Katie Hurd (left) is the 2013 season's final "Woman of the Match."
CENTERVILLE, Ohio – Sunday, July 14, 2013 – A 2-0 playoff loss today concluded the Des Moines Menace’s first Women’s Premier Soccer League season.
In a battle for the WPSL Midwest Division title, Fire and Ice SC pulled away from the Menace late, courtesy back-to-back goals from one of college soccer’s top scoring threats.
On a hot afternoon at Centerville High School, Rachel Tejada scorched the Menace in the 75th and 77th minutes. The Illinois State standout displayed why she has twice been named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year. In just two college seasons, she has already amassed 39 goals for the Redbirds.
“(Tejada) was the one player we tried to key in on. We were able to contain her in the first half,” Menace head coach Kevin Schalk said. “When she gets the ball she does good things.”
Des Moines’ 2013 run ends with a 6-4-0 record. Last night, the Menace dispatched the top-seeded Ohio Galaxies, with a convincing 4-1 triumph.
The Menace was seeking its first three-game winning streak of the season.
“We never were consistent,” Schalk said. “We had too many highs and too many lows. It kind of proved itself today. We just never found our rhythm. Pretty much, it was ‘hang on for dear life.’”
In their first two seasons, the Menace ladies have gone 13-5-0. They won the Women’s League Soccer championship last year, and they followed that with a berth in the WPSL 26-team playoffs.
“I don’t know too many programs who can say they’ve done that in their first two seasons,” said Schalk. “We want to follow the rich tradition of our men’s team. I think in our first two years, we have proven ourselves. It shows good things to come.”
Fire and Ice (8-2-0) – a club based in Columbia, Ill. (12 miles south of St. Louis) – defeated the Kansas City Shock, 4-2, yesterday. The Midwest Division tournament champs advance to play at Big Sky champion Houston next weekend. The winner of that quarterfinal match is part of the four-team, national championship, set for July 27-28 in Sacramento.
WOMAN of the MATCH, presented by Seneca Companies, goes to: Katie Hurd, for her constant work in the midfield. Hurd, a senior-to-be at Augustana (S.D.), was the Woman of the Match on June 8, when she scored the game-winner in the 90th minute of a 2-1 home win over Madison – the team the Menace would eventually edge for the division’s fourth and final postseason berth.
Match: Des Moines Menace vs. Fire and Ice SC
Date: Sunday, July 14, 2013
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League playoffs: Midwest Division championship
Venue: Centerville High School (turf field) in Centerville, Ohio
Kickoff: 1 p.m. EDT
Weather: High 80s, mostly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 0 0
FISC 0 2 2
FISC – Rachel Tejada 75:00; Tejada 77:00
Des Moines Menace 2013 Schedule (6-4-0 WPSL: 3-1-0 home; 3-3-0 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) L, 0-2
E = Exhibition; F = Forfeit; OC = National Women’s Open Cup, played in Overland Park, Kan.;
P = WPSL Playoffs, played in Centerville, Ohio
*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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