Haley Helverson (8) scored her first two Menace goals in the team's first-ever playoff win.
CENTERVILLE, Ohio – Saturday, July 13, 2013 – The season continues for at least one more day. The Des Moines Menace women ousted the home-team Ohio Galaxies, 4-1, tonight in the Women’s Premier Soccer League playoffs.
Vanessa Batista and Haley Helverson led the charge with two goals apiece, as the Menace piled up four scores in just 18 minutes of the second half.
The win sets the stage for a 1 p.m. (EDT) showdown tomorrow, back here at Centerville High School. The Menace (6-3-0) battles St. Louis-based Fire and Ice SC (7-2-0) for the WPSL Midwest Division championship and the chance to advance to the next round of the national tournament.
“Everyone played well tonight. Everyone gave everything they had,” a delighted Menace head coach Kevin Schalk said. “The girls are definitely out to prove something this weekend.”
Batista struck in the 56th and 60th minutes, followed by a pair of break-away goals by Helverson. Tori VonMende assisted Helversen in the 66th minute and, eight minutes later, Katie Hurd set up a score that pushed the lead to four goals.
Ohio’s McKenzie Graus scored in the 76th minute, to avoid the shutout for a Galaxies team (7-2-0) that had won its previous four matches by a staggering 20-1 margin.
Des Moines continued a theme of strong second-half play. The Menace ladies have outscored WPSL foes 10-4 after halftime; they have been outscored 5-3 before the half.
They’ll look to keep the momentum flowing tomorrow, with their first-ever match against Fire and Ice, which defeated the Kansas City Shock, 4-2, in today's opener.
“We’re happy but not satisfied,” Schalk said. “We’re excited to get back out there and play tomorrow.
”WOMAN of the MATCH, presented by Seneca Companies, goes to: Haley Helverson, an Ankeny grad who prepares for her sophomore season at Minnesota. Helverson, who has spent most of the season in a defender’s role, scored her first two Menace goals.
“We moved Haley into the midfield, and she’s proven that was a good move,” Schalk said. “She was very active throughout, creating space and scoring.”
Match: Des Moines Menace at Ohio Galaxies
Date: Saturday, July 13, 2013
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League playoffs
Venue: Centerville High School (turf field) in Centerville, Ohio
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. EDT
Weather: High 80s, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 4 4
OHIO 0 1 1
MENACE – Vanessa Batista 56:00; Batista (Bishop) 60:00; Haley Helverson (Tori VonMende) 66:00; Helverson (Katie Hurd) 74:00
OHIO – McKenzie Graus 76:00
Des Moines Menace 2013 Schedule (6-3-0 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) W, 4-1
Sunday, July 14 Fire and Ice (P) 1 p.m. EDT at Centerville High School
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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