Jordan Bishop, shown against Quad City on June 22, scored the lone goal of a postseason-clinching win. Photo credit: Jonathan Krueger
RIVERDALE, Iowa – Saturday, July 6, 2013 – By the slimmest of margins, the Des Moines Menace has secured a berth in the Women’s Premier Soccer League playoffs.
Des Moines finished its regular season with a 1-0 payback win over the Quad City Eagles today at Pleasant Valley High School. Coming into this rematch of a home loss from two weeks ago, the Menace ladies knew they needed a win to keep the season alive.
They got it, thanks to captain Jordan Bishop. Her goal in the 50th minute was just enough to clinch the WPSL Midwest Division’s fourth and final postseason spot. On a tie-breaker, Des Moines edges Madison – the teams share 5-3-0 marks after the Menace lost last night in Wisconsin. These teams split the season series, but the Menace has a goal-differential of seven (15-8), compared to six for the 56ers (16-10).
“The girls are happy to get in,” Menace head coach Kevin Schalk said. “They know there’s work to do. We take the momentum into the playoffs.”
As she’s done all season, Bishop put the team on her back. The veteran leader created her scoring opportunity by getting past a couple of players and finishing her second goal of the season.
Des Moines had dropped its previous two WPSL matches – June 22 against in-state foe Quad City and last night in Madison – by identical 2-1 scores.
“They played well; they closed it up this time,” Schalk said of his team. “We’re a young team. It’s been a growing experience for these kids. Overall, I think it’s been a good season, and we’re happy to keep it going.
Schalk and company await the final results from divisional play, to determine where they’ll be headed for next weekend’s divisional playoffs (July 13-14). The Menace joins the Ohio Galaxies (6-1-0), the Kansas City Shock (6-1-0) and the St. Louis-based Fire and Ice Soccer Club (5-2-0).
WOMAN of the MATCH, presented by Seneca Companies, goes to: Jordan Bishop, for the fourth time this season. Bishop, a second-year captain, is an Iowa State grad, a native of Texas, a former pro player and this week’s Player Spotlight on MenaceSoccer.com.
“Jordan’s been the staple for this team,” Schalk said. “She is that rock that we need. She always gives the team everything she has, and I’m glad to see her get on the positive end of things.”
Match: Des Moines Menace at Quad City Eagles
Date: Saturday, July 6, 2013
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Venue: Pleasant Valley High School (turf field) in Riverdale, Iowa
Kickoff: 3 p.m. CDT
Weather: High 80s, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 1 1
QC 0 0 0
MENACE – Jordan Bishop 50:00
Des Moines Menace 2013 Schedule (5-3-0 WPSL)
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 L, 1-2
Saturday, July 6 at Quad City Eagles W, 2-1
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 is a member of 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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