Haley Helverson and the 2013 Menace advanced to the regional championship match.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Wednesday, March 12, 2014 – The Des Moines Menace women have four home matches on their 2014 schedule. They can secure a fifth home date by winning the division title.
In its second Women’s Premier Soccer League season, the Menace plays four regular-season matches at Valley Stadium. The winner of the Menace’s WPSL Central Division earns the chance to host the league’s Midwest Regional championship on July 19, with the winner advancing to the league semifinals.
All of the team’s home tilts come on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m., opening doubleheaders capped off by 7:30 matches for the Menace’s Premier Development League (men’s) team.
Head coach Kevin Schalk’s squad plays a home-and-home schedule against divisional foes from Columbia, Ill. (near St. Louis, Mo.); Kansas City, Mo.; Madison, Wisc.; and St. Paul, Minn. The Menace opens the season in Minnesota on May 24 and sees its first home action on June 7 against Minnesota.
With more than 70 teams, the WPSL is the largest national women’s soccer league in the world. It features 11 regional divisions, with a national postseason crowning a champion in late July.
The Menace ladies look to build on a couple successful seasons. Last year, they advanced to the Midwest Region’s championship match. The Menace (6-4-0) dispatched the host Ohio Galaxies, 4-1, on July 12 before bowing out the next day in a 2-0 loss to Fire and Ice SC.
In 2012, the inaugural Menace claimed the Women’s League Soccer title with a 7-1 record, outscoring the competition 41-5 (including a 23-1 advantage at home).
Two games for the price of one
For the five home doubleheaders (May 31, June 7, June 21, June 28 and July 12), one ticket gets you into both matches, with the women’s 4:30 p.m. matches coming three hours before the men’s (Premier Development League) action. Single-game tickets are $7 for youth ages 5-18; Adult tickets are $9, and children ages 4 and younger get in free.
The team’s multi-ticket packages offer even great value, with at least 15 guaranteed matches. Adult season tickets are $80, and youth season tickets are just $20. Flex packs offer five tickets for $30. Season-ticket holders also receive a parking pass, as well as admission to the Menace’s home matches in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and the PDL and WPSL playoffs.
Back to the playoffs?
The Menace women look to return to the postseason, eyeing their first-ever home playoff action. The regular-season champion of the five-team Central Division hosts the winner of the six-team Great Lakes Division (comprising teams from Indiana, Ohio and Michigan). If the Menace finishes atop the division standings, they host the Midwest Regional championship on Saturday, July 19 at 4:30 p.m.
The regional champion moves on to the WPSL’s final four in Chesapeake, Md. The league semifinals will be played on July 25 or 26, and the championship is set for Sunday, July 27.
Des Moines Menace 2014 WPSL Schedule
Saturday, May 24 at Minnesota TwinStars Time and venue TBD
Sunday, June 1 at Madison 56ers 4 p.m. at Reddan Soccer Park
Saturday, June 7 Minnesota TwinStars 4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, June 14 at Fire and Ice SC 7 p.m. at Columbia (Ill.) High School
Saturday, June 21 Madison 56ers 4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, June 28 Kansas City Shock 4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Wednesday, July 9 at Kansas City Shock 7 p.m. at Bourke Field, Rockhurst University
Saturday, July 12 Fire and Ice SC 4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, July 19 Midwest Regional Championship at a time and venue TBD
July 25 or July 26 WPSL Semifinals Chesepeake, Md.
Sunday, July 27 WPSL Championship Chesepeake, Md.
All game times are central | # = Exhibition
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. The Menace women debuted by winning the Women's League Soccer 2012 championship, and they followed this with a 2013 playoff berth in the Women's Premier Soccer League. They prepare for their second season in WPSL, a national league with more than 70 teams. Entering its 21st season, the Menace men’s side competes in the 64-team United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL). 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 program and tournaments.
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