Danielle Puddefoot (10) and Camila Parra (right) each scored twice in the Menace's third 4-0 win in three outings. Photo credit: Antonio Rodriguez
MINNETONKA, Minn. – Saturday, June 11, 2016 – Braces from Camila Parra and Danielle Puddefoot boosted the Des Moines Menace to a 4-0 victory over the Minnesota TwinStars today at Hopkins High School Stadium.
Off to its best start since the team’s inaugural season, the Menace has won all three of its 2016 Women’s Premier Soccer League matches by identical scores. Des Moines has already matched its win total from a year ago.
The visitors wasted little time in pouncing early today. In the first minute, Parra finished a through-ball from Nicole Parson, freezing Minnesota’s goalkeeper from 15 yards out.
“It was a really hot day, and we wanted to get as many early goals as we could,” said Parra, whose first Menace goal came a week ago in a home win over Kansas City. ”To get that first-minute goal was important for our team.”
Last season, all of Puddefoot’s team-leading four goals came against the TwinStars – with three of them coming in the final 15 minutes of a 3-0 season-ending win in Minnesota. Once again, she found back-to-back goals against the TwinStars.
Puddefoot’s second and third goals of the season arrived in the 49th and 53rd minutes. With the win in sight, Parra found the back of the net in the 75th minute of this physical matchup.
“I’m really enjoying it,” Parra said of her first year with the Menace. “It’s fun to be part of a team that’s well connected. I’m just excited to what we can do this season.”
Assistant coach Alex Fonseca led the team today in head coach Justin Vorster’s absence.
“We are very excited about the start, and the team’s hard work is paying off. Today is a perfect example of that,” Fonseca said. “I think one of the keys of the team is that they’re working together as a team, not only on the field but also off it. I think that everyone on the team is contributing, and that’s helping us continue with our positive outcomes.”
Des Moines’ 3-0-0 mark is the team’s best start in four WPSL seasons. The inaugural Menace ladies won their first six matches en route to the 2012 Women’s League Soccer title.
The Menace’s goal total through three matches is just one shy of the 13 the team scored in a 2015 season that ended with a 3-5-2 mark.
With a 13-1 lead on aggregate scoring, the Menace is 5-0-0 against the TwinStars in a series that started in 2014.
WOMAN of the MATCH: Camila Parra, for her two-goal performance, including the earliest goal scored in the Menace ladies’ history. Parra is a native of Brisbane, Australia who attends William Penn University.
UP NEXT: The Menace has a bye week before a Friday-Saturday doubleheader against WSA Winnipeg, June 24-25.
Match: Des Moines Menace at Minnesota TwinStars
Date: Saturday, June 11, 2016
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Venue: Hopkins High School Stadium (turf) in Minnetonka, Minn.
Kickoff: 4 p.m. CDT
Weather: 90s, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 1 3 4
MN 0 0 0
MENACE – Camila Parra (Nicole Pearson) 1:00; Danielle Puddefoot (Haley Helverson) 49:00; Puddefoot 53:00; Parra 75:00
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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