Holly Winter (right) and the Menace seek their first home win since this exhibition with the Iowa Rush on June 15, 2013.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, June 6, 2014 – Trying to shake off two straight home losses, the Des Moines Menace women’s squad aims to rebound with a series sweep.
The Menace, which lost its 2013 home finale and its 2014 home opener, looks to get back to its winning ways tomorrow at Valley Stadium against the Minnesota TwinStars. The 4:30 p.m. match comes two weeks after the Menace spoiled the TwinStars’ inaugural Women’s Premier Soccer League match.
On May 24 in Minnesota, the Menace rallied for a 3-1 season-opening win, with goals from Lindsey Bardole, Jordyn Thompson and Chelsea Cline. A week later, Des Moines lost to another team making its WPSL debut. The Chicago Red Stars Reserves saddled the Menace with a 3-0 loss last Saturday at Valley Stadium.
Des Moines quickly bounced back. In Madison the next day, the Madison earned a 3-0 win over the 56ers.Nicole Pearson opened the scoring in the 20th minute, and Haley Helverson netted a pair of second-half scores.
WPSL regular-season match: Minnesota TwinStars at Des Moines Menace
Date and time: Saturday, June 7 at 4:30 p.m.
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Match followed by: Premier Development League match at 7:30 p.m., between the Menace and the Chicago Inferno
Promotion: Free admission for youth-soccer and high-school players, coaches and referees
ABOUT THE MENACE
- 2-1-0 – tied for first in WPSL Midwest Division standings with six points.
- Seeks its first season-series sweep in WPSL action.
- Entered its third season with a 13-5-0 mark (6-4-0 in the 2013 WPSL season).
- Haley Helverson leads the team in scoring with two goals. Katie Hurd leads the team with two assists.
- Kevin Schalk is in his third year as the head coach.
ABOUT THE TWINSTARS
- 2-2-0 in their first WPSL season.
- Are led by head coach Kate Ryan Reiling.
- Lost their last game, 5-0, at Chicago Red Stars.
- Des Moines won the inaugural meeting, 3-1, on May 24 in W
- Lindsey Bardole, Jordyn Thompson and Chelsea Cline scored.
- In its WPSL debut, Minnesota scored in the match’s second minute.
- Youth Soccer Night, presented by the Iowa Soccer Association.
- Free admission for youth and high-school players (in team jersey or shirt), coaches (showing coaching pass) and referees (showing badge).
RECAP FROM LAST WEEKEND
- The Menace lost to Chicago Red Stars, 3-0, in its home opener on Saturday, May 31.
- Des Moines rebounded with a 3-0 win at Madison on Sunday, June 1.
- Nicole Pearson and Haley Helverson (two goals) scored in the win.
UP NEXT: TWO MATCHES IN ILLINOIS
- The Menace plays Fire and Ice SC on Friday, June 13 in Columbia, Ill., at 7 p.m.
- Des Moines seeks payback against the Chicago Red Stars Reserves on Sunday, June 15; time and venue are not set.
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 in 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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