Danielle Puddefoot's right foot accounted for all the goals in the Menace's 3-0, season-finale win at Minnesota. Photo credit: Antonio Rodriguez
NEW HOPE, Minn. – Sunday, July 12, 2015 – Danielle Puddefoot made sure the Des Moines Menace’s season finished the same way it started – with a win against the Minnesota TwinStars.
Puddefoot handled all of the scoring in today’s 3-0 Women’s Premier Soccer League match at Robbinsdale Cooper High School. After reentering the match in the 72nd minute, she bagged goals in the 76th, 83rd and 88th minutes.
This late barrage wiped out an offensive drought for the Menace, which had gone four weeks and more than 400 minutes of soccer without scoring. Des Moines wraps up the season with a 3-5-2 record.
“It was a positive finish,” Menace head coach Justin Vorster said. “The girls are buzzing. The win puts a smile back on their faces.”
Puddefoot’s hat trick is the first for the Menace (men or women) since Jennifer Dominguez punctuated the Women’s League Soccer title on July 15, 2012 in an 8-0 rout of FC Indiana. The goals were Puddefoot’s first since finding the net in a 2-0 home win over Minnesota on May 23.
“It was great to see Dani play so well,” Vorster said. “Give the team credit. They found their rhythm and they played well as a team. The hat trick reflected the way we played.”
Gabby DiDio assisted the first goal, providing a through-ball that Puddefoot slotted to the right. The second score came in rebound fashion. After Elise Reid’s 30-yard laser pinged the cross-bar, Puddefoot blasted a volley into the net.
The final goal came on a clinical finish of precision pass threaded by Mary Ntsweng, and the Menace closed the door on its first road win. This was the team’s second-best offensive showing, trailing only a six-goal second-half outburst in a 6-1 home triumph over Quad City on June 13.
Puddefoot wins the team’s Golden Boot. Reid, Nicole Pearson and Ashlie Stokes each collected a pair of goals this season.
“It’s exciting, because I’m usually a midfielder,” said Puddefoot, who joined converted defender Whitney Sharpe up top in today’s lineup. “It was good to get on the score sheet. I’m just happy we could get the win, and happy I could contribute.”
WOMAN of the MATCH: Hat-trick hero Danielle Puddefoot, a native of Slough, England and a recent graduate of Bridgeport (Conn.).
Match: Des Moines Menace at Minnesota TwinStars
Date: Sunday, July 12, 2015
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Venue: Robbinsdale Cooper High School (turf) in New Hope, Minn.
Kickoff: 4 p.m. CDT
Weather: 80s; sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 0 F
MENACE 0 3 3
MINN 0 0 0
MENACE – Danielle Puddefoot (Gabby DiDio) 76:00; Puddefoot (Elise Reid) 83:00; Puddefoot (Mary Ntsweng) 88:00
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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