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Menace, Chill battle for first place

Mueng Sunday (firing shot) and Nico Wright (left) led the Menace's second-half surge past Springfield last Saturday. Photo credit: Art Schramm Photography
 
 
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, June 27, 2014 – Any time the Des Moines Menace and the Thunder Bay Chill meet, a quality match is guaranteed. Throw in a battle for first place in the Premier Development League Heartland Division, and the temperature raises a few notches.
 
Sharing the division lead, Des Moines (5-1-0) and Thunder Bay (5-3-0) clash tomorrow and Sunday at Valley Stadium.
 
In their most recent encounter, the teams split a doubleheader two weeks ago. The Menace avoided a sweep on June 14, winning (3-2) for the first time in Thunder Bay in over five years.
 
Thunder Bay has held Des Moines’ number in recent years. Starting in the Menace’s 2009 division-championship season, Des Moines has gone 2-5-1 against the Chill at home. The Menace seeks its first home sweep of the Chill since 2006.
 
Less than a month remains in the PDL’s regular season. After this weekend, fans have just three more chances to catch the Menace in action at Valley Stadium: July 12 against St. Louis and July 18-19 against WSA Winnipeg.
 
 
 
PDL regular-season match: Thunder Bay Chill at Des Moines Menace
Date and time: Saturday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Presented by: YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Preceded by: 2014 Iowa High School All-Star Game (girls) at 2 p.m. and a 4:30 p.m. Women’s Premier Soccer League match between the Menace and the Kansas City Courage.
Promotion: Donate blood at Valley Stadium from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., and receive two free tickets. One ticket is valid for admission to all three games
 
PDL regular-season match: Thunder Bay Chill at Des Moines Menace
Date and time: Sunday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Presented by: Sterling Hotel and Suites
Preceded by: The 2014 Iowa high School All-Star Game (boys), starting at 5 p.m.
Promotion: Purchase a ticket for the high school all-star game; receive free admission for the Menace game.
 
 
ABOUT THE MENACE
-       Under second-year head coach Mike Jeffries, is 5-1-0 in its 21st season of PDL play.
-       Has conceded only five goals in PDL play (all scored by Thunder Bay) – tied for second best in the PDL.
-       Holds a 5-0-0 record when leading at half.
-       Has outscored PDL teams 9-1 in the first half – lone goal came in Thunder Bay on June 13. Holds a 6-4 edge in the second half.
-       Ralph Lundy leads the team with eight points, with three points (one goal and one assist) coming in the win at Thunder Bay on June 14.
-       Lundy is tied with Chris Hellmann for the team lead in goals (three).
-       Nico Wright, who scored and assisted two goals in last Saturday’s 4-0 win over Springfield, leads the team with three assists. Wright and Hellman are tied for the team’s second-highest points total (seven).
 
ABOUT THE CHILL
-       5-3-0 record – tied with Des Moines for the PDL Heartland Division lead.
-       Ivan Ocerin and Nolan Intermoia lead the team with nine points.
-       Is coming off two 3-0 home wins against WSA Winnipeg last weekend.
-       Is the reigning PDL regular-season champion and national runner-up.
-       Tony Colistro is in his 15th season as head coach.
 
ALL-TIME SERIES
-       Thunder Bay took over the series lead with three wins in 2013.
-       Series record (Des Moines-Thunder Bay-draws): 23-24-4.
-       Des Moines’ home record against Thunder Bay: 13-9-1
-       On June 13-14 in Thunder Bay, the Chill took the first game, 3-1, before Des Moines won its first game in Thunder Bay in over five years, 3-2.
 
PDL HONOR ROLL: MENACE MAKES IT THREE WEEKS IN A ROW
-       Nico Wright earned PDL Team of the Week honorable mention yesterday (Thursday, June 26) for his one-goal, two-assist performance in last Saturday’s 4-0 win over Springfield.
-       Chris Hellmann earned PDL Team of the Week honorable mention on June 19, for his two-goal weekend in Thunder Bay.
-       Captain Brandon Fricke was named to the PDL Team of the Week on June 12, after the defender scored in Des Moines’ 3-0 home win over the Chicago Inferno on June 7.
 
BUSY WEEKEND AT VALLEY STADIUM: FIVE GAMES, ONE BLOOD DRIVE
-       The Des Moines Menace is proud to partner with Megan’s Legacy and LifeServe Blood Center for the second Des Moines Menace Blood Drive. Any fans who donate blood on Saturday morning, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., receive two game tickets. Related link
-       The girls’ edition of the Iowa High School All-Star Game starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, followed by a 4:30 Women’s Premier Soccer League regular-season match between the Menace and the Kansas City Courage.
-       On Sunday, the boys’ Iowa High School All-Star Game kicks off at 5 p.m.
-       The all-star action is presented by Soccer Connections and organized by the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association. Related link, with team rosters
 
RECAP FROM LAST SATURDAY
-       Ralph Lundy, Nico Wright and Mueng Sunday (two) scored in a 4-0 home win over the Springfield Demize.
-       Des Moines took the inaugural Kum & Go Kup with the victory over Springfield.
-       Sunday’s goals were his first in the PDL.
 
UP NEXT: MENACE HEADS BACK TO CANADA
-       Des Moines travels to Manitoba for games against WSA Winnipeg on July 5-6.
-       The Menace’s next home game is July 12 against the St. Louis Lions.
 
 
 
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In 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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