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Menace women down to last two games

The Menace women break the huddle before their match last Friday in Oak Brook, Ill. Photo credit: Ashlie Stokes
 
 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 – The Des Moines Menace women have their work cut out for them. Following a pair of road losses last weekend, the Menace ladies need to win their final two Women’s Premier Soccer League matches in order to finish the season at .500.
 
Des Moines (2-4-2) lost to the Chicago Red Stars Reserves, 2-0, on Friday and fell to Fire and Ice SC, 4-0, on Saturday. The Menace’s weekend opponents remain in the top two spots in the Midwest-Central Division. Chicago (8-0-0) has yet to lose a regular-season match in its two seasons; Fire and Ice (6-1-0) is the division’s only other team with a winning record.
 
The Red Stars Reserves’ Aimee Wronski struck in the third minute on Friday at the Oak Brook Polo Fields, and Ashley Ellenwood added an insurance goal in the 63rd minute.
 
One of NCAA soccer’s all-time scoring leaders scorched the Menace on Saturday at Columbia (Ill.) High School. Fire and Ice received two goals from Rachel Tajado, who recently finished her Illinois State days as the active Division-I career leader in points (190) and goals (74). The four-time Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year opened the scoring in the fifth minute and she put the match out of reach in the 57th.
 
Kelsey Dinges assisted Megan Pawloski in the 14th minute, and she scored in the final minute of regulation.
 
UP NEXT: In its only remaining home action, the Menace will get another shot at Fire and Ice on July 11 at Valley Stadium. Justin Vorster’s team closes the season the next day at Minnesota.
 

 
Match: Des Moines Menace at Chicago Red Stars Reserves
Date: Friday, June 26, 2015
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Venue: Oak Brook Polo Fields (grass) in Oak Brook, Ill.
Kickoff: 4 p.m. CDT
Weather: 60s; rainy and chilly
Scoring Summary:     1    2      F
MENACE                      0    0    0
CHI                               1   1    2 
CHI – Aimee Wronski 3:00; Ashley Ellenwood 63:00
 
 
Match: Des Moines Menace at Fire and Ice SC
Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Venue: Columbia High School (turf) in Columbia, Ill.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CDT
Weather: 70s
Scoring Summary:     1    2      F
MENACE                      0    0    0
F&                                2   2    4
F&I – Rachel Tejada 5:00; Megan Pawloski (Kelsey Dinges) 14:00; Tejada 57:00; Dinges 90:00
 

Des Moines Menace 2015 WPSL Schedule (2-4-2)
Saturday, May 23         Minnesota TwinStars               W, 2-0
Saturday, May 30         Kansas City Courage               T, 1-1
Sunday, May 31            at Quad City Eagles                   L, 0-2
 
Saturday, June 6         Chicago Red Stars Reserves    L, 0-4
Saturday, June 13        Quad City Eagles                     W, 6-1
Sunday, June 14            at Kansas City Courage              T, 1-1
Friday, June 26              at Chicago Red Stars Reserves   L, 0-2
Saturday, June 27          at Fire and Ice SC                      L, 0-4
 
Saturday, July 11         Fire and Ice SC                        4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Sunday, July 12             at Minnesota TwinStars             4 p.m. at Robbinsdale Cooper High School
 
 
All game times are central 
 
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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