Haley Helverson opened the scoring with this goal in the 12th minute. Photo credit: Joe Nalefski
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, June 28, 2014 – Just when the Des Moines Menace women needed a spark, their captain delivered.
Haley Helverson scored her fifth and sixth goals, and she assisted Marissa Hurt’s game-winner in the 82nd minute, as the Menace finished off the pesky Kansas City Courage, 3-2, at Valley Stadium. The win keeps Des Moines (5-3-0) in the hunt for the Women’s Premier Soccer League playoffs.
“It’s a good feeling,” Helverson said. “The girls helped a lot; it’s a team thing. I was just lucky enough to put some goals away.”
With breakaway scores in the 12th and 17th minutes, the speedy Helverson helped Des Moines race to a 2-0 lead. For the first score, Hurt’s through ball found Helverson 40 yards out from the goal. The Des Moines native dribbled in and beat Courage goalkeeper Emma Crenshaw in a one-on-one encounter.
The second goal came on a rare goalkeeper assist. Menace goalie Kelsey Brouwer cleared her lines with a punt that took two bounces, and Helverson collected the ball behind the defense. She calmly sent a strike from 18 yards out and put her team up 2-0.
The lead didn’t last. The first-year Courage (2-3-1) headed in a pair of corner kicks, evening the match on goals from Jamie Nilica (34th minute) and Taylor Geis (66th minute).
“I think we just lost our composure,” said Helverson. “Our confidence was too high, and we let them get around us.”
Going from finisher to playmaker, Helverson set up the Menace’s game-winning goal. After working the touch line, she sent a cross through the box. Waiting by the back post, Hurt one-timed a finish to give Des Moines the lead for good.
Down to its final two matches, Des Moines remains in contention for the WPSL Midwest-Central Division’s lone playoff spot. The Chicago Red Stars Reserves (6-0-1) stayed undefeated with a win today against Minnesota.
WOMAN of the MATCH: Haley Helverson, for the third time this season. A West Des Moines Valley grad prepping for her junior season at Minnesota, Helverson leads the team with six goals and 14 points.
UP NEXT: The Menace is off until a match at Kansas City on July 9. Des Moines closes the season at home on July 12 against Fire and Ice S.C.
Match: Kansas City Courage at Des Moines Menace
Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: Started at 4:20 p.m. CDT; stopped at 4:23 due to lightning; resumed at 5:40
Weather: 80s, stormy with a lightning delay
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 2 1 3
KC 1 1 2
MENACE – Haley Helverson (Marissa Hurt) 12:00; Helverson (Kelsey Brouwer) 19:00; Hurt (Helverson) 82:00
KC – Jamie Nilica 34:00; Taylor Geis 66:00
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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