Chelsea Cline and the Menace will see their first home action since this June 4 win over Kansas City. Photo credit: Dave Mable
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Wednesday, June 22, 2016 – This weekend is Des Moines Menace fans’ only chance to see their women’s team play at home in a five-week period.
Des Moines welcomes the WSA North Stars from Winnipeg for a Friday-Saturday exhibition doubleheader at Valley Stadium. These are the second and third home matches for the Menace, which is 3-0-0 to start the Women’s Premier Soccer League season.
In their first action since June 11, the Menace ladies will take the field as part of a five-match weekend. On the men’s side, the Menace will host WSA Winnipeg on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30, right after the 4:30 women’s matches. On Saturday, the girls version of the Iowa High School All-Star Game kicks off at 2 o’clock.
After its prolonged break, Justin Vorster’s Menace women are fresh and ready for a jam-packed July. Starting with a July 2 match at defending WPSL champion Chicago, the Menace plays five of its eight league matches in a 16-day flurry to end the season.
The Menace’s remaining home action comes July 9 (Quad City) and July 16 (Chicago) at Valley Stadium and July 17 against Minnesota at Grimes Sports Complex.
WSA North Stars at Des Moines Menace
Date and time: Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25 at 4:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Promotions: Wear red and receive a $5 ticket on Friday. Come out early to cheer on the Iowa high-school all-star girls on Saturday.
ABOUT THE MENACE
3-0-0 in WPSL play, the best start since the team’s inaugural season in 2012.
Has won all three matches by a 4-0 scoreline.
Entered its fifth season with a record of 23-13-2, after finishing last season 3-5-2.
Danielle Puddefoot and Camila Parra lead the team with three goals each, followed by Nicole Pearson with two.
Led by second-year head coach Justin Vorster, who is assisted by Alex Fonseca, John “Shedzy” Sheridan and Ross Alexander.
ABOUT THE WSA NORTH STARS
Part of the nine-team Premier Winnipeg Women’s Soccer League.
3-1-1 in WWSL play, in second place behind Winnipeg Bisons FC.
Part of World Soccer Academy, which also fields WSA Winnipeg in the Premier Development League.
Led by head coach William Rosales.
In the team’s only previous meeting, Des Moines rallied and defeated WSA, 3-2, on May 18, 2013.
Current Menace players Lindsey Bywater and Tori VonMende scored, as did Jenna Richins.
The Menace travels on July 2 to face the Chicago Red Stars Reserves in Oak Brook, Ill.
The Menace’s next home match is July 9 against in-state foe, Quad City.
ABOUT THE WOMEN’S PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE
Formed in 1998, the WPSL has over 100 teams across the United States.
Its main focus is on the development of highly competitive premier women’s soccer teams.
Des Moines plays in the Heartland Region along with the Quad City Eagles, Chicago Red Stars Reserves, Kansas City Courage and Minnesota TwinStars.
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In their fifth season, the Menace ladies compete in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). In its 23rd season, the Menace men’s team competes in the Premier Development League (PDL). 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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