WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, June 6, 2015 – In one night, the goal-hungry Des Moines Menace matched the scoring output from its Premier Development League season.
With a goal in each half, the Menace blanked the Muskegon Risers at Valley Stadium. Entering tonight’s exhibition, the Menace (2-0-1 in the PDL) had not scored a goal in 177 minutes of soccer, going back to C. Nortey’s third-minute strike against WSA Winnipeg here two weeks ago.
“It’s good to get some goals, to get our offense clicking, and to build some confidence,” said Ben Maurey, who scored less than 10 minutes after entering the match as a half-time sub.
Noticing the near post was unprotected during a corner kick, Maurey swooped in to some open space at the foot of the goal, and became a target for a pinpoint assist from Nick Jones. The six-foot-five Maurey didn’t even need to get off the ground to head in the insurance goal.
Thanks to Ricky Hoegg and Cody Lofgren, the Menace got on the board in the 10th minute. Near the right corner of the 18-yard box, Hoegg beat his man and whipped the ball into the path of a sprinting Lofgren, who volleyed it past Risers goalkeeper Reese Richardson.
“Muskegon is a good team – a high-tempo team,” Maurey said. “It was good for us to get some minutes against a physical group. It’s good for guys to get the opportunity to step on the field, to take the opportunity to earn a spot in the lineup.”
The Menace’s defense, which has not allowed a score in three PDL matches, continued its stellar play. Splitting time between the pipes, starter Nico Campbell and Andrew Putna combined for the shutout. Campbell made the Menace’s lone save, a diving stop in the 42nd minute.
Following three straight Saturdays at home, the Menace takes to the road for four straight before its next home action – Friday, June 26 against Springfield and Saturday, June 27 against Thunder Bay. Des Moines’ next match is Tuesday at 10 a.m. against Chicago Fire U23 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. The team’s road swing continues in St. Louis (June 13), Thunder Bay (June 19) and Winnipeg (June 21).
MAN of the MATCH: Ben Maurey, for his goal and for his dependable play up top. Maurey, a recent graduate of Brown University, prepares for a graduate season at Indiana University. He is a native of Downingtown, Penn.
UPCOMING HOME ACTION: The Menace will be back at Valley Stadium for an action-packed Friday-Saturday doubleheader. On June 26, the Menace hosts the Springfield Synergy, and fans wearing red get in for $5. On June 27, the Menace battles the arch-rival Thunder Bay Chill in the nightcap of a tripleheader that opens with the Iowa High School All-Star Games (girls at 2:30 and boys at 4:30).
Match: Muskegon Risers at Des Moines Menace
Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Venue: Valley Stadium in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CDT
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 1 1 2
MKG 0 0 0
MENACE – Cody Lofgren (Ricky Hoegg) 10:00; Ben Maurey 55:00
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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