Alec Bartlett (4) and Nico Wright (20) got the Menace past Thunder Bay, 1-0. Photo credit: Art Schramm Photography
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, June 28, 2014 – The Premier Development League’s Heartland Division has a sole leader…for at least one night.
In a battle for first place, the Des Moines Menace edged the Thunder Bay Chill, 1-0, tonight at Valley Stadium. These heated rivals rematch tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.
Chris Hellmann’s team-leading fourth goal was the difference. In the 56th minute, Sean Dong played in a ball from the right-side end line. Thunder Bay goalkeeper Daniel Alvarado missed the ball on his diving attempt, and Hellmann slid in to poke the ball into the wide-open goal mouth.
This is the fifth PDL shutout win for the Menace (6-1-0). Goalkeeper Paul Blanchette earned the clean sheet in his Menace debut.
“It was a good team win,” defender Alec Bartlett said. “I thought we performed well. We got the goal and stayed on top. I thought we held our intensity well and fended off any of their chances.”
The Menace seeks its first home sweep of the Chill since 2006. These teams split a doubleheader in Thunder Bay two weeks ago, and the all-time series, in its 15th year, is deadlocked at 24-24-4.
“Tomorrow, they’re going to come out angry,” Bartlett said of the Chill. “If we get these six points, the sky’s the limit for us. We could put ourselves in the driver’s seat. That’s ultimately what we want, to control our own destiny.”
Midway through its PDL schedule, the Menace sits atop the Heartland Division. The defending PDL finalist Chill (5-4-0) is in second place, followed by St. Louis (3-2-3) and Springfield (3-4-3).
MAN of the MATCH: Alec Bartlett.for his role in the Menace defense’s shutout. Bartlett, a native of Overland Park, Kan., is going to be a redshirt junior this fall for Drake.
UP NEXT: The Menace and the Chill are back at it tomorrow (Sunday) at 7:30 p.m. The match follows the Iowa High School All-Star Game (boys), which kicks off at 5 p.m.
Match: Thunder Bay Chill at Des Moines Menace
Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. CDT (one-hour delay due to lightning)
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 1 1
TB 0 0 0
MENACE – Chris Hellmann (Sean Dong) 56:00
Misconduct Summary: MENACE caution: Grant Bell 53:00; TB caution: Declan Rodriguez 35:00
Stats Summary: MENACE / TB
Shots: 8 / 7
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 4
Fouls: 12 / 9
Offside: 4 / 2
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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