Marissa Hurt scored the game-winner in the Menace's last outing -- a 3-2 result against Kansas City on June 28. Photo credit: Joe Nalefski
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Wednesday, July 9, 2014 –Sitting at 5-3-0 with two games remaining, the Des Moines Menace women’s squad has the opportunity to secure a winning record for the third time in their three seasons.
Tonight’s 6 o’clock game against the Kansas City Courage may not have any Women’s Premier Soccer League playoff implications, but the Menace can still pull together another positive result in the team’s last road trip.
The Menace aims for another season above .500.In 2012, the inaugural Menace won the Women’s League Soccer title with a 7-1-0 record; in 2013, the team finished 6-4-0.
In its most recent action, Des Moines squashed a comeback attempt by the Courage (2-5-1) on June 28 at Valley Stadium. Goals by Haley Helverson granted the Menace a 2-0 in the first 20 minutes, but the Courage tied it up in the 66th minute. Marissa Hurt’s 82nd-minute strike, assisted by Helverson, proved to be the difference in a 3-2 Menace win.
Saturday is the last chance to see the 2014 Menace, as Fire and Ice SC comes to Valley Stadium for the season finale. Des Moines has been on the losing end in two tries against Fire and Ice SC, 3-1 on June 13 in Columbia, Ill., and 2-0 in the 2013 WPSL Midwest Region championship.
WPSL regular-season match: Des Moines Menace at Kansas City Courage
Date and time: Wednesday, July 9 at 6 p.m. CDT
Venue: Bourke Field, Rockhurst University (turf) in Kansas City, Mo.
ABOUT THE MENACE
- 5-3-0 – third in the WPSL Midwest Division standings with 15 points.
- Haley Helverson has scored six goals (all in the last six games) to lead the team.
- Helverson and Katie Hurd lead the team in assists (two).
- Kevin Schalk is in his third year as the head coach, with an all-time record of 18-8-0.
- Has played teams even in the first half (7-7) and second half (8-8).
- With a win tonight, would secure its first three-game WPSL winning streak.
ABOUT THE COURAGE
- 2-5-1 – fifth in the WPSL Midwest Division standings with seven points
- Joined the WPSL in the offseason.
- Wendy Louque is team’s first head coach.
- Des Moines took the first ever meeting on June 28, 3-2.
- Haley Helverson scored two goals and assisted Marissa Hurt’s game-winning goal.
UP NEXT: SEASON FINALE
- The Menace wraps up the season with Fire and Ice SC on Saturday (July 12) at 4:30.
- The Menace’s Premier Development League squad will be battling for the Heartland Division title on Saturday at 7:30. Fans receive two games for the price of one.
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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