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Menace closes WPSL season

Nicole Pearson and the Menace look to wrap up the season on a positive note.
 
 
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Thursday, July 9, 2015 – The Women’s Premier Soccer League season is winding down, and with two games left, the Des Moines Menace is looking to go out with a bang.
 
The Menace hosts Fire and Ice SC this Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in its home finale before heading to Minnesota the following day to take on the TwinStars in a 4 p.m. season-closing showdown.
 
Des Moines (2-4-2) is trying to avoid the franchise’s first losing record since the 1999 Premier Development League squad finished 9-11.
 
Saturday’s home match comes two weeks after the Menace’s most recent action – a 4-0 road loss to Fire and Ice on June 27. Des Moines opened its season against the TwinStars with a 2-0 win at home on May 23.
 

Fire and Ice SC at Des Moines Menace
Date and time: Saturday, July 11 at 4:30 p.m.
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Followed by: Des Moines Menace vs. St. Louis Lions in a 7:30 Premier Development League match
 
Des Moines Menace at Minnesota TwinStars
Date and time: Sunday, July 12 at 4 p.m.
Venue: Robbinsdale Cooper High School (turf) in New Hope, Minn.
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
 

 
ABOUT THE MENACE
-       2-4-2, looking to finish the season with back-to-back wins.
-       Finished 7-3-0 in 2014.
-       Coming off a 4-0 loss to Fire and Ice SC, on June 27 at Columbia High School, Ill.
-       Looking to grab its first win since June 13.
-       Nicole Pearson, Elise Reid, and Ashlie Stokes lead the team with two goals apiece.
-       Roster features 12 returning players.
-       Led by first-year head coach Justin Vorster, who is assisted by John “Shedzy” Sheridan, Alex Fonseca and Hugo Macedo.
 
ABOUT FIRE AND ICE SC
-       7-1-2, second place in the WPSL Midwest-Central Division.
-       Rachel Tejada leads the team in points (22) on nine goals and four assists in just four matches, with Kelsey Dinges close behind with 15 points on six goals and three assists.
-       Tejada graduated from Illinois State last fall as the NCAA Division-I active career leader for points (190) and goals (74), as well as being the all-time Missouri Valley Conference leader in points, goals and assists.
-       The WPSL Midwest Division champion in 2013.
-       Finished third (behind the Menace) in 2014, with a 5-4-1 mark.
-       Head coach Lindsay Kennedy-Eversmeyer was the first female to play men’s professional indoor soccer (with the St. Louis Steamers of the Major Indoor Soccer League).
 
 
ALL-TIME SERIES: MENACE VS. FIRE AND ICE SC
-       Fire and Ice hold the series lead 3-1.
-       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, with both goals coming from Rachel Tajeda.
-       The Menace was topped again on June 13, 2014 in Columbia, Ill., in a 3-1 loss.
-       The Menace’s 2-0 home win on July 12, 2014 allowed Menace to finish season in second place.
-       Fire and Ice struck first this season with a 4-0 win at Valley Stadium on June 27, with two goals from Tejada, and a goal and an assist from Kelsey Dinges.
 
ABOUT THE TWINSTARS
-       1-7-1.
-       Finished 3-7-0 as an expansion team in 2014.
-       Feature 13 players with NCAA Division-I experience.
-       Led by head coach Wayne Bellamy.
 
ALL TIME SERIES: MENACE VS. TWINSTARS
-       Des Moines leads the series 3-0.
-       The Menace won both meetings last season with a 3-1 season-opening victory in Minnesota (the TwinStars’ WPSL debut) on May 24, and a 1-0 home win on June 7.
-       The Menace won 2-0 at home in the 2015 season opener on May 23 with goals from Ashlie Stokes and Danielle Puddefoot.
 
ABOUT THE WOMEN’S PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE
-       Started in 1998, the WPSL comprises 82 teams, making it the largest national women’s soccer league in the world.
-       Des Moines plays in the Midwest-Central Division along with teams from Chicago, Columbia (Ill.), Davenport, Kansas City (Mo.), and St. Paul.
-       Midwest-Central Division teams play a home-and-home series with each team in the division.
 
LAST TIME OUT
-       The Menace is coming off a pair of road losses: a 2-0 defeat against the Chicago Red Stars Reserves on June 26, and a 4-0 loss to Fire and Ice SC on June 27.
 
 
 
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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