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The Menace celebrates in the 4-0 home win over Kansas City on June 4. Left to right: Chelsea Cline, Sammy Fegen, Whitney Sharpe, Elise Reid, Mandy Pochobradsky, Georgia Robert and Rachel McCloskey. Photo credit: Dave Mable
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, June 10, 2016 – With a pair of 4-0 wins already under their belts, the Des Moines Menace women look to keep rolling tomorrow afternoon on the road.
The Menace also looks to continue its success against the Minnesota TwinStars when these teams reunite at 4 o’clock. In a series that began in 2014, Des Moines has won all four encounters, including wins to open and close last season.
Justin Vorster’s team has started 2016 on the right foot, claiming decisive wins on May 27 at Quad City and last Saturday against Kansas City. The team’s goals have come from seven scorers, and Des Moines has already matched its shutout total from last year, when the Menace blanked Minnesota, 2-0 and 3-0.
For Des Moines, this is the last Women’s Premier Soccer League regular-season action until July 2. The Menace hosts WSA Winnipeg for a pair of exhibitions on June 24 and 25. Vorster’s forces wrap up the season with five matches in July.


Des Moines Menace at Minnesota TwinStars

Date and time: Saturday, June 11 at 4 p.m. CDT
Venue: Hopkins High School Stadium (turf) in Minnetonka, Minn.
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season

  • 2-0-0, with a pair of 4-0 wins (May 27 at Quad City and June 4 vs. Kansas City).
  • 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.
  • This year’s goal scorers: Sarah Brandt, Chelsea Cline, Hannah Evans, Camilla Parra, Nicole Pearson (two), Danielle Puddefoot and Elise Reid.
  • 0-1-0 following a 2-0 home loss to Kansas City on May 28.
  • Finished last season 1-8-1 (last of six teams).
  • Led by head coach Bulut “Turk” Ozturk.
  • Hosts the Chicago Red Stars Reserves on Sunday.
  • Des Moines has won all four meetings in a series that began in 2014.
  • The Menace’s 2015 season started (2-0 at home on May 23) and ended (3-0 in Minnesota on July 12) with wins against the TwinStars.
  • The last time these teams met, Danielle Puddefoot broke a scoreless tie with three goals in the final 15 minutes.
  • The Menace has outscored the TwinStars 9-1, with Minnesota’s lone goal against the Menace coming less than two minutes into the TwinStars’ WPSL debut (a 3-1 Menace win on May 24, 2014 in Minnesota).
  • With a pair of goals on each side of halftime, the Menace scored a 4-0 home-opener win over the Kansas City Courage at Valley Stadium.
  • Scoring in the team’s 25th victory were returners Danielle Puddefoot, Chelsea Cline, Elise Reid and newcomer Camilla Parra.
  • After a bye weekend, the Menace hosts WSA Winnipeg for a Friday-Saturday doubleheader, June 24-25.
  • 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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