Photo credit: Megan Lankford
THUNDER BAY, Ontario – Friday, June 10, 2016 – Wins on the Thunder Bay Chill’s home field are tough to come by – even when you’re playing with a two-man advantage for most of the match.
In a hostile reunion of Premier Development League arch-rivals, the Des Moines Menace prevailed, 2-0, tonight at Fort William Stadium. Red cards issued to the Chill’s Anthony Putrus (third minute) and Pedro Adan (11th) quickly made this an 11v9 match, and the visitors eventually capitalized.
Leigh Veidman put away his penalty kick in first-half stoppage time, Tommy Barlow collected his first Menace goal (in the 66th minute), and Des Moines extended its regular-season unbeaten streak to 12.
After spoiling Thunder Bay’s home opener, the Menace (3-0-1) seeks a rare road sweep against the Chill (2-1-0) in tomorrow night’s rematch. The last time the Menace escaped Thunder Bay with a pair of wins was in 2006. Entering this weekend’s doubleheader, Des Moines had won just once in its last 10 road matches against its northern nemesis.
Fort William Stadium is the site of the Menace’s most recent loss in league play – a 2-0 setback on June 19 that was Des Moines’ last blemish in a 2015 season that closed on an eight-match win streak to seal the franchise’s first back-to-back Heartland Division championships.
If the Menace can keep its undefeated string alive tomorrow and also Tuesday in Winnipeg, Des Moines will have the opportunity to tie the franchise’s second-longest unbeaten streak when it hosts St. Louis this Saturday.
Goalkeeper Aaron Orban earned the shutout in his first action with the Menace
In the PDL’s longest-standing rivalry, Des Moines has an all-time advantage of 27-24-4 (with a 12-16-3 record in matches at Thunder Bay).
Starting with a 3-2 win here on June 14, 2014, the Menace has won five of its last six meetings with the Chill.
For the last nine seasons, the Heartland Division champion has been either Des Moines or Thunder Bay.
The Menace’s 12-match unbeaten streak is the third longest in the franchise’s 23-year history. The record is 24 matches (May 4, 2002 – May 31, 2003), and the Menace’s second longest streak is 15 (July 5, 2008 – June 28, 2009).
MAN of the MATCH: Tommy Barlow, for his insurance goal, which came 10 minutes after he entered the match. The goal came on a rebound following Chill keeper Daniel Milton’s save of Elvir Ibisevic’s header of Raul Gonzalez’s cross pass.
Barlow is a St. Louis native who attends Wisconsin. He saw his first Menace action in the second-half of last Saturday’s scoreless draw with Kokomo Mantis FC at Valley Stadium.
UP NEXT: Des Moines’ next home action is June 18 against the St. Louis Lions. Scheels All Sports is sponsoring a youth-jersey giveaway for fans 12 and younger.
Match: Des Moines Menace at Thunder Bay Chill
Date: Friday, June 10, 2016
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Fort William Stadium (turf) in Thunder Bay, Ontario
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. EDT
Weather: 60s, overcast
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 1 1 2
TB 0 0 0
MENACE: Leigh Veidman 45:00+ PK; Tommy Barlow 66:00
TB EJECTIONS: Anthony Putrus 3:00; Pedro Adan 11:00
TB CAUTIONS: Christopher Jones 21:00; James Pendrigh 44:00
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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