Menace goalkeeper David Meves made his only save on this free kick by Ricardo Carvalho in the first half. Photo credit: Art Schramm Photography
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, June 7, 2014 – Three matches into the Premier Development League season, the Des Moines Menace has not surrendered a goal.
In its PDL home-opener tonight at Valley Stadium, the Menace extinguished the Chicago Inferno, 3-0, in the teams’ first meeting. Des Moines has outscored league foes 7-0.
“It’s great to go 3-0 in the league with three shutouts to start the season,” said Menace captain Brandon Fricke, who opened the scoring tonight. “It’s encouraging, to know we can hold teams, and to know we can create chances.”
Fricke’s goal, in the 32nd minute, was assisted by Jordan Becker. Following a corner kick by Ralphie Lundy, Becker used his head to win a 50/50 ball, and Fricke found his way through the chaos. He slid in and finished the goal with a poke to the center of the net.
Lundy tallied his first Menace goal six minutes later. He was in the right place at the right time, when a Chicago defender tried clearing the ball near the penalty spot. Lundy stuck his heel back, deflecting the ball, which trickled past Inferno goalkeeper Reece Richardson.
Chris Hellmann put away the match in the 51st minute. He trapped Mueng Sunday’s pass and dribbled to create a shot from 20 yards out. Hellmann powered home the finish for his first score in a Menace uniform.
“It was nice to get that third goal early in the second half and bury the game,” said Menace head coach Mike Jeffries.
In its previous two league matches, the Menace scored all of its goals in the first 20 minutes. On each occasion, the Menace quickly grabbed a 2-0 lead and cruised the rest of the way.
In the 64-team PDL, the Menace is the only team without a loss or a tie.
“We want to separate ourselves from the rest of the pack,” Fricke said. “We want to be the team to beat in the PDL.”
While Chicago (0-2-2) still seeks its first win of the season, the Menace sits atop the Heartland Division standings. Des Moines prepares for a Friday-Saturday doubleheader at arch-rival Thunder Bay.
“We feel good about ourselves,” said Jeffries. “We know we’re entering the busy stretch, with two big games next weekend.”
MAN of the MATCH: Brandon Fricke, who has scored in the Menace’s last two home games (July 20, 2013 against St. Louis). Fricke, a Grimes native, is in his fifth season with the Menace. He was a member of the 2013 all-PDL squad. He enters his senior season at Butler.
UP NEXT: THUNDER BAY DOUBLE
The Menace journeys to Thunder Bay, Ontario, next weekend for two games against the defending PDL finalist Chill. Games start at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, June 13, and Saturday, June 14.
Match: Chicago Inferno at Des Moines Menace
Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Valley Stadium in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 70s with clear skies
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 2 1 3
CHI 0 0 0
MENACE – Brandon Fricke (Jordan Becker) 32:00; Ralphie Lundy 38:00; Chris Hellmann 51:00
Stats Summary: MENACE / CHI
Shots: 17 / 7
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 5
Fouls: 5 / 5
Offside: 5 / 2
Misconduct Summary: CHI Cautions: Aldo Maiorano 18:00; Martin Lange 88:00
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. Entering its 21st season, the Menace men’s side competes in the 64-team United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL). The Menace’s women’s team played in the 2013 Women’s Premier Soccer League playoffs, after debuting as the Women’s League Soccer 2012 champions. 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 and tournaments.
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