Photo credit: Art Schramm Photography
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, May 31, 2014 – A week after spoiling one team’s inaugural Women’s Premier Soccer League match, the Des Moines Menace fell prey in another WPSL team’s debut. The Chicago Red Stars Reserves foiled Des Moines’ home opener, 3-0, tonight at Valley Stadium.
With a pair of goals early in the second half, the Red Stars Reserves took control of their first match. They dealt the Menace ladies their second straight home loss, after Des Moines was victorious in its first eight home outings.
Chicago’s initial goal came on a penalty kick converted by Crystal Thomas in the 35th minute. The lead expanded in the 53rd and 55th minutes.
Janelle Flaws found the net on a breakaway opportunity, created by Nicky Waldeck, who scored her own breakaway goal two minutes later, after Paige Jorsombeck cleared the Menace’s backline.
Des Moines’ usually powerful offense was held in check for most of the night. The home team’s best scoring chances came right after halftime, when consecutive corner kicks threatened to even the game. The visitors rose to the occasion each time, preserving the clean sheet.
At home, the Menace has boasted an 8-2-0 record against all opponents, including four shutouts and an aggregate scoreline of 35-7. In last year’s home opener, the Menace came back against WSA Winnipeg to keep its home record at perfect with a 3-2 win.
Des Moines will try to salvage the weekend with a short turnaround. The Menace is headed to Madison tonight for tomorrow’s 3 p.m. WPSL fixture against the 56ers.
A week from today, the Menace returns to Valley Stadium for a rematch with the Minnesota TwinStars – the team Des Moines defeated, 3-1, a week ago in the teams’ season-opener.
WOMAN of the MATCH: Kira Lazenby, for her numerous, timely saves to keep Des Moines in the game. Lazenby is a third-year member of the Menace from West Jordan, Utah, who played for Northwest Missouri State.
UP NEXT: AT HOME NEXT SATURDAY
Des Moines hosts the Minnesota TwinStars on June 7 at Valley Stadium. It’s Youth Soccer Night, when youth-soccer and high-school players, coaches and referees receive free admission for a doubleheader. The women’s match starts at 4:30 p.m. and is following by a 7:30 p.m. Premier Development League match between the Menace and the Chicago Inferno. The games are presented by the Iowa Soccer Association.
Match: Chicago Red Stars Reserves at Des Moines Menace
Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 80s with sunny skies
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 0 0
CHI 1 2 3
CHI – Chrystal Thomas PK 35:00; Janelle Flaws (Nicky Waldeck) 53:00; Waldeck (Paige Jorsombeck) 55:00
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 are back for their second season in the 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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