Shadow Sebele (9) scored on a PK, but it wasn't enough to get the Menace the needed win. Photo credit: Ally Fillmore
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, July 13, 2013 – With a 2-1 win tonight, the Real Colorado Foxes clinched a spot in the Premier Development League postseason, knocking the Des Moines Menace out of the playoff picture.
The Foxes (8-2-2) scored early and held on for three vital points against the Menace (6-6-1) at Valley Stadium. Less than five minutes into the match, Andrew Mejia’s shot deflected off Menace defender Fatai Alabai, and fluttered over the head of goalkeeper Scott Angevine and into the back of the net.
“The first goal was a disaster,” Menace head coach Mike Jeffries said. “Just what we couldn’t afford. We pushed, we managed to get a goal, but, in the end, giving up that early goal made it difficult.”
Des Moines’ score finally arrived in the 74th minute, when Shadow Sebele converted a penalty kick – the team’s first successful PK attempt in four tries this season. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late for a Menace side that outshot the visitors, 15-4.
The Foxes built a two-goal lead in the 54th minute. Jamie Gilbert scored on a laser from 25 yards out, and the pressure was on the Menace. Coming into the match on a streak of three straight shutout wins, Jeffries and company knew they needed to win tonight to stay in the playoff hunt.
“This is obviously deflating,” Jeffries said. “We felt pretty good about how we’ve been playing in recent weeks.”
The home woes continued for Des Moines, which has been outscored 8-3 in PDL matches at Valley Stadium. With a home mark of 2-4-0, the Menace will finish with their first losing home record since 1997.
But, they have one final chance to find success in front of the home fans. The Menace closes the season next Saturday against the rival St. Louis Lions.
MAN of the MATCH, presented by Seneca Companies, goes to: Shadow Sebele, for the second time this season. Sebele scored his first goal of the season. He is a native of Zimbabwe who prepares for his final semester at West Virginia.
UP NEXT:. Saturday, 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: Real Colorado Foxes at Des Moines Menace
Date: Saturday, July 13, 2013
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf field) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 80s, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 1 1
RC 1 1 2
MENACE – Shadow Sebele PK 74:00
RC – Andrew Mejia (Oliver Gore) 5:00; Jamie Gilbert (Julian Donaldson) 54:00
Stats Summary: MENACE / RC
Shots: 15 / 4
Saves: 1 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 4 / 6
Offside: 1 / 0
Misconduct Summary: MENACE caution: Jeffrey Barrenchea 53:00
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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