Chelsea Cline has made a positive mark in her first season with her hometown team. Photo credit: Joe Nalefski
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, June 27, 2014 –Sitting third in the division standings, the Des Moines Menace women (4-3-0, 12 points) will need as many points as possible over their final three games, starting with tomorrow’s 4:30 p.m. game against the first-year Kansas City Courage at Valley Stadium.
With only one playoff spot up for grabs in the Women’s Premier Soccer League’s Midwest-Central Division, a three-team race is breaking away in the regular season’s final weeks.
In 2013, each division of the WPSL Midwest – the Central and the Great Lakes – sent its top two teams to the playoffs. In 2014, only the top team from each division qualifies. The Midwest Regional champion will be crowned when the two division winners meet on July 19. The winner advances to the WPSL semifinals.
With a win, Des Moines could close the gap with the undefeated Chicago Red Stars Reserves (5-0-1, 16 points). Fire and Ice SC has the weekend off, but is in second with 13 points (4-1-1). Kansas City (2-2-1) is in fourth with seven points.
The Menace has next week off before traveling to Kansas City to take on the Courage once again on July 9. Des Moines wraps up the season on Saturday, July 12, when Fire and Ice S.C. – the team that knocked the Menace out of the 2013 playoffs – visits Valley Stadium.
WPSL regular-season match: Kansas City Courage at Des Moines Menace
Date and time: Saturday, June 28 at 4:30 p.m.
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Preceded by: The Iowa High School All-Star Game (girls) at 2 p.m.
Followed by: Premier Development League match between the Menace and the Thunder Bay Chill at 7:30 p.m.
Promotion: Donate blood at Valley Stadium (blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and receive two free tickets for Saturday’s tripleheader
ABOUT THE MENACE
- 4-3-0 – third in the WPSL Midwest Division standings with 12 points.
- Haley Helverson has scored four goals in the last five games to lead the team.
- Kevin Schalk is in his third year as the head coach.
ABOUT THE COURAGE
- 2-2-1 – fourth in the WPSL Midwest Division standings with seven points
- Saturday’s game starts a two-game road trip for the Courage (Sunday at Minnesota TwinStars).
- Joined the WPSL in the offseason.
- Wendy Louque is team’s first head coach.
RECAP FROM LAST SATURDAY
- The Menace completed the season sweep of the Madison 56ers at Valley Stadium.
- Haley Helverson and Autumn Hayes each tallied a goal and an assist in the 2-0 win.
UP NEXT: KANSAS CITY COURAGE, ROUND II
- After a week off, the Menace travels to Kansas City for a July 9 game.
- Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at the Bourke Field on the Rockford University campus.
- The Menace finishes the regular season on Saturday, July 12 at Valley Stadium.
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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