WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Thursday, March 12, 2015 – The schedule is set for the fourth season of Des Moines Menace women’s soccer.
The Menace ladies play a 10-match slate against foes from the Midwest-Central Division of the Women’s Premier Soccer League. Des Moines plays four Saturday home matches at West Des Moines’ Valley Stadium – all starting at 4:30 p.m. and preceding 7:30 games for the Menace’s Premier Development League side.
One wrinkle to the schedule is the team’s first-ever league match at Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines. On June 13, Des Moines hosts in-state rival Quad Cities in a 7:30 p.m. match to follow the Iowa High School girls’ 3A championship match.
Quad Cities returns to the WPSL following a one-year hiatus. Three teams that debuted in 2014 – Chicago, Kansas City and Minnesota – return to the division. Also in the six-team division is Fire and Ice SC, a team based in Columbia, Ill.
The 2014 Menace finished on a four-match winning streak, edging Fire and Ice, 2-0, in a July 12 battle for second place. The Menace looks to build on last year’s 7-3-0 mark and unseat Chicago (9-1-0) from the division’s top spot.
With more than 80 teams, the WPSL is the largest national women’s soccer league in the world. It features 11 regional divisions, with a national postseason crowning a champion in late July.
New head of the program
The Menace women enter the 2015 season under new leadership. Justin Vorster was announced in December as the team’s head coach. A native of South Africa, Vorster guided the AIB Eagles through their final two seasons of women’s soccer. Vorster is assembling his team and preparing for the Menace’s April 25 open tryout.
World Cup summer
A year after the FIFA World Cup in Brazil captured the attention of the sports world, it’s time to shine the spotlight on the women’s game. The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup comes to Canada this summer, with the action kicking off on June 6 and culminating with a July 5 final in Vancouver. Stay tuned to MenaceSoccer.com for ways you can catch the World Cup action with the Menace.
Two games for the price of one
For the four home doubleheaders (May 23, May 30, June 6 and July 11), one ticket gets you into both matches, with the women’s 4:30 p.m. matches coming three hours before the men’s (Premier Development League) action. Single-game tickets are $7 for youth ages 5-18; Adult tickets are $9, and children ages 4 and younger get in free.
The team’s multi-ticket packages offer even great value, with at least 13 guaranteed matches, including the Menace ladies’ June 13 match at Cownie Soccer Park. Adult season tickets are $80, and youth season tickets are just $20. Flex packs offer five tickets for $30. Season-ticket holders also receive a parking pass, as well as admission to the Menace’s home matches in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and the PDL and WPSL playoffs.
Des Moines Menace 2015 WPSL Schedule
Saturday, May 23 Minnesota TwinStars 4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, May 30 Kansas City Courage 4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Sunday, May 31 at Quad City Eagles 5 p.m. at Davenport Soccer Complex
Saturday, June 6 Chicago Red Stars Reserves 4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, June 13 Quad Cities Eagles 7:30 p.m. at Cownie Soccer Park
Sunday, June 14 at Kansas City Courage 5 p.m. at Bourke Field, Rockhurst University
Friday, June 26 at Chicago Red Stars Reserves 7 p.m. at Benedictine University
Saturday, June 27 at Fire and Ice SC 7 p.m. at Oerter Soccer Park
Saturday, July 11 Fire and Ice SC 4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Sunday, July 12 at Minnesota TwinStars 4 p.m. at TBD
Saturday, July 18 Midwest Regional Championship Time and venue TBD
Friday, July 24 WPSL Semifinals Houston
Saturday, July 25 WPSL Championship Houston
All game times are central
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 back for their third season in the WPSL, a national league with more than 80 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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