WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, June 6, 2015 – The Chicago Red Stars Reserves seem to have the Des Moines Menace’s number.
Visiting Chicago rolled past the Menace, 4-0, this afternoon at Valley Stadium. The Red Stars Reserves. who have not lost a regular-season match since debuting last year, have outscored the Menace 13-2 in three Women’s Premier Soccer League encounters.
“Give credit to the Red Stars,” Menace head coach Justin Vorster said after his team’s second-straight loss. “They took four good chances and finished them.”
Jade Klump opened the scoring in the 16th minute, and Ashley Handwork padded the lead nine minutes into the second half. Zoe Swift threaded a needle of an assist to set up Nicky Waldeck in the 79th minute, and just three minutes later, Waldeck used a through-ball to assist Jackie Jermier.
The Red Stars (2-0-0) have picked up where the left off a year ago, when they cruised to a 9-0-1 record, clinched the Midwest-Central Division championship and advanced to the WPSL semifinals.
A year after finishing second in the division with a 7-3-0 record, Des Moines is 1-2-1.
“We just got to work a little harder for each other,” Vorster said. “We’re a very technical side. There’s no reason we shouldn’t be a successful team.”
Vorster’s forces look to bounce back next weekend, hosting Quad City and visiting Kansas City – just two weeks after facing these teams. The Menace gets a rematch with Chicago – whose first team plays in the top-tier National Women’s Soccer League – on June 26.
WOMAN of the MATCH: Mary Ntsweng, for her tricky play up top in keeping Chicago’s backline on its toes. Ntsweng represented her native South Africa in the 2012 London Olympics.
UP NEXT: In its final home action in four weeks, the Menace hosts in-state rival Quad City next Saturday (June 13) at Cownie Soccer Park. This 7:30 p.m. match follows the Iowa High School Girls 3A championship match.
Match: Chicago Red Stars Reserves at Des Moines Menace
Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 70s, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 0 0
CHI 1 3 4
CHI – Jade Klump 16:00; Ashley Handwork 54;00; Nicky Waldeck (Zoe Swift) 79:00; Jackie Jermier (Waldeck) 82:00
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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