Chelsea Cline made good on this PK attempt, and the Menace won 2-0 over Fire and Ice SC. Photo credit: Joe Nalefski
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, July 12, 2014 – A second-place finish and a four-match winning streak punctuate the 2014 season for the Des Moines Menace women.
The Menace concluded the Women’s Premier Soccer League schedule on a high note, dropping Fire and Ice SC, 2-0, this afternoon at Valley Stadium.
“I’m ecstatic, very happy for this group,” said Menace head coach Kevin Schalk. “The team was just starting to click. Unfortunately, we ran out of games. This team has a whole lot to be proud of.”
Maddie Nelson and Chelsea Cline scored the goals in the 32nd and 35th minutes, and Des Moines (7-3-0) got the result it needed to edge Fire and Ice (5-3-1) for second place in the final standings of the WPSL Midwest-Central Division. The undefeated Chicago Red Stars Reserves (9-0-1) wrapped up the division’s lone playoff spot.
With a chip from 30 yards out, Autumn Hayes assisted Nelson, who collected the ball just inside the 18-yard box. Nelson grabbed her first Menace goal, slotting the ball past onrushing goalkeeper Hannah Poteet.
Cline converted a penalty kick set up when Lauren Odino was fouled from behind.
The Menace entered today’s second-place battle without five of its starters from Wednesday’s 2-1 win at Kansas City, and for good reason: midfielder Lindsey Bardole got married today to husband Rich Bywater.
Des Moines’ supporting cast stepped it up, helping the Menace earn its first win over Fire and Ice. The St. Louis-area team knocked the Menace out of the 2013 WPSL playoffs, and they got the upper hand last month at home.
This was Schalk’s final game on the Des Moines sideline. After starting this program and guiding it to a 20-10-0 run highlighted by the 2012 Women’s League Soccer championship, Schalk is pursuing new opportunities in New York.
“I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished here,” Schalk said. “I’d like to thank everybody for giving us this opportunity. I believe the future’s bright for this program.”
WOMAN of the MATCH: Chelsea Cline, for the second time this season. The Des Moines native and UCLA graduate scored two goals this season – both on penalty kicks.
Match: Fire and Ice SC at Des Moines Menace
Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 80s, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 2 0 2
F&I 0 0 0
MENACE – Maddie Nelson (Autumn Hayes) 32:00; Chelsea Cline (penalty kick) 35:00
Final 2014 WPSL Results, Des Moines Menace
(7-3-0 overall: 4-1-0 home; 3-2-0 away)
Saturday, May 24 at Minnesota TwinStars W, 3-1
Saturday, May 31 Chicago Red Stars Reserves L, 0-3
Saturday, June 1 at Madison 56ers W, 3-0
Saturday, June 7 Minnesota TwinStars W, 1-0
Friday, June 13 at Fire and Ice SC L, 1-3
Sunday, June 15 at Chicago Red Stars Reserves L, 2-6
Saturday, June 21 Madison 56ers W, 2-0
Saturday, June 28 Kansas City Courage W, 3-2
Wednesday, July 9 at Kansas City Courage W, 2-1
Saturday, July 12 Fire and Ice SC W, 2-0
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 have completed 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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