Nico Wright (left) and Sean Dong (right) celebrate with Ralphie Lundy, following his goal in the Menace's 3-0 win over Chicago on June 7. Photo credit: Art Schramm Photography
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, June 13, 2014 – The Des Moines Menace’s current form and the Thunder Bay Chill’s record-ending loss could spark two high-intensity games.
With a weekend doubleheader in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Des Moines will try to keep its perfect Premier Development League record intact, while Thunder Bay will face another tough test after losing its first regular-season home match since June 2009.
The only unbeaten and untied team in the PDL, Des Moines sits at 3-0-0 (nine points, second in the Heartland Division) with seven goals scored and none conceded in league play. The defense has been stifling opponents, calling on goalkeeper David Meves to make just three saves in the three games.
On Friday (June 6), Thunder Bay suffered its first regular-season home loss in nearly five years – the last being a 3-1 loss to Des Moines on June 13, 2009, five years ago today. St. Louis upset the 10-man Chill, 2-1, after starting goalkeeper Daniel Alvardo was sent off late in the game. Missing Alvarado the next night, the Chill rebounded against visiting Springfield, 1-0.
Thunder Bay is coming off a season of dominance. The Chill boasted a 12-1-1 record on the way to becoming the PDL regular-season champions. Its year finished with a loss in the PDL final to the host Austin Aztex, 3-1, on Aug. 4.
The Menace and the Chill will meet again in two weeks, when Thunder Bay, now 2-2-0 in PDL – fourth in the Heartland Division with six points – starts a five-game, eight-day road trip. Des Moines hosts the Chill on June 28 and 29, and then Thunder Bay travels to Chicago, Springfield and St. Louis.
Before seeing the Chill again, the Menace will finish the second leg of the Kum & Go Kup with the Springfield Demize next Saturday (June 21) at Valley Stadium. Des Moines leads the Kum & Go Kup standings with a 2-0 win on May 17 in Missouri.
PDL regular-season match: Des Moines Menace at Thunder Bay Chill
Date and time: Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14, 2014
Venue: Chapples Park (grass) in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada at 7:30 p.m. EDT
ABOUT THE MENACE
- 3-0-0 – second in the PDL Heartland Division.
- Seven goals scored, none conceded.
- Sean Hoek (two goals) and Ralphie Lundy (one goal, two assists) lead the team with four points.
- Can take over first place in the Heartland Division with two wins against Thunder Bay.
- Mike Jeffries is in his second year as head coach.
- Entered its 21st season with a 187-112-31 PDL record.
ABOUT THE CHILL
- 2-2-0 in 15th season of PDL play – fourth in the PDL Heartland Division.
- Vitor Huvos, Nolan Intermoia, and Arturo Rodriguez Prat lead the team with one goal.
- Tony Colistro is in his 15th season as head coach.
- Lost first PDL home regular-season match in nearly five years on Friday (2-0 to St. Louis) – Its prior loss was against Des Moines (3-1) on June 13, 2009.
- The 2013 PDL finalist – lost 3-1 to the Austin Aztex on Aug. 4.
- The 2013 PDL regular-season champion (12-1-1 record, 35 points).
- Has been to the PDL postseason in each of the past last seven years – advancing to the PDL final four in four of last six seasons.
- Thunder Bay took over the series lead with three wins in 2013.
- Friday night’s game marks the five-year anniversary of Des Moines’ last win in Thunder Bay (3-1).
- Series record (Des Moines-Thunder Bay-Draws): 22-23-4 – Des Moines is 6-15-4 against the Chill in the last eight seasons.
- Des Moines’ record in Thunder Bay: 9-14-3 – 0-6-1 since 2009.
- Since 2009, the Menace is 2-4-1 at home against the Chill.
- Aggregate scoring falls to Des Moines: 91-77.
RECAP FROM LAST SATURDAY
- The Menace kept cool against the Chicago Inferno, 3-0, in the PDL home opener.
- Goals from Brandon Fricke, Ralphie Lundy and Chris Hellman spurred the Menace in a dominant performance.
UP NEXT: KUM & GO KUP, NEXT SATURDAY
- Des Moines hosts the Springfield Demize in the second (and final) leg of the Kum & Go Kup, next Saturday (June 21).
- Des Moines leads the season series with a 2-0 win after the May 17 meeting in Springfield, Mo.
- Saturday, June 21 is “Paint the Stadium Red” Night, presented by CBRE/Hubbell. Fans wearing red receive $5 admission.
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In 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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