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Menace hosts KC in WPSL home opener

Sammy Fegen (12) and the Menace head into their 2016 home schedule.
 
 
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, June 3, 2016 – A milestone could kick off the home schedule for the Des Moines Menace women, who are seeking the 25th victory in team history.
 
Coming off a 4-0, season-opening win at Quad City a week ago, the Menace welcomes the Kansas City Courage to Valley Stadium tomorrow. This is a rematch of Women’s Premier Soccer League rivals who battled to a pair of 1-1 draws in 2015.
 
In its fifth season, Des Moines is 24-13-2 all-time – 13-3-1 at home. The Menace has won three of its four home openers, with the exception coming in a 3-0 setback to the Chicago Red Stars Reserves in 2014.
 
After their first home action of the season, head coach Justin Vorster and his crew hit the road next weekend, visiting the Minnesota TwinStars on June 11. Following a bye weekend, the Menace will host a Friday-Saturday doubleheader with WSA Winnipeg, June 24-25. The team plays six home matches, wrapping up with three in July.
 

 
Kansas City Courage at Des Moines Menace
Date and time: Saturday, June 4 at 4:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
 

 
 
ABOUT THE MENACE
  • Finished last season 3-5-2 (fourth out of six teams).
  • Entered its fifth season with a record of 23-13-2.
  • Led by second-year head coach Justin Vorster, who is assisted by Alex Fonseca, John “Shedzy” Sheridan and Ross Galbraith.
  • Danielle Puddefoot led the 2015 team with four goals, and fellow returners Nicole Pearson and Elise Reid scored two goals apiece.
  • Also back are fifth-year veterans Jordan Bishop and Carlan Samuelson, and fourth-year vet Haley Helverson (who led the 2014 Menace with six goals).
 
 
ABOUT KC COURAGE
  • 2-0-0 after road wins at Minnesota (2-0 on May 28) and Quad City (1-0 on May 29).
  • Goals have come from Taylor Gonzales, Harrison Hayworth and Sarah Henderson.
  • Finished last season 1-6-3 (fifth out of six teams).
  • Led by head coach Wendy Louque.
 
 
ALL-TIME SERIES
  • Des Moines leads 2-0-2 in a series that began in 2014.
  • The Menace has outscored the KC Courage, 7-5.
  • In 2015, these teams shared a pair of 1-1 stalemates – the only ties in the Menace’s history.
  • Last season, the home team rallied to earn a point on May 30 at Valley Stadium and June 14 in Olathe.
  • The Menace’s Katie Hurd scored in the 75th minute of the home match, and Elise Reid spotted her team the lead in the 31st minute in the away contest.
 
 
RECAP FROM LAST FRIDAY
  • The Menace opened the season with a 4-0 win over the Quad City Eagles at Davenport Soccer Complex.
  • The goals came from Hannah Evans (19th minute), Nicole Pearson (23rd and 46th) and Sarah Brandt (34th).
  • Second-year Menace goalie Nicole Inskeep earned her first WPSL save.
 
 
PROMOTIONS
  • Saturday is Youth Soccer Night, when youth-soccer players in their team jerseys receive $1 admission for a Menace doubleheader.
  • The Menace hosts a 7:30 p.m. Premier Development League (men’s) match against Kokomo Mantis FC.
 
 
UP NEXT
  • A June 11 road trip to Minnesota is next on the WPSL schedule for Des Moines.
 
 
ABOUT THE WOMEN’S PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE
  • Formed in 1998, the WPSL has over 100 teams across the United States.
  • Its main focus is on the development of highly competitive premier women’s soccer teams.
  • Des Moines plays in the Heartland Region along with the Quad City Eagles, Chicago Red Stars Reserves, Kansas City Courage and Minnesota TwinStars.
 
 
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 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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