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Menace gets first crack at new WPSL squad

The Menace women trained on Friday morning, in their final session before the season opener. Photo credit: Joe Nalefski
 
 
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, May 23, 2014 – After living the role firsthand in 2013, the Des Moines Menace women know the “new kid on the block” is not always a sure underdog.
 
The Menace gives the Minnesota TwinStars their first taste of Women’s Premier Soccer League action tomorrow at 4 p.m. Mound Westonka High School in East Minnetrista, Minn., is the site of the TwinStars’ inaugural WPSL match.
 
“I’m looking for a quality first game,” said Menace WPSL head coach Kevin Schalk. “Minnesota will be well-supported; there are quite a few colleges and universities to feed their program.”
 
Schalk’s side enters its third season with an all-time mark of 13-5-0. After cruising to the 2012 Women’s League Soccer crown in 2012, the Menace ladies went 6-4-0 in their first WPSL season. They knocked off the top-seeded Ohio Galaxies in the opening round of the WPSL playoffs, before falling one game short of the final four.
 
Des Moines’ home defense starts Saturday, May 31, when it hosts another first year team in the WPSL Midwest-Central Division: the Chicago Red Stars Reserves. The Menace women bolster a nearly perfect home record of 8-1-0. Their only home loss came against the Quad Cities Eagles in the 2013 home finale.
 
 
WPSL regular-season match: Des Moines Menace at Minnesota TwinStars
Date and Time: Saturday, May 24 at 4 p.m.
Venue: Mound Westonka High School (turf) in East Minnetrista, Minn.
 
 
 
ABOUT THE MENACE
-       Enters its second season in WPSL.
-       Finished 2013 with a 6-4 record – 5-3 in the regular season, 1-1 in the postseason.
-       Roster features 13 returning players.
-       Kevin Schalk is in his third year as the head coach.
-       This is the first match for the Menace on Minnesota soil.
 
ABOUT THE TWINSTARS
-       Enters its first season, as part of an organization with a men’s team in the National Premier Soccer League.
-       Features 15 players from Minnesota colleges or club teams, including Menace goalkeeper Kalena Litch, a native of Plymouth, Minn.
-       Are led by Kate Ryan Reiling, an assistant coach at St. Thomas University.
-       Are one of three new additions to the WPSL’s Midwest-Central Division, along with the Chicago Red Stars Reserves and the Kansas City Courage.
 
ALL-TIME SERIES
-       This is the teams’ first meeting.
-       The teams meet again on June 7 in West Des Moines.
 
UP NEXT: AT HOME ON MAY 31
-       The Menace hosts its home opener against the Chicago Red Stars Reserves next Saturday (May 31) at Valley Stadium. The game starts at 4:30 p.m., preceding a 7:30 exhibition between the Menace men and the Minnesota United FC Reserves (NPSL).
 
 
Des Moines Menace 2014 WPSL Schedule
Saturday, May 24          at Minnesota TwinStars              4 p.m. at Mound Westonka High School
Saturday, May 31         Chicago Red Stars Reserves    4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
 
Saturday, June 1            at Madison 56ers                       4 p.m. at Reddan Soccer Park
Saturday, June 7         Minnesota TwinStars               4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Friday, June 13             at Fire and Ice SC                      7 p.m. at Columbia (Ill.) High School
Sunday, June 15            at Chicago Red Stars Reserves   Time and venue TBD
Saturday, June 21        Madison 56ers                          4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, June 28        Kansas City Courage               4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
 
Wednesday, July 9        at Kansas City Courage              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 Time and venue TBD
July 25 or July 26           WPSL Semifinals                       Chesapeake, Md.
Sunday, July 27             WPSL Championship                 Chesapeake, Md.
 
All game times are central 
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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