LISLE, Ill. – Sunday, June 15, 2014 – Everything seemed to be going the Des Moines Menace ladies’ way in the early going today against the Chicago Red Stars Reserves. Riding goals from Jordan Bishop and Mercy Darkoah in the 20th and 25th minutes, the Menace had a 2-0 lead and high hopes for a payback win.
The Red Stars Reserves quickly crushed those hopes. They scored twice before halftime and racked up four more scores in a 6-2 Women’s Premier Soccer League victory at the Benedictine University Sports Complex.
“It was great,” Menace head coach Kevin Schalk said of the fast start. “We came out and did everything we wanted to do. We were missing five or six of our starters, so we changed up the formation a bit to suit what we were working with. We played well.”
The Red Stars’ comeback started with a successful penalty kick in the 35th minute, and it continued with a goal in stoppage time, just before the end of the first half.
Chicago broke the tie with goals in the 53rd and 59th minutes, deflating a Menace team whose weekend opened with a 3-1 loss Friday night to Fire and Ice SC, in Columbia, Ill.
“After they took the lead, everything started to dissolve for us,” Schalk said. “Communication started breaking down, and after that it was just ‘survival mode.’ We had tired legs and we made some mistakes.”
Its record evened at 3-3-0, the Menace looks to regroup and finish on a strong note. Des Moines will be at home for three of its final four matches, including a matchup this Saturday (June 21) with the Madison 56ers.
“Now we have to focus on winning out, and we’re going to see how everything shakes out,” Schalk said. “We get back home, get back to work, get healthy again, and we try to grind it out.”
Chicago remains undefeated, at 5-0-1. The Red Stars Reserves opened their inaugural WPSL season by spoiling the Menace’s home opener with a 3-0 win on May 31.
Today’s WPSL action was preceded by a professional, National Women’s Soccer League match. With goals in the 60th and 63rd minutes, Sky Blue FC (N.J.) erased the Chicago Red Stars’ 2-0 halftime lead, and the match ended in a 2-2 draw.
WOMAN of the MATCH: Jordan Bishop, for her goal and for another 90-minute performance. Bishop, an Iowa State grad who has been a veteran leader for the Menace all three seasons, was a WPSL all-conference first-teamer in 2013.
UP NEXT: Des Moines hosts the Madison 56ers next Saturday (June 21), for a 4:30 p.m. match followed by a 7:30 Premier Development League matchup between the Menace and the Springfield Demize – the second and final leg of the Kum & Go Kup. The matches are presented by CBRE/Hubbell, and fans wearing red receive $5 admission.
Match: Des Moines Menace at Chicago Red Stars Reserves
Date: Sunday, June 15, 2014
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Venue: Benedictine University Sports Complex (turf) in Lisle, Ill.
Kickoff: 4 p.m. CDT
Weather: 70s, cloudy and windy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 2 0 2
CHI 2 4 6
MENACE: Jordan Bishop 20:00; Mercy Darkoah 25:00
CHI – PK 34:00; 45:00+; 53:00; 59:00; 78:00; 89:00
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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