The Menace women play their first-ever match at Cownie Soccer Park (2600 E. Hartford Ave. in Des Moines). Photo credit: Peter Farley
DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, June 12, 2015 – Redemption is in the eyes of the Des Moines Menace as it hosts the Quad City Eagles in a Women’s Premier Soccer League rivalry rematch tomorrow night at Cownie Soccer Park.
Following the Iowa High School Girls Class-3A Championship, these instate foes will collide at 7:30 p.m.
The match comes less than two weeks after the Eagles handed the Menace (1-1-2) its first loss of the year. On May 31 at Davenport Soccer Complex, Ashley Dexter’s brace gave the Eagles a 2-0 win that snapped the Menace’s six-match unbeaten streak.
Joining the Chicago Red Stars Reserves atop the Midwest-Central Division standings, Quad City is 3-0-0 and has outscored opponents 7-0.
Last Sunday, Quad City earned a 2-0 win at Kansas City – the Menace’s destination for this Sunday. Less than 24 hours after hosting the Eagles, the Menace faces the KC Courage. College Boulevard Athletic Complex in Olathe, Kan., is the site of this 6:30 match, which opens a stretch of three straight road tilts for the Menace.
After this weekend, Des Moines has just one remaining home match: July 11 against Fire and Ice SC at Valley Stadium.
Quad City Eagles at Des Moines Menace
Date and time: Saturday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Cownie Soccer Park (grass) in Des Moines, Iowa
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Preceded by: Iowa High School Girls Class-3A Championship (scheduled to start at 4 p.m.)
Tickets: Free admission to the WPSL game
ABOUT THE MENACE
- 1-2-1, looking to snap a three-match winless streak.
- Finished 7-3-0 in 2014.
- Coming off a 4-0 loss to the Chicago Red Stars Reserves, on June 6 at Valley Stadium.
- Ashlie Stokes, Danielle Puddefoot, and Katie Hurd have scored the Menace’s goals this season.
- Roster features 12 returning players.
- Led by first-year head coach Justin Vorster.
ABOUT THE EAGLES
- At 3-0-0, tied with Chicago for first place Midwest-Central Division.
- Most recent match was a 2-0 win on June 7at Kansas City, with goals from Erin Dierckx and Ashley Dexter.
- In their third season in the WPSL after sitting out the 2014 season.
- Led by third-year head coach Jon Mannall.
ALL-TIME SERIES: MENACE VS. EAGLES
- Quad City leads the series 2-1.
- Quad City won 2-1 at Valley Stadium on June 22, 2013.
- The Menace responded with a 1-0 road win on July 6, 2013, to clinch a WPSL playoff berth.
- Quad City grabbed a 2-0 home victory on May 31, with both goals coming from Ashley Dexter in the second half.
ABOUT THE WOMEN’S PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE
- Started in 1998, the WPSL comprises 82 teams, making it the largest national women’s soccer league in the world.
- Des Moines plays in the Midwest-Central Division along with teams from Chicago, Columbia (Ill.), Davenport, Kansas City (Mo.), and St. Paul.
- Midwest-Central Division teams play a home-and-home series with each team in the division.
RECAP FROM LAST SATURDAY
- The Chicago Red Stars Reserves scored three second-half goals and handed the Menace a 4-0 loss at Valley Stadium.
- The Menace women travel to Olathe, Kan., to take on the KC Courage on Sunday, opening a stretch of three straight road games before returning for their final home action on July 11 against Fire and Ice SC at Valley Stadium.
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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