Leigh Veidman (9), Elvir Ibisevic (19) and the Menace rolled to a 7-0 victory. Photo credit: Antonio Rodriguez
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, June 24, 2016 – Des Moines Menace captain Leigh Veidman has scored eight goals this season – and half of them came in tonight’s 7-0 rout of WSA Winnipeg.
Before this outburst, the last Menace player to score four goals in a match was Tomas Boltnar, way back in 2003. Finding the net in tonight’s 40th, 63rd, 67th and 78th minutes, Veidman put his name alongside the Menace legend’s.
Jimmy Fiscus, Jack Griffin and Devyn Jambga also struck tonight for the Menace, which is 7-0-1 heading into tomorrow’s rematch. James Wypych assisted Fiscus and Griffin in the 20th and 23rd minutes, and he set up Veidman’s nutmeg goal that opened the Menace’s second-half tirade.
“It’s nice to get the four goals, but the three points is the most important thing,” Veidman said. “I’m just happy to help the team.”
Veidman found some redemption tonight. In the 25th minute, his penalty kick attempt to the right was stopped by WSA goalkeeper Evan Barker. In the 40th minute, his PK attempt to the left got past Barker, who guessed the wrong direction.
"Veedo" has goals in five straight matches, starting with a successful swing through Canada. This included a 6-0 win at Winnipeg on June 14 – before tonight, the only occasion the Menace had scored more than a couple goals in a match.
“I thought it was more of a challenge today than it was in Canada,” said Veidman. “I felt like they sat back a lot more. We had to rely a lot on our wingers today, and they did a good job getting around the defense.”
The Menace’s dominant performance could be highlighted by one stat not on the scoreboard: The home team outshot WSA Winnipeg (1-10-0 Premier Development League) by an eye-popping 29-0 margin.
This is the Menace’s eighth straight shutout of WSA, and Des Moines has outscored the Manitoban club 54-8 in 16 matches (15-0-1).
WSA’s Ndanji Simwinga was sent off after receiving yellow cards in the 25th and 44th minutes. Menace has finished four of its last five matches with more players on the field than its opponents.
Des Moines is undefeated in 19 straight home matches, dating to the last game of the 2013 season.
The Menace is on a 16-match unbeaten streak that began with a 2-0 win at Winnipeg on June 21, 2015.
James Wypych’s three-assist performance is the first for a Menace player since Tomas Boltnar set up three goals in a 5-2 win against Thunder Bay on June 23, 2007; John Sosa set the franchise mark by assisting four goals in a 5-2 win over St. Louis on May 21, 2011.
Boltnar scored four goals in an 8-0 romp of Wisconsin on May 18, 2003.
MAN of the MATCH: Leigh Veidman, for adding his name to the Menace record books. Veidman is a native of Liverpool, England, a graduate of Bellevue (Neb.) and an assistant coach for Midland (Neb.).
UP NEXT: After wrapping up this doubleheader tomorrow, the Menace rolls into three road matches: Tuesday at Chicago and a Friday-Saturday twinbill at Kokomo.
Match: WSA Winnipeg at Des Moines Menace
Date: Friday, June 24, 2016
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CDT
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 3 4 7
WSA 0 0 0
MENACE: Jimmy Fiscus (James Wypych) 22:00; Jack Griffin (Wypych) 23:00; Leigh Veidman PK 40:00; Veidman 63:00; Veidman 68:00; Devyn Jambga 72:00; Veidman (Jambga) 78:00
WSA CAUTIONS: Ndanji Simwinga 25:00; Simwinga (second) 44:00; Jack Gale 50:00; Aaron Badescu 81:00
MENACE / WSA
Shots: 29 / 0
Saves: 0 / 18
Corner Kicks: 11 / 0
Fouls: 10 / 15
Offside: 3 / 1
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In its 23rd season, the Menace men’s team competes in the Premier Development League (PDL). In its fifth season, 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 six and older), and youth tournaments, camps and clinics.
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