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Menace cruises to complete Canadian sweep

Leigh Veidman has scored in three straight matches -- all wins in Canada. Photo credit: Antonio Rodriguez
WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Tuesday, June 14, 2016 – The Des Moines Menace’s depth was on display tonight in a 6-0 stomping that sends the team home with three wins on Canadian soil.
The goals against WSA Winnipeg came from six scorers who tied the franchise’s record for largest margin of victory in a Premier Development League road match.
Des Moines has climbed into a first-place tie, thanks to a balanced attack that featured scores tonight from Jack Griffin, Leigh Veidman, Elvir Ibisevic, Christian Okeke, Ricky Hoegg and Tommy Barlow.
The Menace (5-0-1, 16 points) sits atop the Heartland Division table alongside Chicago (5-2-1), which drew 2-2 tonight at Thunder Bay – where the Menace won Friday and Saturday to start this three-match jaunt. Last-place WSA Winnipeg helped the Menace on Sunday, upsetting Chicago, 1-0, to snap the Manitobans’ 32-match winless streak.
“It’s exciting,” said Veidman, who has scored in three straight outings after netting both game-winners against the arch-rival Chill. “The guys worked hard. It was just a case of taking it one game at a time. We came into each game very disciplined and we come away with three big wins. We got the job done.”
Heading into Saturday’s home match with St. Louis, the Menace is on a 14-match unbeaten streak that is nearly a year old. Tonight’s rampage matches a 6-0 road win by the 2002 Menace at Wisconsin.
The division’s two-time defending champs struck early against WSA Winnipeg. Veidman assisted Griffin in the 13th minute, and a minute later the captain finished a cross-pass from Ibisevic, who finished Austin Bergstrom’s set-up in the 24th minute.
Entering tonight, the Menace had put two goals on the board in all six of its wins (including two in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup). The visitors doubled this total by tonight’s 31st minute, when a sliding Okeke smashed home James Wypych’s cross.
“That was our aim before the game, to get the goals early,” Veidman said. “This just relaxed us. We knew if we got those early goals it would put us into the rhythm of our game and more goals would come.”
The final goals came after the Menace gained a one-man advantage in the second half. WSA’s Aaron Badescu left the game following back-to-back yellow cards in the 51st and 52nd minutes.
Austin Polster assisted Hoegg in the 65th minute and Joash Sutherland set up Barlow in stoppage time.
“This whole trip we’ve relied on our depth. The bench has been vital for us,” said Veidman. “It shows that people are stepping up when we need them to. Everybody worked hard, and a lot of our goals have come from a lot of good buildup with positive finishes.”
Mike Matkovich’s Menace heads home with hopes for many more positive finishes. Riding the momentum of a three-win road trip, the team plays its next three matches at home. The team holds a 17-match unbeaten streak in the friendly confines of Valley Stadium.
Only one roadtrip remains on the Menace's PDL schedule. The team swings through Chicago (June 28) and Kokomo, Ind. (July 1-2) for another stretch of three matches in six days of travel.
  • Des Moines is 14-0-1 (8-0-1 on the road) against WSA Winnipeg. The Menace has outscored WSA 47-8 (32-7 on the road).
  • The team’s last PDL regular-season loss was June 19, 2015 (2-0 at Thunder Bay).
  • On two other occasions the Menace has scored six goals on the road: 6-1 at Sioux Falls on July 4, 2005 and 6-0 at Wisconsin on June 29, 2002.
  • WSA is 1-7-0 with three goals for and 28 allowed.
  • In the Heartland Division standings, Des Moines and Chicago have 16 points, more than double the seven points held by three teams (Thunder Bay, Kokomo and St. Louis) in a third-place logjam.
MAN of the MATCH: Leigh Veidman, for his early goal and assist to cap an eventful trip. On Thursday, he turned 28 and celebrated with a bus trip to Canada. On Friday, he scored the game-winner on a penalty kick in a 2-0 defeat of the nine-man Thunder Bay Chill. On Saturday, he scored late in a 2-1 win over the Chill to seal the Menace’s first sweep in Thunder Bay since 2006.
UP NEXT: The Menace hosts the St. Louis Lions on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Scheels is giving away 250 Menace youth jerseys (ages 12 and under). Payback-minded WSA Winnipeg visits the Menace for a June 24-25 doubleheader.

Match: Des Moines Menace at WSA Winnipeg

Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex (turf) in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CDT
Weather: 60s, windy and overcast
Scoring Summary:     1    2     F
MENACE                      4   2     6  
WSA                           0   0     0
MENACE: Jack Griffin (Leigh Veidman) 13:00; Veidman (Ibisevic) 14:00; Elvir Ibisevic (Austin Bergstrom) 24:00; Christian Okeke (James Wypych) 31:00; Ricky Hoegg (Austin Polster) 65:00; Tommy Barlow (Joash Sutherland) 90:00’+
Misconduct Summary
MENACE CAUTIONS: Austin Polster 90:00+
WSA CAUTIONS: Tom Prazak 23:00; Moses Danto 48:00; Aaron Badescu 51:00; Badescu (ejected) 52:00; Fred Attigalah 57:00


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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