmore
 
 
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, July 5, 2013 – A previously unknown feeling is sweeping through the Des Moines Menace women’s team.
 
A year after winning the Women’s League Soccer conference with a game to spare, the Menace (4-2-0) finds itself fighting for a playoff berth today and tomorrow, as the team completes its Women’s Premier Soccer League regular-season schedule. 
 
Des Moines faces the Madison (Wis.) 56ers (3-3-0) today in a 6 p.m. match at Breese Stevens Field. The Menace defeated Madison earlier this season, when Des Moines’ Katie Hurd chipped a shot over the Madison goalie in the 90th minute to complete the 2-1 comeback victory.
 
Tomorrow, the Menace clashes with the Quad City Eagles (3-3-0) in a 3 p.m. in-state grudge game at Pleasant Valley High School. Two weeks ago, the Eagles broke the Menace’s all-time perfect home record (7-1-0), with a 2-1 victory at Valley Stadium.
 
With only the top four teams in the WPSL’s Midwest Division advancing to the regional playoffs, the Menace (12 points) finds itself sitting on the fourth and final spot. With Madison (9 points) and Quad City (9 points) just one win behind, the Menace must sweep this weekend to guarantee itself a spot in the postseason.
 
Both Madison and Quad City have a home match with Midwest division cellar-dweller Fort Wayne F.C. (0-4-0, minus-21 goal differential) left on their schedule.
 
 
Women’s Premier Soccer League regular-season match: Des Moines Menace at Madison 56ers
Date and Time: Friday, July 5 at 5 p.m. CDT
Venue: Breese Stevens Stadium (grass field) in Madison, Wis.
 
Women’s Premier Soccer League regular-season match: Des Moines Menace at Quad City Eagles
Date and Time: Saturday, June 6 at 3 p.m. CDT
Venue: Pleasant Valley High School (turf field) in Bettendorf, Iowa
 
 
 
ABOUT THE MENACE
-       Looks to bounce back from its 0-2-1 Open Cup stumble on June 25-27 and a 2-1 loss to the Quad City Eagles on June 22.
-       Has never lost back-to-back division games (2-0 following a conference loss).
-       Led in scoring by Lindsey Bardole with three goals and an assist.
-       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 56ERS
-       Seeking to keep momentum from a 2-1 victory over Fort Wayne F.C. on Saturday, June 29.
-       Led by fourth-year head coach John Reddan
-       Entered its fourth year with a 7-13-2 overall record
 
ABOUT THE EAGLES
-       Coming off a 9-1 scorching of Fort Wayne F.C. on Sunday, June 30.
-       In its second season in the WPSL.
-       Led by second-year head coach Jon Mannall, former St. Ambrose University men’s soccer head coach.
 
PREVIOUS MATCH-UP WITH 56ERS
-       The Menace defeated the 56ers, 2-1, on June 8 at Valley Stadium.
-       Katie Hurd’s game-winning 90th minute goal lifted the Menace past Madison.
-       Maggie Wylie’s 62nd minute strike tied the game at one.
-       Alex Melin scored the 56ers’ lone goal in the 35th minute.
 
PREVIOUS MATCH-UP WITH EAGLES
-       The Eagles broke Des Moines’ all-time perfect home record with a 2-1 victory on June 22.
-       Amy Bennett (4:00) and Chelsea Fisher (23:00) put the Menace in an early 0-2 hole.
-       Lindsey Bardole tried to start the comeback with her 41s-minute goal.
 
PUSH FOR FOURTH
-       Only the top four teams of the WPSL’s Midwest division advance to the regional tournament on the weekend of July 12.
-       Des Moines currently sits in fourth place behind the Ohio Galaxies (6-1-0, 18 points), Kansas City Shock (6-1-0, 18 points) and Fire and Ice Soccer Club (5-2-0, 15 points).
-       The Menace are in front of Quad City Eagles (3-3-0, nine points) and Madison 56ers (3-3-0, nine points)
-       On Saturday, Madison plays Fort Wayne F.C. (0-4-0, -21 goal differential) in Madison.
-       On Sunday, Quad City’s hosts Fort Wayne F.C.
-       A sweep this weekend would guarantee the Menace a place in the tournament.
-       The tournament will take place at the top seed’s venue, the weekend of July 13-14.
 
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.
 
RECAP FROM JUNE 25-27
-       Des Moines had trouble in the National Women’s Open Cup in Overland Park, Kan. receiving a 0-2-1 mark after playing three games in less than 48 hours.
-       The Menace tied Midwest Division rival the Kansas City Shock 1-1 on Tuesday, June 25, with a goal from Lindsey Bardole.
-       On Wednesday evening, the WPSL Houston Aces shut out the Menace, 2-0.
-       Thursday morning brought the Menace a loss to USASA’s Kansas City Dynamos, 3-1, with a goal coming from Karolinna DeOliveira.
 
 
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 (4-2-0)
Saturday, May 18                   WSA Winnipeg (E)                W, 3-2
Saturday, May 25                     at St. Louis (F)                       W, 3-0
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                  St. Louis (F)                          W, 3-0
Saturday, June 15                  Iowa Rush (E)                        W, 2-1
Saturday, June 22                  Quad City Eagles                  L, 1-2
Friday, July 5                           at Madison 56ers                    5 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; F = Forfeit
 *St. Louis dropped out of the WPSL, all St. Louis games are counted as 3-0 victories
 
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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