WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Thursday, May 21, 2015 – Kicking off the Women’s Premier Soccer League season under the leadership of a new head coach, the Des Moines Menace looks to build upon its formidable home record of 11-2-0.
In a Saturday doubleheader at Valley Stadium, the women host the Minnesota TwinStars at 4:30. The Menace men follow with their first Premier Development League home action, against WSA Winnipeg at 7:30.
Justin Vorster makes his debut as field general for a squad that has outscored its opponents by a staggering 46-12 margin at home. Vorster takes the reigns from former head coach Kevin Schalk, who guided the Menace to a 20-8-0 record in three seasons.
“It’s an honor to be named head coach of the Des Moines Menace. It’s a great organization and I can’t wait to continue its success,” said Vorster. “The girls are in great spirits. They’re looking very dynamic. There are 30 girls and they are all healthy and looking very strong, so this will make it a difficult decision for me regarding the starting 11, which is a great problem to have as a coach.”
In the mix are some notable returners, including leading scorer Haley Helverson, who slotted away six goals last season. Helverson is accompanied by veterans Jordan Bishop, Jenna Richins and Carlan Samuelson, who are all returning for their fourth straight season in Des Moines.
Des Moines won its final four matches last year to finish 7-3-0 and clinch second place in the WPSL’s Midwest-Central Division. Minnesota finished with an inverse mark: 3-7-0.
The Menace will be at home the next four Saturdays, capped by a June 13 match against Quad City at Cownie Soccer Park, right after the Iowa High School girls 3A title match.
WPSL regular-season match: Minnesota TwinStars at Des Moines Menace
Date and time: Saturday, May 23 at 4:30 p.m.
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Match followed by: 7:30 p.m. Premier Development League match between the Menace and WSA Winnipeg
- Opens 2015 with new head coach Justin Vorster, who is assisted by John Sheridan and Hugo Macedo.
- Roster features 12 returning players.
- Finished 2014 with a record of 7-3-0.
ABOUT THE TWINSTARS
- Under the leadership of head coach Wayne Bellamy, open the season Friday at Kansas City.
- Finished 3-7-0 as an expansion team in 2014.
- Feature 13 players with NCAA Division-I experience.
- The Menace won both meetings last season with a 3-1 season-opening victory in Minnesota (the TwinStars’ WPSL debut) on May 24, and a 1-0 home win on June 7.
- These teams meet in a season-closing match in Minnesota on July 12.
UP NEXT: MENACE TAKES ON KANSAS CITY
- Des Moines will host the Kansas City Courage on May 30 at Valley Stadium. Game time is set for 4:30 p.m., preceding a 7:30 PDL match between the Menace and the Springfield Synergy.
- The Menace women will be at home the next four Saturdays, capped off by a June 13 game against Quad City Eagles at Cownie Soccer Park.
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 fourth season in the WPSL, a national league with more than 80 teams. In its 22nd season, the Menace men’s side competes in the 63-team 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 8-18), camps, clinics, Junior Menace program and tournaments.
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