Photo credit: Collin Hemann
THUNDER BAY, Canada – Friday, June 19, 2015 – Following a down year, the undefeated Thunder Bay Chill is back in a familiar spot – alone atop the Premier Development League’s Heartland Division.
Brandon Swartzendruber collected a goal in each half tonight at Fort William Stadium, giving the Chill a 2-0 win over the Des Moines Menace. The Chill, which last season missed out on the PDL postseason for the first time in eight years, is 5-0-2 after pulling out of a first-place tie with Chicago (4-1-2).
Looking to rebound from its second setback in three outings, the Menace takes a 3-2-1 mark westward to winless WSA Winnipeg (0-6-2) for a 7:30 Sunday-night match that concludes this Canadian journey.
The loss snaps Des Moines’ winning streak against Thunder Bay. On the way to the 2014 PDL regular-season crown, the Menace came out on top of the final three meetings in a four-leg series with its arch-rival. One year after the Menace knocked the Chill off its perch, Thunder Bay has returned to its postseason-qualifying form.
Swartzendruber, a seasoned veteran who is back in a Chill uniform for the first time since 2011, scored in tonight’s 43rd and 69th minutes. The 30-year-old former pro has racked up more than 60 goals for the Chill in five seasons scattered over the last nine years. He led Thunder Bay to the 2008 PDL crown and a second-place finish two years later.
This match ended as a 10v10 matchup. The Menace’s Chris Hellmann was ejected upon receiving back-to-back yellow cards in the 66th minute; the Chill’s Angelo Kelly-Rosales received a red card for a rough tackle in the 86th minute.
Hellmann’s dismissal came just a minute after it appeared he had scored a tying goal – what would have been his fifth against the Chill in five matches. When Shawn Claud Lawson’s low-sailing 20-yard shot deflected off the gloves of Thunder Bay goalkeeper Daniel Alvarado, Hellmann tapped the rebound into an open net. A controversial offside call negated the goal, swinging a tide of momentum in the home side’s favor.
MAN of the MATCH: Captain John Lujano for his steady control of the midfield. Back for his second season with the Menace, Lujano is a native of McPherson, Kan., and a senior-to-be at Southern Methodist.
Des Moines faces WSA Winnipeg on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. CDT.
UPCOMING HOME ACTION
The Menace will be back at Valley Stadium for an action-packed doubleheader next weekend. On Friday, the Menace hosts the Springfield Synergy, and fans wearing red get $5 tickets for this Kum & Go Kup clash. On Saturday, 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: Des Moines Menace at Thunder Bay Chill
Date: Friday, June 19, 2015
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Fort William Stadium (turf) in Thunder Bay, Ont.
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 60s, overcast sky turning into light drizzle
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 0 0
TB 1 1 2
TB – Brandon Swartzendruber 43:00; Swartzendruber 69:00
Misconduct Summary: Menace cautions: Javi Lopez 32:00; Chris Hellmann 66:00 and 66:00 (ejected); TB ejection: Angelo Kelly-Rosales 86:00; TB caution: Mattia Rolli 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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