A goal from Fatai Alabi (right) sealed the Menace's third-straight shutout win. Photo credit: Molly Ward
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Tuesday, July 9, 2013 – This time around, the Des Moines Menace finds itself on the good end of a shutout streak.
Tonight at Overland Park Soccer Complex, the Menace closed its road schedule with a 2-0 defeat of the Kansas City Brass – Des Moines’ third-straight shutout victory in Premier Development League action. This upswing comes on the heels of three straight shutout losses that nearly knocked the team out of playoff contention.
Back on track, the Menace (6-5-1, 19 points) stays in the hunt for the Heartland Division’s second and final postseason berth. Riding its first three-match winning streak since 2011, the team hosts second-place Real Colorado (7-2-1, 22 points) on Saturday in a make-or-break match. Des Moines’ final chance to grab points comes the following Saturday (July 20) against St. Louis.
“A good win for us,” Menace head coach Mike Jeffries said after his team clinched a 3-0-0 series sweep. “I thought we had a good work rate and a good energy from the beginning.”
Tonight’s goals came from players who had contributed to the Menace’s previous wins over the Brass.
In the 18th minute, Jimmy Tulloch crossed the ball to fellow Jamaican Nico Wright, who slotted in his third goal against the Brass. The early score put an end to the Menace’s slow starts; the team was held scoreless in the first half of its previous five PDL matches.
“I thought Nico was particularly sharp, and put us in good spots. I think his energy helped ignite the team a little bit,” Jeffries said. “It was a good counter-attack goal. It made the game easier. Once we had the goal we were able to settle in and knock the ball around.”
Fatai Alabi added an insurance goal in the 66th minute, chest-bumping in a ball fed by Shadow Sebele, who had assisted Wright in the first two wins against the Brass.
On June 5, Wright opened the scoring in a 5-1 win in Atchison, Kan., and he scored late in a 1-0 rematch win at home on June 22. With six shots tonight, Tulloch continued his assault against the Brass (4-6-1), after scoring twice in the five-goal rampage last month. Both of Alabi’s goals have come against Kansas City.
Menace goalkeeper Scott Angevine, a native of Kansas City, Kan., got his third win against his former PDL team.
“Scott came up with some very good saves. He was very solid,” Jeffries said. “I thought it was a solid team effort and thought the defense did well.”
Des Moines finishes with a 4-2-1 road mark – the franchise’s best since the 2009 division-champion Menace finished 5-0-3 away from home. The Menace has a 13-6 scoring edge in PDL road matches this season. The team looks for a strong finish at Valley Stadium, where it has gone 2-3-0 in league play, while being outscored 5-2.
MAN of the MATCH, presented by Seneca Companies, goes to: Nico Wright, whose first-half goal sparked the win. Wright’s three PDL goals – all against Kansas City – lead the Menace. A native of St. Catherine, Jamaica, Wright plays for Fairleigh Dickinson (N.J.).
UP NEXT:.Eying a postseason spot, the Menace finishes the season at home the next two Saturdays.
The team hosts Real Colorado in a playoff-contention battle this Saturday, when 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, when the team’s match against rival St. Louis – and the 2013 regular season – will be punctuated by fireworks.
Match: Des Moines Menace at Kansas City Brass
Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Overland Park Soccer Complex (turf field) in Overland Park, Kan.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CDT
Weather: 90s, sunny and humid
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 1 1 2
KC 0 0 0
MENACE – Nico Wright (Jimmy Tulloch) 17:00; Fatai Alabi (Shadow Sebele) 66:00;
Stats Summary: MENACE / KC
Shots: 17 / 16
Saves: 4 / 5
Corner Kicks: 2 / 5
Fouls: 6 / 8
Offside: 3 / 2
Misconduct Summary: MENACE caution: Jimmy Tulloch 72:00
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 is part 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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