Tommy Barlow was a hat-trick hero on Saturday. Photo credit: University Photo
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, June 25, 2016 – Another night, another lopsided win against WSA Winnipeg.
Twenty-four hours after crushing the Canadian team 7-0, the Des Moines Menace scored seven goals in the second half of tonight’s 9-0 Premier Development League landslide at Valley Stadium.
Last night, Leigh Veidman scored four goals for the Menace. Tonight, Tommy Barlow joined the franchise’s hat-trick club, bagging three consecutive scores in a 30-minute span. He left the match immediately following his goal in the 61st minute.
“It always feels good to help your team, and a hat trick always sounds pretty nice,” said Barlow, who also scored thrice in a PDL match last season for Reading.
Raul Gonzalez, Ricky Hoegg, Mark Heath-Preston, Devyn Jambga, Nick Edginton and Christian Flath were also part of tonight’s scoring spree, as this group set a franchise record: seven Menace players scored in the match, eclipsing the mark of six scorers (in a 6-0 victory at Winnipeg on June 14, and also in a 10-0 stomping of Chicago on July 17, 2015).
Alex Masbruch collected three assists, matching James Wypych’s total from last night. Gonzalez, Hoegg, Jambga and Ryan Masch also set up scores.
Riding a 17-match unbeaten streak, Des Moines is 8-0-1, with the Heartland Division’s best record heading into Tuesday’s match at second-place Chicago (6-3-1, following a loss tonight at Kokomo).
The Menace’s PDL-best goal differential is 30 (32-2); WSA Winnipeg’s league-worst goal differential is -44 (3-47 – this is not a typo).
Everything is clicking for Mike Matkovich’s Menace. The team has not yet trailed in a league match this season, and 13 players have added their names to the scoring column.
“We all get along, we’re all great friends, and we play well together. We move the ball, and we work well as a team,” Barlow said. “Right now, we’re playing with good connection, with good flow. Have to give credit to our coach: he does a great job.”
The Menace won 6-0 at Winnipeg on June 14, and Des Moines has outscored Winnipeg 63-8 (16-0-1, with nine straight shutouts in the series).
Des Moines is undefeated in 20 straight home matches, dating to the last game of the 2013 season.
The last time the Menace scored nine goals was a 9-1 win over Thunder Bay on June 21, 2002.
The Menace outshot WSA 27-2, one night after posting a 29-0 advantage.
Down to its last two PDL matches, WSA (that stands for World Soccer Academy) is 1-11-2.
The 9-0 result came right after a 9-0 exhibition win for the Menace women against the WSA North Stars.
MAN of the MATCH: Tommy Barlow for his hat-trickery. This is the second “Man of the Match” recognition this season for Barlow, who earned the title after a 2-0 victory at Thunder Bay on June 10. Barlow is a native of St. Louis, and he attends Wisconsin.
UP NEXT: The Menace closes its road schedule this week: Tuesday at Chicago and Friday and Saturday at Kokomo (Ind.).
Match: WSA Winnipeg at Des Moines Menace
Date: Saturday, June 25, 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 2 7 9
WSA 0 0 0
MENACE: Raul Gonzalez 16:00; Tommy Barlow (Gonzalez) 31:00; Barlow (Ryan Masch) 48:00; Barlow (Ricky Hoegg) 61:00; Hoegg (Devin Jambga) 62:00; Mark Heath-Preston (Alex Masbruch) 75:00; Jambga (Masbruch) 81:00; Nick Edginton (Masbruch) 83:00; Christian Flath 90:00
MENACE CAUTION: Nick Jones 37:00
WSA CAUTIONS: Moses Danto 45:00+; Prince Amarra 45:00+
MENACE / WSA
Shots: 27 / 2
Saves: 2 / 13
Corner Kicks: 12 / 1
Fouls: 6 / 9
Offside: 1 / 0
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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