Carlan Samuelson (right) and the Menace hope to build on their success at home.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, May 30, 2014 – In its first two seasons, the Des Moines Menace women’s squad has been a terror for visiting opponents. At home, the team boasts an 8-1-0 record with four shutouts and a 35-7 scoring advantage.
The Menace women will try to keep their home dominance rolling tomorrow at 4:30 p.m., when they welcome the Chicago Red Stars Reserves to Valley Stadium. Right after its home opener, Des Moines hops on the bus for a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee in Madison, Wis.
A week after spoiling the Women’s Premier Soccer League debut for the host Minnesota TwinStars with a 3-1 win, the Menace gets another chance to be the first opponent for an expansion side. Tomorrow’s action is the inaugural match for the reserves of a Chicago team in the professional National Women’s Soccer League.
On Sunday, the Menace faces the Madison 56ers at Warner Soccer Park. In the Menace’s previous visit to Madison – on July 5, 2013 – the home team put the Menace’s playoff hopes in danger with a 2-1 comeback win in the final week of the WPSL regular season. The next day, the Menace clinched a playoff berth with a 1-0 win at Quad City, avenging the only home loss in Des Moines’ first two seasons (a 2-1 setback on June 22 at Valley Stadium).
WPSL regular-season match: Des Moines Menace v. Chicago Red Stars Reserves
Date and time: Saturday, May 31 at 4:30 p.m.
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Match followed by: Men’s exhibition at 7:30 p.m., between the Menace and the Minnesota United FC Reserves
WPSL regular-season match: Des Moines Menace at Madison 56ers
Date and time: Sunday, June 1 at 3 p.m.
Venue: Warner Soccer Park (grass) in Madison, Wis.
ABOUT THE MENACE
- Opened its second WPSL season on May 24 with a 3-1 win at Minnesota.
- Its roster features 13 returning players.
- Kevin Schalk is in his third year as the head coach.
ABOUT THE RED STARS RESERVES
- Enter their first season, as reserve squad of NWSL’s Chicago Red Stars.
- Feature 13 players with NCAA Division-I experience.
- Chris King is the head coach.
ABOUT THE 56ERS
- Open the season on Saturday, hosting the Minnesota TwinStars.
- Finished 2013 with 4-3-0 record, in fifth place in the WPSL Midwest Division.
- John Reddan is back for his second year as head coach.
- The WPSL squad was founded in 1997.
PREVIOUS MATCHES WITH RED STARS RESERVES
- This is the teams’ first meeting.
- The teams will meet again on June 15 in Chicago.
PREVIOUS MATCHES WITH 56ERS
- The teams split their series, 1-1-0, in 2013.
- Des Moines took the first meeting 2-1 in Des Moines on June 8, when Katie Hurd scored in the 90th minute to seal the win at Valley Stadium.
- Madison came from behind to win in the rematch on July 5. Holly Winter scored Des Moines’ lone goal in the 2-1 loss.
RECAP FROM MINNESOTA
- The Menace defeated the Minnesota TwinStars, 3-1, on Saturday, May 24.
- Lindsey Bardole, Jordyn Thompson, and Chelsea Cline (Woman of the Match) scored for Des Moines, which fell behind in the second minute.
UP NEXT: MINNESOTA, MENACE MEET AGAIN
- Des Moines will host the Minnesota TwinStars on June 7 at Valley Stadium. Game time is set for 4:30 p.m.
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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