C. Nortey scored his first Menace goal and the team earned its second 1-0 PDL win in two tries. Photo credit: R Image Studio
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, May 23, 2015 – The dynamic duo of C. Nortey and Raul Gonzalez connected for a third-minute goal that proved to be the lone score in the Des Moines Menace’s victory tonight over WSA Winnipeg.
The teams combined for 10 cautions in this chippy scuffle – the Menace’s Premier Development League home opener at Valley Stadium.
“It’s definitely good to get the win,” said Nortey, who scored his first goal in a Menace uniform. “They (WSA Winnipeg) are definitely a hard team to play. They’re a very physical team. Because we knew it would be physical tonight, we were told to get the early goal, and that’s exactly what we did.”
Just over two minutes into the match, Gonzalez maneuvered the ball down the right flank, forcing his defender to lose his footing. Gonzalez fired a bull’s-eye to Nortey, who extended his right foot and emphatically slotted the ball into the middle of the goal, beating Winnipeg goalkeeper Dylan O’Connor on a tough angle.
“Coach (Mike Matkovich) was saying, ‘Attack, attack, attack,” Gonzalez said. “I was able to beat my guy with speed. I played a hard ball to C., and he had a good finish.”
“I saw Raul with the ball out wide,” Nortey explained. “I got behind the defenders and Raul put it exactly where I needed it.”
While the Menace had a handful of scoring opportunities throughout the match, the home side never added to the slim lead. The team settles for its second 1-0 PDL win, one week after eking out a close win at Springfield.
The Menace’s backline did its part, and goalkeeper Nico Campbell needed to make just one save to secure his second shutout.
“Everybody’s working hard,” said Gonzalez. “We’re improving, and we’re winning. Everyone’s starting to work with each other. We’re starting to build team chemistry.”
This match marks the end of busy season-opening stretches for both sides. Playing its fifth match in seven days, road-warrior WSA Winnipeg returns to Canada with a 0-4-1 record. Following back-to-back Wednesday-night matches in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the Menace has a week before its next action. Des Moines bowed out three nights ago in a 2-1 overtime loss at Saint Louis FC in the Cup’s second round.
MAN of the MATCH: C. Nortey, who scored his first Menace goal. C. is a native of Accra, Ghana, and a student-athlete at Marquette.
UP NEXT: The Menace hosts the Springfield Synergy next Saturday (May 30) on Blackout Night. Fans wearing black to the 7:30 match receive $5 tickets.
Match: WSA Winnipeg at Des Moines Menace
Date: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Valley Stadium in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 60s, windy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 1 0 1
WSA 0 0 0
MENACE – C. Nortey (Raul Gonzalez) 3:00;
Stats Summary: MENACE / WSA
Shots: 5 / 2
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 8 / 2
Fouls: 11 / 22
Offside: 2 / 0
Misconduct Summary: Cautions: WSA – Thomas Prazak 23:00; Aaron Badescu 27:00; Jordan Smith 31:00; Kristjan Nordman 40:00; Moses Danto 41:00; Abel Alola 62:00; MENACE – Brett Lane 43:00; C. Nortey 76:00; Mueng Sunday 88:00; Ejection: WSA – Eric Smith 90:00
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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