Elise Reid (center) and the Menace are 2-0-0 to start the WPSL season.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, June 4, 2016 – Goals from familiar faces gave the Des Moines Menace women their 25th victory.
Veterans Danielle Puddefoot, Chelsea Cline and Elise Reid led the way – and newcomer Camila Parra also got in the scoring column – in a 4-0 stomping of the Kansas City Courage (2-1-0) today at Valley Stadium. In the first home action of their fifth season, the Menace ladies gained the upper hand after these rivals battled to a pair of 1-1 draws a year ago.
Less than eight minutes into the match, Puddefoot – the team’s top scorer a year ago – put the Menace (2-0-0 Women's Premier Soccer League) on the board with a textbook finish of a crisp cross from fellow returner Whitney Sharpe. Cline doubled the lead in the 27th minute, drilling the ball to the back-left corner just past the outstretched arms of KC keeper Mengyu Li.
“Couldn’t ask for a better start to the season,” Cline said after her first Menace action since 2014. “It’s good to be back – Feels fantastic to be part of this team again.”
In the second minute of the second half, Reid padded the lead with an emphatic, upper-90 strike from 25 yards out. Parra tacked on the tally, assisted by seasoned vet Lindsey Bywater in the 81st minute.
Like in its season-opener, Des Moines used a fast start to cruise to victory. After scoring thrice in a 4-0 win at Quad City on May 27, the Menace struck twice before today’s halftime. This is a welcome change from the 2015 season, when Justin Vorster’s side scored just one first-half goal – it came from Reid, against the host Courage, last June.
“I’m extremely excited with the way we’re playing,” said Vorster. “The cohesion is good to see; we’re collective as a team. We just got to keep the momentum going.”
The Menace looks to keep it going next Saturday, hitting the road to face the Minnesota TwinStars.
Des Moines’ all-time record is 25-13-2 – 14-3-1at home.
Goalkeepers Nikkie Inskeep (first half) and Haley Morris (second) shared the shutout.
The Menace is 4-1-0 in home openers, with the exception being a 3-0 loss to Chicago on May 31, 2014.
The Menace leads the series 3-0-2 against the Courage; these teams meet again on July 10 in Olathe, Kan.
WOMAN of the MATCH: Elise Reid, for her stunning goal to seal the victory and for constantly wreaking havoc in the Menace’s attacks into the KC defense. Reid, a Cedar Rapids native and Iowa State graduate, is back for her second season with the Menace.
UP NEXT: After next Saturday’s visit to Minnesota, the Menace has a bye week before a Friday-Saturday doubleheader against WSA Winnipeg, June 24-25.
Match: Kansas City Courage at Des Moines Menace
Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 70s, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 2 2 4
KC 0 0 0
MENACE – Danielle Puddefoot (Whitney Sharpe) 8:00; Chelsea Cline 27:00; Elise Reid 47:00; Camila Parra (Lindsey Bywater) 81:00
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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