FC Wichita (left) and the Menace met for the first time, and the visitors prevailed to earn a home match. Photo credit: Megan Lankford
WICHITA, Kan. – Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is returning to Valley Stadium.
Rallying with goals from veteran leaders Mark Heath Preston and Leigh Veidman, the Des Moines Menace eked by FC Wichita tonight at Stryker Soccer Complex. The season-opening victory sets up a second-round matchup: the Menace will host Tulsa Roughnecks FC next Wednesday (May 18).
Des Moines’ 11th U.S. Open Cup run continues with the chance for the franchise to earn its seventh win against a professional team. The Menace eyes its first home win against a pro team since defeating the Charleston Battery in 2005.
FC Wichita’s first appearance in the U.S. Open Cup was a short one, though the second-year team from the National Premier Soccer League gave the Menace all it could handle in this well-attended game played under blue, sunny skies. In the opening minute after a scoreless first half, Carlos Contreras became FC Wichita’s first player to score in U.S. Soccer’s century-old national tournament.
Heath Preston evened the match in the 57th minute, barreling between defenders on the left side and finishing with a breakaway blast. After sneaking behind the defense in the 85th minute, Veidman delivered the game-winner, which deflected off the feet of goalkeeper Steven Hamersky.
“It’s exciting for the club,” said Veidman – who, like Heath Preston, is a second-year Menace player, a native of England and a Bellevue (Neb.) graduate. “We’re excited to get to play a pro team at home.
“I think it shows a lot of character, going down a goal and coming back for the win,” Veidman continued. “We were creating chances, and it was a just a case of being patient and composed when the opportunity came. This gives us a sense of momentum going into next week, and I’m just happy for the team.”
Playing in its seventh consecutive U.S. Open Cup, the Menace has won five straight matches against amateur Cup competition. Des Moines is 7-2 all-time against fellow amateur teams in the national tournament (2-0 on the road).
The Menace has hosted at least one match in all of its U.S. Open Cup appearances, compiling an 8-5 mark on its home turf.
Head coach Mike Matkovich and his team prepare for two home matches in a four-day span. Following Wednesday’s Open Cup action, the Menace opens Premier Development League play on May 21, welcoming Chicago Fire U23.
Des Moines has tied the Michigan Bucks for most Open Cup wins by an amateur franchise; the Menace is 13-10 in the tournament, while the Bucks are 13-13 after coming up short in a shootout loss to Detroit City FC tonight.
The Menace’s previous two Open Cup matches – last year’s home win over the Madison Fire and OT loss at Saint Louis FC – also ended in a 2-1 score.
Before the game, there was a moment of silence to honor the late Abel “Shadow” Sebele, who died in a car accident in January. Sebele starred for the 2013 Menace and last year was the first captain for FC Wichita.
MAN of the MATCH: Mark Heath Preston for his equalizer and for creating several scoring opportunities leading up to the game-winner. Heath Preston is the head men’s soccer coach at his alma mater, Bellevue. He holds the program’s career records for points (107) and goals (45).
UP NEXT: The Menace welcomes Tulsa Roughnecks FC (United Soccer League) next Wednesday in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup. Des Moines is back at Valley Stadium on May 21, hosting Chicago Fire U23 to open the PDL regular season. Magnet schedules, sponsored by Kum & Go and Frito Lay, will be handed out as fans enter the Saturday-night game. All of the team’s home action starts at 7:30.
Match: Des Moines Menace at FC Wichita
Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Competition: 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, first round
Venue: Stryker Complex in Wichita, Kan. (grass field)
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CDT
Weather: 70s, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 2 2
FCW 0 1 1
MENACE – Mark Heath Preston 57:00; Leigh Veidman 85:00
FCW – Carlos Contreras 46:00
Des Moines Menace 2016 PDL Schedule
Wednesday, May 11 # at FC Wichita W, 2-1
Wednesday, May 18 # Tulsa Roughnecks FC 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, May 21 Chicago Fire U23 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, May 28 at St. Louis Lions 5 p.m. at Tony Glavin Complex
Saturday, June 4 Kokomo Mantis FC 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Friday, June 10 at Thunder Bay Chill 6:30 p.m. at Fort William Stadium
Saturday, June 11 at Thunder Bay Chill 6:30 p.m. at Fort William Stadium
Tuesday, June 14 at WSA Winnipeg 7 p.m. at Waverly Soccer Complex
Saturday, June 18 St. Louis Lions 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Friday, June 24 WSA Winnipeg 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, June 25 WSA Winnipeg 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Tuesday, June 28 at Chicago Fire U23 11 a.m. at Toyota Park
Friday, July 1 at Kokomo Mantis FC 6 p.m. at Kokomo Municipal Stadium
Saturday, July 2 at Kokomo Mantis FC 6 p.m. at Kokomo Municipal Stadium
Saturday, July 9 Thunder Bay Chill 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Friday, July 15 ^ Toledo United FC 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Saturday, July 16 St. Louis Lions 7:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
All game times are listed in Des Moines time
# = Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup ^ = Exhibition
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. The Menace men’s team competes in the Premier Development League (PDL) and is set to begin its 23rd season in 2016. Starting their fifth season this year, the Menace women’s team is part of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). 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 their youth soccer programs, including Junior Menace (ages 3-9), Menace Youth Academy (ages 10+), and other various youth tournaments, camps and clinics.
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