The Menace hoists the Kum & Go Kup, as Kyle Krause, Menace owner and Kum & Go President and CEO looks on. Photo credit; Josie Patton
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, June 21, 2014 – The inaugural Kum & Go Kup belongs to the Des Moines Menace.
A convincing 4-0 thumping of the Springfield Demize tonight at Valley Stadium sealed the trophy rights for this annual rivalry prize. Immediately after the game, the Menace players rushed to the near sideline to receive the cup from Menace owner and Kum & Go President and CEO Kyle Krause.
Nico Wright and Mueng Sunday led the Menace (5-1-0) in this second and final leg of the season series. Wright scored a goal and assisted two more, and Sunday tallied his first two Premier Development League goals, as Des Moines thwarted 10-man Springfield (2-4-3).
“This game was important to us,” Sunday said. “We knew we were playing for the cup tonight in front of the home fans. As a player, that’s what you want, to lift the cup with your teammates.”
Menace points leader Ralphie Lundy (eight) opened the scoring in the 42nd minute, five minutes after Springfield captain Andrew Turner was ejected for a clattering slide tackle on Lundy.
With a cross pass, Wright set up Lundy’s score, and he doubled the lead in the 57th minute, when he sent a screamer into the roof of the goal. Springfield goalkeeper Yuma Nomura could do nothing except stand and watch as it blasted the net right behind his head.
Wright was not done. Ten minutes later, he assisted Sunday’s first score. Wright headed the ball across the box to Sunday, who controlled it with a couple touches before volleying a strike through traffic.
“It felt great,” Sunday said of the goal. “Nico could’ve easily taken the shot, but he gave it to me.”
Sunday closed the scoring in the 80th minute, driving in a shot from 25 yards out, off Nomura’s fingertips.
The Menace repeatedly pelted Nomura, who rose to the occasion with seven saves. Des Moines piled on a 25-4 shot advantage.
In the teams’ first meeting, the Menace opened the season with a 2-0 win in Missouri on May 17.
Des Moines shares the Heartland Division lead with Thunder Bay (5-3-0), which comes to town next weekend for a Saturday-Sunday double dip.
The Menace first travels to Wheaton, Ill., for a Tuesday-night clash with the Chicago Inferno.
“We knew we had business to take care of tonight,” said Sunday, a sophomore-to-be at Drake. “We’re trying to get sharper now, and get sharper with every game.”
MAN of the MATCH: Nico Wright, for the third time this season. Wright, a Jamaican who attends Fairleigh Dickinson (N.J.), is second on the team with seven points in PDL play (tied with Chris Hellmann and one behind Ralphie Lundy). A year ago, he led the Menace with three goals.
UP NEXT: The Menace hits the road for a Tuesday-night matchup with the Chicago Inferno. Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., is the site of the 7:30 p.m. match. Des Moines is at home next weekend, hosting the Thunder Bay Chill in a Saturday-Sunday (June 28-29) doubleheader at Valley Stadium.
The Menace hosts the Iowa high school all-star games, with the girls playing Saturday at 2 p.m. and the boys playing Sunday at 5 p.m. The Menace women host the Kansas City Courage on Saturday, at 4:30 p.m.
Match: Springfield Demize at Des Moines Menace
Date: Saturday, June 21, 2014
Competition: Premier Development League regular season; Second leg of the Kum & Go Kup
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 80s, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 1 3 4
SPR 0 0 0
MENACE – Ralphie Lundy (Nico Wright) 42:00; Wright (Grant Bell) 57:00; Mueng Sunday (Wright) 67:00; Sunday 80:00
Misconduct Summary: MENACE caution: Michael Semenza 68:00; SPR caution: Marco Stegman 82:00; SPR ejection: Andrew Turner 37:00
Stats Summary: MENACE / SPR
Shots: 25 / 4
Saves: 0 / 7
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2
Fouls: 8 / 6
Offside: 1 / 0
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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