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Women close with second-place battle


WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, July 11, 2014 –A win in tomorrow’s season finale would cement a second-place finish for the Des Moines Menace women.


Fire and Ice SC invades Valley Stadium tomorrow for a 4:30 Women’s Premier Soccer League match.


Looking to finish the season on a four-game winning streak, Des Moines (6-3-0) sits second in the Midwest-Central Division. Fire and Ice SC (5-2-1) is hot on the Menace’s heels in third place, just two points back and itching to vault ahead in the standings. A win by either side secures a second-place finish behind the undefeated Chicago Red Stars Reserves (9-0-1).


Menace’s head coach Kevin Schalk believes his team is up to the challenge.


“We know we have to win to secure second place, and that’s the goal,” Schalk said. “I think this group’s starting to bond, and I think they’re proud to be part of the Des Moines Menace, and doing their best to live up to the tradition of this organization, to live up to the standards.”


The Menace women already have a pair of top-two finishes. In 2012, the inaugural team took Women’s League Soccer by storm, winning the league with an aggregate score of 41-5. In 2013, the Menace finished second in the WPSL Midwest-Central Division to earn a postseason berth.


Playoffs are not a possibility this time around, as Chicago has clinched the Central’s lone playoff spot. Despite no playoff implications, the Menace can still finish with a better record than its 6-4-0 mark in 2013.


WPSL regular-season finale: Fire and Ice SC at Des Moines Menace

Date and time: Saturday, July 12 at 4:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Followed by: Premier Development League match between the Menace and the St. Louis Lions at 7:30 p.m.
-       6-3-0 – second in the WPSL Midwest Division standings with 18 points.
-       Haley Helverson leads the team with six goals.
-       Helverson, Autumn Hayes 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 19-8-0.
-       Is riding its first-ever three-game WPSL win streak.
-       5-2-1 – third in the WPSL Midwest Division standings with 16 points.
-       Is the reigning WPSL Midwest Division champion.
-       Finishes the season Sunday at Kansas City.
-       Kat Roe and Kelsey Dinges lead the team with two goals.
-       Lindsey Eversmeyer is the head coach.
-       Fire and Ice SC holds the overall series lead, 2-0.
-       This is the teams’ first meeting on the Menace’s home field.
-       In 2013, Fire and Ice defeated the Menace, 2-0, for the Midwest Division’s postseason title.
-       On June 13 in Columbia, Ill., Fire and Ice downed the Menace, 3-1.
WPSL STANDINGS (As of July 11)
-       Chicago Red Stars Reserves - 9-0-1, 28 points
-       Des Moines Menace - 6-3-0, 18 points
-       Fire and Ice - 5-2-1, 16 points
-       Minnesota TwinStars - 3-6-0, nine points
-       Kansas City Courage - 2-6-1, seven points
-       Madison 56ers - 0-8-1, one point
-       Des Moines beat the Kansas City Courage in Kansas City, Mo., 2-1.
-       Lauren Odino pulled the Menace even with a first-half goal.
-       The Courage put the ball into its own net for the game-winner in the 71st minute.
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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