Photo credit: Peter Farley
DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, June 13, 2015 – In more than 400 minutes, they had scored just three goals. In 45 magical minutes, they doubled this scoring output.
Busting open a scoreless halftime draw, the Des Moines Menace piled it on in the second half of tonight’s 6-1 triumph over the Quad City Eagles at Cownie Soccer Park.
Nicole Pearson led the scoring parade with two goals, and the Menace found redemption against its instate rival, less than two weeks after Quad City dropped Des Moines, 2-0.
On this night, everything came together for the Menace in a satisfying win that evens their Women’s Premier Soccer League record to 2-2-1 heading into tomorrow’s 6:30 p.m. match at Kansas City.
“It feels great,” Menace head coach Justin Vorster said. “That’s exactly what the team needed. It was a good technical performance. The movement off the ball was fantastic. I must say, some well-taken goals.”
Carlan Samuelson, Ashlie Stokes, Sammy Fegen and Yaritza Estrada joined Pearson in the scoring column.
“All around, I thought every player played a role in this win,” Vorster said. “At halftime, we just told them to look forward as their first option, and to look to combine whenever possible. I thought they responded well.”
The Eagles, who entered this match on the high-flying wings of a 3-0-0 start (and a 7-0 goal differential), are grounded by their first loss of the young season. Their lone goal tonight came from Emily King, whose 30-yard blast found the right upper-90 in the 63rd minute. Though King’s wonder-strike cut the Menace’s lead in half, the home side quickly regained its momentum.
Des Moines’ first regular-season match at Cownie Soccer Park followed the Iowa high school girls championships. Just ahead of the WPSL match, Iowa City West defeated West Des Moines Dowling Catholic, 1-0, for the Class-3A crown. Earlier today, Ankeny downed Pleasant Valley, 2-1 in overtime, for the 2A title and Sioux City Bishop Heelan topped Nevada, 2-0, for the 1A championship.
The Menace ladies one-upped the Menace men on a night full of goals. As the women took the field, the Menace wrapped up a 5-1 Premier Development League victory at St. Louis.
WOMAN of the MATCH: Nicole Pearson, who scored her third and fourth goals in a Menace uniform. Back for her second season with Des Moines, Pearson is an Urbandale native and a Simpson College graduate who is married to former Menace player Jack Pearson (2009-10 and 2012 Menace).
UP NEXT: After playing four of its first five matches at home, the Menace closes with four of its last five matches on the road. Des Moines faces the Kansas City Courage tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in Olathe, Kan.
Match: Quad City Eagles at Des Moines Menace
Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Venue: Cownie Soccer Park (grass) in Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 70s, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 6 6
QC 0 1 1
MENACE – Nicole Pearson (Danielle Puddefoot) 50:00; Carlan Samuelson (Whitney Sharpe) 59:00; Ashlie Stokes PK 73:00; Pearson 82:00; Sammy Fegen 90:00; Yaritza Estrada (Fegen) 90:00
QC – Emily King 63:00
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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