Photo credit: Joe Nalefski
COLUMBIA, Ill. – Friday, June 13, 2014 – Fire and Ice SC, the team that ended the Des Moines Menace’s 2013 playoff run, got the upper hand in the sides’ second meeting.
Following a 3-1 loss tonight at Columbia High School, the Menace (3-2-0) looks to bounce back Sunday afternoon against the Chicago Red Stars Reserves.
Haley Helverson’s team-leading third goal was a bright spot tonight for the Menace, which hoped to avenge a loss to Fire and Ice in the 2013 Women’s Premier Soccer League playoffs. Last July, this team from suburban St. Louis dispatched the Menace, 2-0, in the battle for the Midwest Division championship.
The home side took a 2-0 halftime lead, which was cut in half by Helverson, who moved at halftime from the back row to up front. Following Helverson’s score in the 53rd minute, Fire and Ice (3-1-1) fended off the visitors, sealing the match with an insurance goal in the 76th minute.
“After they scored a couple quick ones, I thought we calmed down and outplayed them, but just didn’t get the job done,” said Menace head coach Kevin Schalk. “ The last twenty minutes of the first half and all of the second half, I thought we did what we need to do.
“You put this game in a nutshell, it came down to a lack of communication in our defensive third, and it cost us,” Schalk said. “We just need to organize a little better and a little bit quicker, and that will solve all our issues.”
The Menace gets another chance at payback. The Chicago Red Stars Reserves (3-0-0) spoiled Des Moines’ home opener, 3-0, on May 31. These teams meet again on Sunday at 4 p.m., in a match that follows a National Women’s Soccer League match between the Chicago Red Stars and Sky Blue FC.
“It will be a good experience for some of our kids to see what they’re aspiring to,” Schalk said of the pro match. “We’re excited to see Chicago again, and I think we’ll be ready to go, and we’ll try to end this weekend on a positive note.”
After Sunday, the Menace plays three of its final four WPSL matches at home. The team plays at Valley Stadium the next two Saturdays (June 21 and 28) and closes the season on July 12, welcoming Fire and Ice to West Des Moines for the first time.
WOMAN of the MATCH: Haley Helverson, for scoring her team-best third goal. Helverson, a West Des Moines Valley grad who plays collegiately for Minnesota, was named to the WPSL all-conference second team a year ago.
UP NEXT: After a day of travel, the Menace meets the Chicago Red Stars Reserves on Sunday. The Benedictine University Sports Complex in Lisle, Ill., is the site of the 4 p.m. match.
Match: Des Moines Menace at Fire and Ice SC
Date: Friday, June 13, 2014
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Venue: Columbia High School (turf) in Columbia, Ill.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CDT
Weather: 70s with sunny skies
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 1 1
F&I 2 1 3
MENACE: Haley Helverson 53:00
F&I: Gayla Foster 15:00; Mary Beth Gorham 20:00; Scorer not identified 76:00
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. In 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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