Brett Lane (right), shown in the Menace's 1-0 home win over WSA Winnipeg on May 23, opened the scoring in the teams' rematch. Photo credit: R Image Studio
WINNIPEG, Canada – Sunday, June 21, 2015 – The Des Moines Menace continues to take the “Win” out of Winnipeg.
With a 4-0 Premier Development League victory tonight at Waverley Soccer Complex, the Menace is 13-0-1 all-time against WSA Winnipeg, a team still seeking its first win of 2015 (0-7-2).
Climbing into third place in the Heartland Division, Des Moines (4-2-1) is poised for a key weekend at Valley Stadium. Following four straight road matches, the Menace hosts fourth-place Springfield (3-3-3, 12 points) on Friday and first-place Thunder Bay (5-0-2, 17 points) on Saturday. Des Moines hopes to leapfrog second-place Chicago (4-2-2, 14 points), which closes its June schedule with a Wednesday home match against Springfield.
Two nights after a 2-0 loss at Thunder Bay, the Menace was not about to come home from Canada empty-handed. The visitors notched two goals in each half of a commanding result. Brett Lane, John Lujano, Javi Lopez and Ricky Hoegg scored their first goals of the season, and goalkeeper Paul Blanchette and the Menace defense put the clamps on WSA Winnipeg.
Lujano and Hoegg converted penalty kicks, and Lane (with a textbook volley to open the scoring in the 25th minute) and Lopez (with a header from a corner kick in the 63rd) put away assists from newcomer Simon Megally.
When Hoegg calmly connected on his stoppage-time PK just before the final whistle, it marked the sixth time the Menace has scored at least four goals against WSA Winnipeg. Des Moines holds a 41-8 scoring advantage in a series that began in 2011. Tonight’s result showed how far the Menace has come since getting past visiting Winnipeg 1-0 on May 23, in the teams’ only other meeting this season.
MAN of the MATCH: Brett Lane, for his first goal in a Menace uniform. Lane, a defender, is a native of Peoria, Ill., who prepares for his final season at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.
UP NEXT: 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 WSA Winnipeg
Date: Sunday, June 21, 2015
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Waverley Soccer Complex in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 70s, overcast
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 2 2 4
WSA 0 0 0
MENACE – Brett Lane (Simon Megally) 25:00; John Lujano (PK) 31:00; Javi Lopez (Megally) 63:00; Ricky Hoegg (PK) 90:00+
Stats Summary: MENACE / WSA
Shots: 23 / 8
Saves: 6 / 10
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Fouls: 9 / 26
Offside: 3 / 0
Misconduct Summary: Menace caution: Matt Dudley 78:00; WSA caution: Aaron Badescu 60:00; WSA ejection: Jordan Smith 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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