Chris Hellmann opened the scoring and assisted two more goals in the victory. Photo credit: Art Schramm Photography
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, July 18, 2014 – Chris Hellmann added to his team-leading totals, four players scored their first goals in a Des Moines Menace uniform, and a 5-0 romp over WSA Winnipeg tonight at Valley Stadium stretched the Menace’s unbeaten streak to nine.
The 11-1-1 Menace can clinch the Premier Development League’s regular-season championship with a victory in tomorrow’s 7:30 p.m. rematch.
Hellmann put the Menace on the board less than four minutes into tonight’s match, slotting in Ralphie Lundy’s through ball. After scoring his ninth goal of the season, Hellmann set up Grant Bell and A.J. Jeffries for his sixth and seventh assists.
Jeffries’ one-timer in the 81st minute opened the floodgates for a three-goal outburst in the match’s final 10 minutes. Jonny Macadam struck in the 86th minute and Michael Semenza capped the scoring three minutes later.
“Tonight was an all-in team performance,” said Macadam, a Grand View University grad in his third season with the Menace. “We’ve worked hard all season. Every day at practice, we’re pushing each other. It’s not just the starting 11; we’ve got a lot of players who are ready to step in.
“Being a Grand View boy, it means a lot to score in front of the fans,” Macadam continued. “It’s something I’ve been looking forward to.”
In its final action before hosting the PDL Playoffs next weekend, the Menace is poised to add to its resume. In the last week, Des Moines has seized the regular-season titles for the Heartland Division and the Central Conference.
“We’ve put together a really special team,” said Jeffries, whose father, Mike Jeffries, is the Menace’s head coach. “Our confidence is high, and our enthusiasm is high. We’re going to come out tomorrow with guns blazin’. We have a calm confidence, and we keep working hard. We’re getting ready for what’s next.”
Tonight’s win was the team’s largest goal-differential since a 6-0 triumph over Kansas City on July 17, 2010 – the last time five Menace players scored in a game.
The Menace defense added to its franchise record for shutouts in a season. Des Moines has nine clean sheets, and goalkeeper Paul Blanchette is undefeated (6-0-1) with five shutouts. His goals-against average is a staggering 0.286.
MAN of the MATCH: Chris Hellmann, for the fifth time this season. The German leads the team in points (25), goals (nine) and assists (seven). All but three of his points have come in seven matches against Canadian foes.
UP NEXT: The Menace closes its regular season tomorrow on Fan Appreciation Night. The rematch with WSA Winnipeg starts at 7:30. Des Moines hosts the PDL Central Conference’s championship weekend next Friday and Saturday (July 25-26). Friday’s semifinal action starts with a 4:30 matchup between the St. Louis Lions and the Michigan Bucks; the Menace hosts K-W United FC at 7:30. The conference final is set for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, with the winner advancing to the PDL Playoffs’ semifinals on Aug. 1.
Match: WSA Winnipeg at Des Moines Menace
Date: Friday, July 18, 2014
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Weather: 70s, clear skies
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 1 4 5
WSA 0 0 0
MENACE – Chris Hellmann (Ralphie Lundy) 4:00; Grant Bell (Hellmann) 52:00; A.J. Jeffries (Hellmann) 81:00; Jonny Macadam 86:00; Michael Semenza 89:00
Stats Summary: MENACE / WSA
Shots: 22 / 6
Saves: 1 / 4
Corner Kicks: 6 / 1
Fouls: 3 / 10
Offside: 1 / 0
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In 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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