Shadow Sebele played a role in each of the Menace's goals. Photo credit: Ally Fillmore
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, July 20, 2013 – Entering tonight’s season finale, the Des Moines Menace harbored hopes of clinching the organization’s 14th-straight winning campaign.
The St. Louis Lions had other plans. They forced the Menace to settle for a 3-3 draw tonight at Valley Stadium. Des Moines finishes at 6-6-2, in third place of the Premier Development League’s Heartland Division.
Shadow Sebele led the scoring charge for the Menace, which matched its offensive output from the team’s six other 2013 home PDL matches. Less than two minutes in, Sebele finished his second successful penalty kick in as many matches. He assisted Brandon Fricke in the 12th minute and Sean Hoek in the 69th minute.
Alas, the Lions responded each time the home team scored. They countered with goals in the 10th, 45th and 75th minutes. By scoring in the final minute of the first half, they became the only team this season to score multiple goals in a single half against the Menace this season.
Things were looking up for the home side when Hoek scored his first goal in a Menace uniform.
“It felt really good,” said Hoek, a Georgia native who will stay in Des Moines to coach the Menace Youth Academy. “On the flip side, we just fell apart.”
“We said, ‘Let’s lock it down now,’” Sebele said of the team’s mentality entering the final 20 minutes. “Unfortunately, things didn’t go our way. We gave the ball away, and they were able to capitalize on that.”
St. Louis (4-7-3) got its third and final equalizer, when Kyle Weinrich finished a cross from Carson Pryor, who had connected a PK to put the visitors on the board.
The 3,455 fans here on this fireworks night exploded when it appeared the Menace had reclaimed a late lead. In the 88th minute, newcomer Cameron Roget caught up with Hoek’s pass down the left sideline and seemingly scored an impossible-angle goal. The score was negated by a deflating offside call.
“That one was hard to swallow,” Sebele said. “From the field, it really looked like a goal. It was a great pass by Sean, and Cameron ran it down for a great finish.”
The Menace and Lions knot their season series at 1-1-1, after each team took 1-0 bragging rights in St. Louis. These rivals continued their tradition of physical play, stockpiling 37 fouls and six yellow cards.
Coming into Fan Appreciation Night, the Menace knew the season wouldn’t go past tonight. For the second straight year, the team misses the PDL playoffs.
The Menace’s 2013 season peaked in May, when the team advanced to the third round of the 100th annual Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. In front of more than 15,000 fans on May 28, the Menace battled to a 2-0 loss to defending champion Sporting Kansas City (Major League Soccer).
The first half of June was not kind to the Menace. Des Moines was held scoreless in four of five matches to start the month – including three 2-0 losses to arch-rival Thunder Bay, which has won the Heartland Division six of the last seven seasons.
Des Moines found its footing down the home stretch, picking up three straight shutout wins before falling a week ago to Real Colorado. With a 2-1 win over the Menace, the Foxes clinched the division’s second and final playoff spot.
The 20th season of Menace Soccer concluded the same way it began – with a tie.
MAN of the MATCH, presented by Seneca Companies, goes to: Shadow Sebele for his four-point night (a goal and two assists). The Zimbabwe native played collegiately at West Virginia. Along with teammate Jimmy Tulloch, he prepares for a trial this week with Minnesota United FC – the pro side the Menace knocked off in the Open Cup’s second round.
THANK YOU, MENACE FANS, for your support during the 20th season of Menace Soccer!
Match: St. Louis Lions at Des Moines Menace
Date: Saturday, July 20, 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 2 1 3
StL 2 1 3
MENACE – Shadow Sebele PK 2:00; Brandon Fricke (Sebele) 12:00; Sean Hoek (Sebele) 69:00
StL – Carson Pryor PK 10:00; Zach Walsh (Paul Keys) 45:00; Kyle Weinrich (Pryor) 75:00
Stats Summary: MENACE / StL
Shots: 20 / 10
Saves: 3 / 7
Corner Kicks: 6 / 1
Fouls: 20 / 17
Offside: 4 / 1
Misconduct Summary: MENACE cautions: Alec Bartlett 29:00; Jamie Vollmer 59:00; StL cautions: Jonny Brown 11:00; Noah Fazekas 18:00; Paul Keys 63:00; Gharbhan Grant 65:00
Des Moines Menace 2013 Final Results (6-6-2 PDL; 2-4-1 home and 4-2-1 road)
Saturday, May 11 at Springfield Demize T, 1-1
Wednesday, May 15 Madison 56ers (OC) W, 1-0
Saturday, May 18 WSA Winnipeg W, 1-0
Tuesday, May 21 at Minnesota United FC (OC) W, 1-0
Saturday, May 25 at St. Louis Lions L, 0-1
Tuesday, May 28 at Sporting KC (OC) L, 0-2
Thursday, May 30 at WSA Winnipeg W, 4-1
Saturday, June 1 at Thunder Bay Chill L, 0-2
Wednesday, June 5 at Kansas City Brass W, 5-1
Saturday, June 8 Springfield Demize L, 0-1
Friday, June 14 Thunder Bay Chill L, 0-2
Saturday, June 15 Thunder Bay Chill L, 0-2
Saturday, June 22 Kansas City Brass W, 1-0
Saturday, June 29 Twin Cities BK (E) W, 2-1
Saturday, July 6 at St. Louis Lions W, 1-0
Tuesday, July 9 at Kansas City Brass W, 2-0
Saturday, July 13 Real Colorado Foxes L, 1-2
Saturday, July 20 St. Louis Lions T, 3-3
All game times are central
OC = Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup; E = Exhibition
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 played in the 2013 Women’s Premier Soccer League playoff, 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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