Fire and Ice goalie Tristin Stuteville snuffed out Sammy Fegen's second-half scoring opportunity to preserve the shutout win. Photo credit: Antonio Rodriguez
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, July 11, 2015 – The Des Moines Menace’s scoring drought continued in a 1-0 Women’s Premier Soccer League loss today at Valley Stadium.
Postseason-bound Fire and Ice SC spoiled the Menace’s home finale. Looking to shake a streak of nearly 330 scoreless minutes, Des Moines will finish the season tomorrow at Minnesota.
Head coach Justin Vorster saw a lot of positives today in the Menace’s first action since a 4-0 road loss at Fire and Ice two weeks ago. Unfortunately, he didn’t see his team make good on any of its scoring opportunities.
“As a whole, we played well,” Vorster said. “We were connecting passes, creating chances, finding the seams between their lines. We just didn’t finish. I thought we were the better team today.
“When you’re in front of the goal, you’ve got to score goals.”
Maddie Orf was the only player to break today’s scoring column. In the 23rd minute, she caught Menace goalkeeper Kaylin Swart off her line, and she capitalized with a 25-yard rip into the top left shelf.
Fire and Ice carries an 8-1-1 mark and a seven-match unbeaten streak into the WPSL Playoffs in Detroit, starting on Friday. The St. Louis-area side finished second in the WPSL Midwest-Central Division, one year after being edged by the Menace for this spot. The Chicago Red Stars Reserves (9-0-1) wrapped up their second straight division crown, with a mark that was perfect until a scoreless draw Thursday with Fire and Ice.
The Menace (2-5-2) closes the season tomorrow at 4 p.m. against the Minnesota TwinStars in New Hope, Minn.
“We can finish on a positive,” Vorster said. “Hopefully, we’ve got our finishing boots on tomorrow.”
WOMAN of the MATCH: Katie Hurd, for her hard-nosed work behind the ball and her ability to distribute across the field. Hurd, a third-year Menace midfielder, is a native of Gretna, Neb., and a graduate of Augustana (S.D.)
Match: Fire and Ice SC at Des Moines Menace
Date: Saturday, July 11, 2015
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 80s; sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 0 F
MENACE 0 0 0
F&I 1 0 1
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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