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Menace ladies play two in Illinois

The Menace seeks its first win against Chicago (shown here) and its second win against Fire and Ice.
 
 
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Wednesday, June 24, 2015 – The GPS of the Des Moines Menace women is taking them on a formidable road, as they embark on a weekend double-header against the top teams in the Midwest-Central Division of the Women’s Premier Soccer League.
 
Des Moines faces the first-place Chicago Red Stars Reserves (6-0-0) on Friday at 4 p.m. before travelling Saturday to Columbia, Ill., for a 7 p.m. battle against second-place Fire and Ice SC (4-1-0).
 
This weekend’s scenery is all-too familiar for the Menace, one year after the team dropped both matches on a similar trip. The ladies suffered a 3-1 defeat to Fire and Ice SC on June 13, and they were handed a 6-2 loss at Chicago on June 15.
 
Time is running out for the Menace (2-2-2). After this weekend, it is down to its last two games, including its home finale (against Fire and Ice SC) on July 11 at Valley Stadium. The season concludes the following day at Minnesota.
 
 

Des Moines Menace at Chicago Red Stars Reserves

Date and time: Friday, June 26 at 4 p.m. (originally scheduled for 5 p.m.)
Venue: Oak Brook Polo Field (grass), Oak Brook, Ill.
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
 
Des Moines Menace at Fire and Ice SC
Date and time: Saturday, June 27 at 7 p.m.
Venue: Oerter Soccer Park (turf), Columbia, Ill.
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
 

 
ABOUT THE MENACE
-       Enters match with a record of 2-2-2.
-       Roster features 12 returning players.
-       In fourth place in Midwest-Central Division.
-       Won against Quad City Eagles at home on June 13. When Nicole Pearson (two goals), Carlan Samuelson, Ashlie Stokes, Sammy Fegen, and Yaritza Estrada scored in the second half.
-       Tied on the road on June 14 against KC Courage 1-1; Elise Reid was the lone goal scorer for the Menace.
-       Finished second in the WPSL Midwest-Central Division in 2014 (7-3-0).
-       First-year head coach Justin Vorster is assisted by John “Shedzy” Sheridan, Alex Fonseca and Hugo Macedo.
 
ABOUT THE RED STARS RESERVES
-       6-0-0 in their second season as the reserve squad of the NWSL’s Chicago Red Stars.
-       Coasted to a 9-0 home win on June 19 over the Kansas City Courage.
-       Courtney Raetzman and Zoe Swift lead the team in scoring with five goals apiece.
-       Won the Midwest-Central Division with a 9-0-1 record and lost 4-0 in the 2014 WPSL semifinals to Beach Club Futbol on July 26 in Maryland.
-       Led by head coach Chris King.
 
ALL-TIME SERIES: MENACE VS. RED STARS RESERVES
-       Chicago made its WPSL debut on May 3, 2014, with a 3-0 win over the Menace at Valley Stadium.
-       On June 15, 2014, the host Red Stars won 6-2; the Menace’s Jordan Bishop and Mercy Darkoah scored the match’s first two goals.
-       The Red Stars topped the Menace earlier this season at Valley Stadium in a 4-0 win on June 6.
 
ABOUT FIRE AND ICE SC
-       In second place at 4-1-0.
-       Rachel Tajeda and Kelsey Dinges lead the team in goals scored with five apiece.
-       The WPSL Midwest Division champion in 2013.
-       Finished third (behind the Menace) in 2014, with a 5-4-1 mark.
-       Lindsey Eversmeyer is the head coach.
 
ALL-TIME SERIES
-       Fire and Ice hold series 2-1.
-       In the teams’ first meeting, Fire and Ice knocked the Menace from the 2013 WPSL Playoffs with a 2-0 win on July 14, 2013 in Certerville, Ohio.
-       The Menace was topped again on June 13, 2014 in Columbia, Ill. in a 3-1 loss.
-       2-0 home win for Menace on July 12, 2014 allowed Menace to finish season in second place.
 
RECAP FROM PREVIOUS MATCHES
-       The Menace blew up a scoreless halftime draw, exploding in a 6-1 win against the Quad City Eagles on June 13 at Cownie Soccer Park . The goals came from Nicole Pearson (two), Carlan Samuelson, Ashlie Stokes, Sammy Fegen, and Yaritza Estrada.
-       On June 14 the Menace tied the KC Courage 1-1 on the road, with the lone Des Moines goal produced by Elise Reid.
 
UP NEXT
-       The Menace closes its home schedule on July 11, hosting Fire and Ice SC at Valley Stadium.
-       A road match on July 12 against the Minnesota TwinStars marks the end of the Menace’s regular season.
 
 
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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