WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, July 12, 2013 – For the Des Moines Menace women’s team, the season comes down to this weekend.
The Menace (5-3-0) vies for the Midwest Division championship after entering the 26-team Women’s Premier Soccer League playoffs by the slimmest of margins. Des Moines faces the top-seeded Ohio Galaxies in a 7:30 bout tomorrow at Centerville (Ohio) High School.
A victory on Saturday would position the Menace for a division-title showdown on Sunday with the winner of Saturday’s 5 p.m. tilt between the Kansas City Shock and the St. Louis-based Fire and Ice Soccer Club.
By defeating the Quad City Eagles, 1-0, last Saturday, the Menace claimed the fourth and final playoff spot, edging the Madison 56ers (also 5-3-0). The Menace won the berth with a goal-differential of seven (15-8) compared to Madison’s six (16-10).
The Galaxies, whose only loss came on June 8 to the Fire and Ice Soccer Club, march into the playoffs on a four-game winning streak, including three straight shutouts and a 20-1 scoring margin.
Women’s Premier Soccer League, Midwest Division playoffs
Venue: Centerville High School (turf field) in Centerville, Ohio
Semifinal 1: Kansas City Shock vs. Fire and Ice Soccer Club
Date and Time: Saturday, July 13 at 5 p.m. EDT
Semifinal 2: Des Moines Menace at Ohio Galaxies
Date and Time: Saturday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m. EDT
Championship: Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2
Date and Time: Sunday, July 14 at 1 p.m. EDT
ABOUT THE MENACE
- Looks to keep momentum from its 1-0 playoff-clinching victory over the Quad City Eagles last Saturday – its first road win of the season.
- Enters its first playoff tournament in team history.
- Has received goals from eight players, including two goals apiece from Lindsey Bardole, Jordan Bishop, Tori VonMende and Holly Winter.
- 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 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 GALAXIES
- Finished 7-1-0, capturing the Midwest Division’s top seed.
- Only defeat was a 3-1 loss to Fire and Ice Soccer Club on June 8.
- Finished the regular season with a plus-24 goal differential.
- Led by former University of Cincinnati assistant coach Chris Black.
ABOUT THE PLAYOFFS
- Consists of a single elimination bracket-style tournament.
- The Kansas City Shock takes on the Fire and Ice Soccer Club in a 5 p.m. bout on Saturday, with the Menace facing off with the top-seeded Galaxies at 7:30.
- The winners of the Saturday matches will meet for a 1 p.m. tilt for the Midwest Championship on Sunday.
- The Midwest Division champion will travel to the Big Sky Division champ on the weekend of July 19-21.
- Four WPSL teams advance to the national-championship weekend, set for July 26-28 in California.
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 LAST SATURDAY
- Des Moines finished its regular season on a winning a note with a 1-0 revenge victory over the Quad City Eagles.
- Captain Jordan Bishop scored the game’s lone goal in the 50th minute.
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 Schedule ( 5-3-0 WPSL: 3-1-0 home; 2-2-0 away)
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
Tuesday, June 25 at Kanas City Shock (OC) T, 1-1
Wednesday, June 26 Houston Aces (OC) L, 1-3
Thursday, June 27 Kansas City Dynamos (OC) L, 0-2
Friday, July 5 at Madison 56ers L, 1-2
Saturday, July 6 at Quad City Eagles W, 1-0
Saturday, July 13 at Ohio Galaxies (P) 7:30 p.m. EDT
E = Exhibition; F = Forfeit; OC = National Women’s Open Cup, played in Overland Park, Kan.;
P = WPSL Playoffs
*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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