Photo credit: Art Schramm Photography
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, June 20, 2014 – Reeling from an unfriendly weekend, the Des Moines Menace women’s team tries to avoid a franchise first: three straight losses.
The Menace (3-3-0) attempts to get back to its winning ways tomorrow, hosting the Madison 56ers (0-4-1). Des Moines won the first meeting in Madison, 3-0, on June 1. Nicole Pearson opened the scoring in the 20th minute, and Haley Helverson tacked on a pair of second-half goals.
Last weekend, Des Moines took to the road for a couple battles for first place in the Women’s Premier Soccer League Midwest-Central Division, only to come back empty handed. In Friday’s game, the Menace was handed a 3-1 loss to Fire and Ice SC in Columbia, Ill. After taking Saturday to travel north to Lisle, Ill., Des Moines raced out to a 2-0 lead, but allowed six unanswered goals in a 6-2 loss to the Chicago Red Stars Reserves.
The Menace will be at home for three of its final four games. On June 28, Des Moines hosts Kansas City, and following a Saturday off, takes on Fire and Ice SC in the regular-season finale on July 12.
WPSL regular-season match: Madison 56ers at Des Moines Menace
Date and time: Saturday, June 21 at 4:30 p.m.
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Followed by: Premier Development League match between the Menace and the Springfield Demize at 7:30 p.m.
Promotion: $5 admission for fans wearing red
ABOUT THE MENACE
- 3-3-0 – third in the WPSL Midwest Division standings with nine points.
- Haley Helverson leads the team with three goals.
- Entered its third season with a 13-5-0 mark (6-4-0 in the 2013 WPSL season).
- Kevin Schalk is in his third year as the head coach.
ABOUT THE 56ers
- 0-4-1 – sixth in the WPSL Midwest Division standings.
- Saturday’s game will be the back end of a two-game road trip (Friday at Kansas City Courage)
- Finished 2013 with 4-3-0 record, in fifth place in the WPSL Midwest Division.
- John Reddan is back for his second year as head coach.
- Des Moines leads the series, 2-1.
- The Menace took the first meeting of the 2014 season, 3-0, in Madison on June 1.
RECAP FROM LAST WEEKEND
- The Menace fell to Fire and Ice SC, 3-1, on Friday and the Chicago Red Stars Reserves, 6-2 on Sunday.
- Haley Helverson tallied the only Menace goal against Fire and Ice SC.
- Jordan Bishop and Mercy Darkoah gave Des Moines a 2-0 lead before the Red Stars Reserves scored six unanswered goals.
UP NEXT: KANSAS CITY COURAGE
- Des Moines takes on the first-year Kansas City Courage on Saturday, June 28.
- The game will follow the Iowa girl’s high school all-star game (2 p.m.)
Des Moines Menace 2014 WPSL Schedule
Saturday, May 24 at Minnesota TwinStars W, 3-1
Saturday, May 31 Chicago Red Stars Reserves L, 0-3
Saturday, June 1 at Madison 56ers W, 3-0
Saturday, June 7 Minnesota TwinStars W, 1-0
Friday, June 13 at Fire and Ice SC L, 1-3
Sunday, June 15 at Chicago Red Stars Reserves L, 2-6
Saturday, June 21 Madison 56ers 4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, June 28 Kansas City Courage 4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Wednesday, July 9 at Kansas City Courage 7 p.m. at Bourke Field, Rockhurst University
Saturday, July 12 Fire and Ice SC 4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, July 19 Midwest Regional Championship Time and venue TBD
July 25 or July 26 WPSL Semifinals Chesapeake, Md.
Sunday, July 27 WPSL Championship Chesapeake, Md.
All game times are central
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 in their second season in the WPSL, a national league with more than 70 teams. Entering 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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