Chris Hellmann (left) has scored the Menace's last two goals. Photo credit: Art Schramm Photography
THUNDER BAY, Canada – Friday, June 13, 2014 – It’s been exactly five years since the Des Moines Menace last tasted victory on the Thunder Bay Chill’s home field.
The Chill topped the Menace, 3-1, tonight at Chapples Park, snapping Des Moines’ perfect start to the 2014 Premier Development League season. The teams rematch here tomorrow night at 7:30 EDT.
Thunder Bay’s Ivan Ocerin, Nolan Intermoia and Simon Krougnima scored the first goals allowed by the Menace (3-1-0) in league play. Ocerin scored off-frame in the 14th minute, and the defending PDL finalists padded the lead late in the match. Intermoia made good on a penalty kick in the 73rd minute, and Krougnima scored on a counter attack in the 85th.
The Menace’s goal arrived in second-half stoppage time, when Chris Hellmann converted a penalty kick.
Des Moines’ last win here, also by a 3-1 count, came on June 13, 2009. That result stood as Thunder Bay’s most recent home loss, until one week ago, when the St. Louis Lions knocked off the Chill, 2-1.
In the last five seasons, Thunder Bay has outscored Des Moines 24-5 in eight home matches (7-0-1).
The Chill improves to 3-2-0, a year after securing the PDL’s regular-season championship with a 12-1-1 mark. Thunder Bay has advanced to the league’s semifinals four of the last six seasons, appearing in three finals (2008, 2010 and 2013) and winning it all in 2008.
MAN of the MATCH: Dylan Lax, for 90 minutes of intense play in the midfield. Lax, a native of Columbus, Ind., plays collegiately for Indiana.
UP NEXT: After tomorrow night, the Menace plays three of its next four matches at home. Des Moines will be back at Valley Stadium next Saturday (June 21), hosting the Springfield Demize in the second and final leg of the Kum & Go Kup. The Menace hits the road for a June 24 match at Chicago, and returns for June 28-29 doubleheader with Thunder Bay.
Match: Des Moines Menace at Thunder Bay Chill
Date: Friday, June 13, 2014
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Chapples Park (grass) in Thunder Bay, Ontario
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. EDT
Weather: 60s with clear skies
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 1 1
TB 1 2 3
MENACE – Chris Hellman PK 90:00+
TB – Ivan Ocerin 14:00; Nolan Intermoia PK 73:00; Simon Kougnima 85:00
Misconduct Summary: MENACE cautions: Dylan Lax 27:00; TB cautions: Simon Kougnima 73:00
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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