Nick Jones (22), scored the first goal in the Menace's 2-1 victory. Photo credit: Dave Mable
THUNDER BAY, Ontario – Saturday, June 11, 2016 – Not since 2006 had the Des Moines Menace swept a doubleheader hosted by the Thunder Bay Chill.
Following a wild, 2-0 victory over the nine-man Chill, the Menace’s encore 24 hours later was an immensely satisfying 2-1 triumph over its arch-rival.
Entering this weekend – the first leg of a Canadian journey that concludes with a Tuesday match in Winnipeg – Des Moines had picked up just four points (one win and one tie) in the team’s previous 10 battles in Thunder Bay.
Though the 2016 Menace (4-0-1) still has much to prove, this year’s crew is on a 13-match unbeaten streak and in select company. In a heated rivalry dating to 2000, only two other Menace teams have escaped Ontario with a pair of wins against the Chill: the eventual Premier Development League regular-season champions who would finish the 2002 season undefeated, and the defending PDL champs four years later.
“It was a massive feat for the team,” said Nick Jones, one of the Menace's goal-scoring heroes tonight. “We really just came together and worked well, and it’s a big six points.”
Leigh Veidman delivered the game-winner last night, and he did it again tonight. With the match knotted in the 76th minute, Devyn Jambga found Veidman crashing into the box; the Menace captain deftly flicked the ball in to the goal’s bottom-left corner.
The Menace drew first blood midway through tonight’s first half. In the 25th minute, and from about 25 yards out, Jones bent his bullet of a free kick around a wall of defenders and to the right of goalkeeper Daniel Milton, who wasn’t able to get a paw on it.
The Chill (2-2-0) responded in the 39th minute on a counter attack following a Menace corner kick. Sullivan Silva, a former pro and the PDL’s 2012 Most Valuable Player, blasted a shot that deflected off the Menace’s Austin Ledbetter and past the dive of Jake Leeker, who made his first appearance in goal for the Menace tonight.
This is the PDL’s longest-standing rivalry series, and Des Moines has an all-time advantage of 28-24-4 (with a 13-16-3 record in matches at Thunder Bay).
Of the league’s 67 teams, the Menace has operated the most continuous seasons (23, starting in 1994), and the Chill, in its 17th season, is No. 4 on this list.
The Chill played tonight without the services of midfield mainstays Anthony Putrus and Pedro Adan, who were issued red cards in the first 11 minutes of last night's match.
Starting with a 3-2 win here on June 14. 2014, the Menace has won six of its last seven meetings with the Chill. The teams reunite July 9 at Valley Stadium in their only remaining matchup this season.
The Menace’s 13-match unbeaten streak goes back to 2015, when the team won its last eight matches to successfully defend the Heartland Division title.
The previous Menace teams to sweep doubleheaders in Thunder Bay: 2002 (won 4-0 on May 31 and 4-3 on June 1) and 2006 (won 3-2 on July 7 and 4-2 on July 8).
It’s been almost a year since the Menace’s last regular-season loss (2-0 here on June 19, 2015).
MAN of the MATCH: Nick Jones, for his second Menace goal and for his active role in the Menace attack. Jones, a St. Louis native, is the second straight Wisconsin Badger to earn Man of the Match: college teammate Tommy Barlow received the honor last night after scoring in last night’s 2-0 win.
UP NEXT: The Menace heads west to Manitoba tomorrow, prepping for a Tuesday-night tangle with WSA Winnipeg. Des Moines’ next home action is June 18 against the St. Louis Lions. Scheels is sponsoring a youth-jersey giveaway for fans 12 and younger.
Match: Des Moines Menace at Thunder Bay Chill
Date: Saturday, June 11, 2016
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Fort William Stadium (turf) in Thunder Bay, Ontario
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. EDT
Weather: 60s, windy and partly sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 1 1 2
TB 1 0 1
MENACE: Nick Jones 25:00; Leigh Veidman (Devyn Jambga) 76:00
TB: Sullivan Silva 39:00
MENACE CAUTIONS: Leigh Veidman 83:00; Austin Bergstrom 90:00; Tommy Barlow 90:00
TB CAUTIONS: Christopher Jones 55:00; Dominic Roberts 62:00; Daniel Oliveira 69:00; Mitchell Osmond 84:00; James Pendrigh 90:00
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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