Chris Harmon (7) scored in the 82nd minute of a 1-0 win. Photo credit: Molly Ward
ST. PETERS, Mo. – Saturday, July 6, 2013 – The Des Moines Menace’s playoff hopes still have a pulse.
A 1-0 win tonight over the St. Louis Lions keeps the Menace in the chase for the Premier Development League postseason. Following a lightning delay of nearly 90 minutes, Chris Harmon struck late to give Des Moines the all-important win.
Harmon scored in the 82nd minute, and the Menace escaped with its fifth 1-0 victory – including two one-goal scorelines in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Des Moines (5-5-1) found some redemption tonight, after dropping a 1-0 decision here on May 26.
“It was a team win, especially after the rain delay,” Harmon said. “It really motivated us, but it was tough, because we had to stay focused. The win definitely makes the ride home a lot more tolerable.”
The goal came less than four minutes after play resumed. Jimmy Tulloch connected with Zac Portillos’ through-ball and took took it down to the six-yard box. From the end-line, he crossed in a pass that barely missed the head of a leaping Jeffrey Kyei.
Opportunistically, Harmon was lurking on the backside, and he one-timed a shot from 15 yards out. The ball glanced off the hands of St. Louis goalkeeper Noah Fazekas and ricocheted off a Lions defender and into the net.
“We came out of the rain delay a little sharper than (the Lions) did,” Menace head coach Mike Jeffries said. “We made a concerted effort to push the tempo and say, ‘We really need to win this one.’”
Des Moines played the final 50 minutes with a man advantage. Joshua Ward was sent off in the 40th minute, bringing back memories of the rivals’ last meeting – one the Menace lost, despite finishing up two players.
“We made it a little bit harder on ourselves than we should have,” Jeffries said. “We got a man up and it allowed us to settle in. But we came through and got the result. It’s a testament to the guys and how we keep pushing and keep fighting to get the job done.”
Jeffries and company prepare for three final matches: Tuesday at Kansas City (3-4-1), and the next two Saturdays at home: July 13 against Real Colorado (5-2-1) and July 20 against St. Louis (3-7-1).
For the first time in exactly a year, the Menace has won consecutive PDL matches. The team snapped a two-game winning streak for the Lions, who had recently knocked off Real Colorado and previously undefeated Thunder Bay (11-1-0).
“Morale is pretty high,” Harmon said. “We’re excited, and we’re already looking forward to the next one.”
MAN of the MATCH, presented by Seneca Companies, goes to: Chris Harmon, who scored his second goal of the season. Harmon is a native of Downingtown, Penn., and a graduate of Old Dominion. He was an NSCAA all-region first-teamer in 2012.
UP NEXT: After playing its first road match in more than a month, the team closes its away schedule on Tuesday. The team daytrips to Overland Park, Kan., for a 7 p.m. match with the Kansas City Brass. The Menace closes with a pair at home: July 13 against Real Colorado and July 20 against St. Louis.
Next Saturday (July 13), fans are encouraged to “Paint the Stadium Red.” Fans wearing red get in for just $5, and bobbleheads will be handed out, while supplies last. July 20 is Fan Appreciation Night, capped off by fireworks.
Match: Des Moines Menace at St. Louis Lions
Date: Saturday, July 6, 2013
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Tony Glavin Soccer Complex in St. Peters, Mo.
Kickoff: 5 p.m. CDT; Lightning delay from 6:50 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Weather: 90s, humid with thunderstorms later in the game
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 1 1
StL 0 0 0
MENACE – Chris Harmon (Jimmy Tulloch) 82:00
Stats Summary: MENACE / StL
Shots: 8 / 8
Saves: 4 / 5
Corner Kicks: 2 / 1
Fouls: 11 / 12
Offside: 4 / 1
Misconduct Summary: MENACE cautions: Fatai Alabi 4:00; Taylor Diem 34:00; Jeffrey Barrenechea 40:00; Nico Wright 45:00; Jimmy Tulloch 87:00; StL cautions: Jamie Waters 32:00; Johnny Brown 43:00; Zach Hollstrom 58:00; Jake Cawsey 89:00; StL ejection: Joshua Ward 40:00
Des Moines Menace 2013 Schedule (5-5-1 PDL)
Saturday, May 11 at Springfield Demize T, 1-1
Wednesday, May 15 Madison 56ers (OC) W, 1-0
Saturday, May 18 WSA Winnipeg W, 1-0
Tuesday, May 21 at Minnesota United FC (OC) W, 1-0
Saturday, May 25 at St. Louis Lions L, 0-1
Tuesday, May 28 at Sporting KC (OC) L, 0-2
Thursday, May 30 at WSA Winnipeg W, 4-1
Saturday, June 1 at Thunder Bay Chill L, 0-2
Wednesday, June 5 at Kansas City Brass W, 5-1
Saturday, June 8 Springfield Demize L, 0-1
Friday, June 14 Thunder Bay Chill L, 0-2
Saturday, June 15 Thunder Bay Chill L, 0-2
Saturday, June 22 Kansas City Brass W, 1-0
Saturday, June 29 Twin Cities BK (E) W, 2-1
Saturday, July 6 at St. Louis Lions W, 1-0
Tuesday, July 9 at Kansas City Brass 7 p.m. at Overland Park Soccer Complex
Saturday, July 13 Real Colorado Foxes 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, July 20 St. Louis Lions 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
All game times are central
OC = Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup; E = Exhibition
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In its 20th season, the Menace men’s side competes in the 65-team United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL). 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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