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Menace welcomes Lions to the jungle

Devyn Jambga and the Menace are 13-0-1 in their last 14 matches, with the lone tie coming in this scoreless stalemate with Kokomo on June 4. Photo credit: Antonio Rodriguez
 
 
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, June 17, 2016 – Looking to push its unbeaten streak beyond a year, the Des Moines Menace hosts the St. Louis Lions in a 7:30 p.m. Premier Development League match tomorrow.
 
The Menace is undefeated in 14 straight regular-season matches, racking up a 13-0-1 run that started with a 4-0 victory at Winnipeg on June 21, 2015. Des Moines’ 17-match home unbeaten string stretches even further, all the way back to a 3-3 draw with the Lions on July 20, 2013.
 
A win or a tie tomorrow would also pull the Menace (5-0-1) out of a first-place tie with Chicago (5-2-1). With its sights set on a third consecutive Heartland Division title, the Menace has the momentum from three road wins against Canadian foes Thunder Bay (last Friday and Saturday) and Winnipeg (Tuesday). This was the first time since 2006 that Des Moines left Thunder Bay with two wins.
 
St. Louis is coming off a doubleheader weekend at home, where they beat Kokomo Mantis FC, 3-1 (Saturday) and drew, 2-2, against Saint Louis FC U23 (Sunday). The Lions are looking to snap an eight-match winless streak against the Menace.
 
Tomorrow’s match opens a three-match Menace home stand that continues with a June 24-25 doubleheader against WSA Winnipeg.
 

St. Louis Lions at Des Moines Menace

Date and Time: Saturday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Promotions: Youth-jersey giveaway sponsored by Scheels (first 250 fans 12 and younger)
 

 
 
ABOUT THE MENACE
  • 5-0-1 in PDL play after sweeping Thunder Bay (2-0 on June 10 and 2-1 on June 11) and WSA Winnipeg (6-0 on June 14).
  • In a first-place tie with Chicago (5-2-1), which is idle until hosting Kokomo on Tuesday.
  • Two-time defending Heartland Division champion (11-2-1 in 2015).
  • Captain Leigh Veidman, who has scored in the last three matches, was named to the PDL Team of the Week on Wednesday.
  • Second-year head coach Mike Matkovich (all-time PDL coaching record of 90-12-10 entering this season) is assisted by Greg Hennelly and Chris Rennie, as well as player-coaches Mark Heath-Preston and Leigh Veidman.
 
ABOUT THE LIONS
  • 2-4-1 in PDL play, in a three-way tie for third place of the Heartland Division with Thunder Bay and Kokomo Mantis FC.
  • Vadim Cojocov leads the team with three goals.
  • Carson Pryor, Nijaz Muratovic, Jeffrey Tryon, Cody Blentlinger, Jeffrey Palomarez, Trenton Thielfoldt and Yeoyada Cohen have also scored for the Lions.
  • The Lions are directed by head coach Tony Glavin and assistant coach Geoff Lorimier.
 
ALL-TIME SERIES
  • Des Moines leads the all-time series 14-5-10 (6-2-6 at home).
  • On May 28, Des Moines defeated St. Louis, 2-0, in St. Peters, Mo.; the teams meet again at Valley Stadium on July 16 to close the season.
  • On an eight-game unbeaten streak against St. Louis, the Menace has not lost to the Lions since May 25, 2013.
  • Des Moines is undefeated in 10 straight home matches with St. Louis, which has not won in Iowa since spoiling the Menace’s Valley Stadium debut (2-1) on May 10, 2008.
 
STREAKING
  • Des Moines’ 14-match regular-season unbeaten streak – the third-longest in franchise history – began with a 4-0 victory at Winnipeg on June 21, 2015.
  • The Menace is 13-0-1 in its last 14 PDL matches – the equivalent of the league schedule.
  • The team’s 17-match home unbeaten streak (the longest in franchise history) started with a 3-3 season-ending draw with St. Louis on July 20, 2013.
  • Des Moines is 13-0-4 in its home streak.
 
 
UP NEXT
  • Des Moines welcomes WSA Winnipeg for a weekend doubleheader (June 24 and 25). The Menace women’s team will play against the WSA North Stars both nights at 4:30 p.m. with the men’s game against WSA Winnipeg following.
 
 
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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