The Menace opened and closed the 2015 WPSL season with wins against Minnesota, including this 2-0 Opening Day win on May 23. The team's 2016 slate wraps up against Minnesota on July 17 in Grimes.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Thursday, March 3, 2016 – Six home matches – all in June and July – highlight the 2016 schedule for the Des Moines Menace women.
A June 4 clash against the Kansas City Courage will open the Menace’s home slate. Justin Vorster’s team closes the Women’s Premier Soccer League season with a Saturday-Sunday home doubleheader: July 16 against the defending league-champion Chicago Red Stars Reserves and the next day against the Minnesota TwinStars.
All of the Menace ladies’ home games start at 4:30 p.m., with the first five coming at Valley Stadium in doubleheaders capped by the Menace men hosting 7:30 Premier Development League matches. Valley Stadium will not be the site of the team’s season finale; the Menace will play at Grimes Sports Complex on July 17.
The fifth season of Menace women’s soccer will kick off with an instate rivalry match – May 27 in Davenport against the Quad City Eagles. After playing in Minnesota on June 11, the team will have the home-field advantage in five of its last seven contests.
Des Moines hopes to rebound from a tough 2015 season that ended with a 3-5-2 record. The Menace will compete in the five-team Heartland Region, which is part of the Central Division along with the Southwest, Great Lakes and Valley Regions.
With 104 teams split into 15 regions, the WPSL is the largest women's soccer league in the world. The 2016 WPSL champion will be determined by a postseason tournament scheduled for the last two weekends of July.
The five home matches at Valley Stadium (June 4, June 24, June 25, July 9 and July 16) are part of doubleheaders. One ticket gets you into both the Menace women’s match (4:30 p.m.) and the Menace men’s match (7:30 p.m.). Game-day admission is $10 for adults, $5 for youth ages 5-12 and free for children age 4 and younger.
Become a season-ticket member and enjoy admission to all of the Menace’s 2016 men’s and women’s home matches (including any Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and postseason matches at home). Season tickets (age 5 and older) are available for $50. With any season-ticket purchase, V.I.P. parking passes are available for $30 each.
May the Vorster be with you
Justin Vorster returns for his second season as Menace head coach. Vorster, the technical director for Johnston Urbandale Soccer Club, came to the Menace after two successful seasons guiding the AIB College women. After placing fourth out of six teams in 2015, Vorster and the Menace look to improve.
The Women’s Premier Soccer League continues to grow and evolve. In 2016, the WPSL’s 104 teams will play in 15 regions. Just last season, the league had 83 teams in 11 divisions (which the league now calls regions). In 2015, the Menace played in the six-team WPSL Midwest-Central Division. In 2016, five of these teams are back together, competing in the renamed Heartland Region. Fire and Ice SC, a St. Louis-area team that has been a divisional rival for the Menace the last two seasons, has moved to the newly formed Valley Region. The updated team breakdown is posted here.
A doubleheader of doubleheaders
On June 24 and 25, both the Des Moines Menace women’s and men’s teams are welcoming WSA Winnipeg to Valley Stadium. When WSA Winnipeg’s Premier Development League team makes the trip to Iowa for a Friday-Saturday doubleheader, the Canadian club’s women’s team will come along for a pair of exhibitions against the Menace WPSL squad. The Menace women won their only previous encounter with WSA Winnipeg, 3-2, in 2013.
Milestone within reach
The Menace is approaching the program’s 25th win. Through its first four seasons, the Menace is 23-13-2. The team’s top two seasons came in 2012 (7-1-0) and 2014 (7-3-0). Last year was marked by a milestone for the organization: In its 22nd season, the Menace men reached and surpassed their 200th Premier Development League victory. Des Moines’ all-time PDL mark is 210-115-33
Coming to Grimes
Thanks to Dallas Center-Grimes Soccer Club and the City of Grimes Parks and Recreation, the Menace will play its first home match in this northwest suburb. The season-closing July 17 match against Minnesota will be the Menace ladies’ fourth-ever home match played on grass. The team has accumulated an 18-2 scoring advantage in home matches played away from Valley Stadium. On July 15, 2012 at Teamwork Acres in Waukee, the inaugural Menace clinched the Women’s League Soccer championship with an 8-1 romp over FC Indiana. On June 9, 2013 at Teamwork Acres, the Menace shut out the Kansas City Shock, 4-0. Last year, on June 13 at Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines, the Menace quelled Quad City, 6-1.
Des Moines Menace 2016 WPSL Schedule
Friday, May 27 at Quad City Eagles 5 p.m. at Davenport Soccer Complex
Saturday, June 4 Kansas City Courage 4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, June 11 at Minnesota TwinStars 4 p.m. at TBD
Friday, June 24 WSA Winnipeg 4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, June 25 WSA Winnipeg 4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, July 2 at Chicago Red Stars Reserves 3 p.m. at Oak Brook Polo Fields
Saturday, July 9 Quad City Eagles 4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Sunday, July 10 at Kansas City Courage 4 p.m. at College Boulevard Athletic Complex
Saturday, July 16 Chicago Red Stars Reserves 4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Sunday, July 17 Minnesota TwinStars 4:30 p.m. at Grimes Sports Complex
All game times are central
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. Starting their fifth season this year, the Menace women’s team is part of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). The Menace men’s team competes in the Premier Development League (PDL) and is set to begin its 23rd season in 2016. With loyal support, the Menace men’s and women’s teams play their home games at the Valley Stadium in West Des Moines to provide family-fun entertainment. The Menace organization provides the growth of the game of soccer in Iowa with its youth soccer programs, including Junior Menace (ages 3-9), Menace Academy (ages 10+), Menace Camps (ages 3-14) and tournaments.
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