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Menace women open with 2-0 win

Ashlie Stokes (sliding) spotted the Menace a 1-0 with her successful kick from the penalty spot. Photo credit: R Image Studio
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, May 23, 2015 – Overcoming a slow start to their Women’s Premier Soccer League season, the Des Moines Menace struck twice early in the second half of a 2-0 win over the Minnesota TwinStars today at Valley Stadium.
Ashlie Stokes and Danielle Puddefoot provided the goals to give Justin Vorster the victory in his debut as the Menace’s head coach.
“I’m just overly excited by the result,” Vorster said. “I was happy with the way we played, happy with the way we circulated the ball.”
Unable to capitalize on early opportunities, the Menace struggled to a scoreless halftime.
“I just told them to be patient,” Vorster said. “I told them the goals will come.”
They did, with the first score coming less than three minutes after the break.
Stokes opened the scoring by converting a penalty kick after a poorly played clearance by Minnesota was whistled for a handball in the box.
In the 55th minute, fourth-year Menace veteran Carlan Samuelson muscled her way down the right flank, drawing TwinStars goalkeeper Rhonda Morgan and finding Puddefoot. The Menace newcomer poked the ball into the open net.
“We missed some of our chances today,” Vorster said. “Hopefully next week we will make the most of our chances."
The Menace prepares for two opportunities next weekend. On Saturday (May 30), the team hosts the Kansas City Courage, which downed Minnesota 2-0 last night at home in the teams’ season-opener. The next day (Sunday, May 31), Des Moines travels to Davenport to face the Quad City Eagles.
WOMAN of the MATCH: Ashlie Stokes, who opened the scoring with her successful PK attempt in the 48th minute. Stokes, a recent Drake University graduate from Sioux City, is wearing the captain’s band in her second season with the Menace.
-       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 three Saturdays, capped off by a June 13 game against Quad City Eagles at Cownie Soccer Park.

Match: Minnesota TwinStars at Des Moines Menace

Date: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 60s
Scoring Summary:     1    2      F
MENACE                      0   2     2    
MN                               0   0    0    
MENACE – Ashlie Stokes PK 48:00; Danielle Puddefoot (Carlan Samuelson) 55:00


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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