Mark Heath Preston, shown as a member of the Springfield Demize in a 2013 match against the Menace, scored against his former team last Saturday.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Wednesday, May 20, 2015 – Des Moines Menace forward Mark Heath Preston is on the Premier Development League Team of the Week, announced today by league officials.
A thorn in Des Moines’ side in past seasons, Heath Preston made a positive mark within five minutes of his Menace debut in last Saturday’s PDL opener. Joining the action as a halftime substitute, he scored in the 50th minute of a 1-0 win over the host Springfield (Mo.) Synergy.
The goal chipped in by Heath Preston – who scored against the Menace in 2010 (with Rochester) and 2013 (with Springfield) – gifted Des Moines its 200th regular-season win in franchise history.
Heath Preston, a native of Norfolk, England, is an assistant coach at his alma mater, Bellevue University (Neb.). He made the Menace’s roster after impressing head coach Mike Matkovich at open tryouts in April and in the short preseason that followed. At 28, Heath Preston is the oldest member of Matko’s Menace.
The Menace is in Fenton, Mo., for tonight’s 7 o’clock matchup with Saint Louis FC at World Wide Technology Soccer Park. The winner of this Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup showdown advances to a third-round home date with Minnesota United FC one week from today.
UP NEXT: MENACE DOUBLEHEADER AT VALLEY STADIUM
- This Saturday, the Menace hosts its 2015 first double header, with the women facing the Minnesota TwinStars at 4:30 p.m. in their Women’s Premier Soccer League season opener
- The men take on WSA Winnipeg under the lights at 7:30.
- The matches are presented by Gatorade, and magnet schedules (sponsored by Frito Lay and Kum & Go) will be available to early-arriving fans.
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. Entering its 22nd season, the Menace men’s side competes in the 63-team United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL). The Menace’s women’s team, preparing for its fourth season, is part of the 80-team Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). From May to July, 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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