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Menace takes on defending WPSL champions

Sarah Brandt scored three goals in the Menace's June 24-25 exhibition doubleheader with WSA Winnipeg. Photo credit: Dave Mable
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, July 1, 2016 – Undefeated in its Women’s Premier Soccer League season, the Des Moines Menace is on a quest to accomplish something it has never done before.
Des Moines looks for its first win against the Chicago Red Stars Reserves, the WPSL’s defending champions. The Red Stars Reserves (5-0-0) have dominated foes by an impressive 26-0 margin this season, and, over the last two years, they have outscored the Menace 15-2 in the teams’ four meetings.
Last year, Chicago shut out Des Moines 4-0 and 2-0, on the way to a 13-0-1 championship season culminated by a 2-1 triumph over SoCal FC in a late-July title match in Edmond, Okla.
Tomorrow’s match in Naperville – moved this week from Oak Brook – is a battle of the Heartland Region frontrunners. Seeing its first league action in three weeks, the Menace looks to build on a 3-0-0 start and a 12-0 scoring aggregate.
Des Moines’ remaining home action comes July 9 (Quad City) and July 16 (Chicago) at Valley Stadium and July 17 against Minnesota at Grimes Sports Complex. The Menace also travels to Kansas City on July 10.

Des Moines Menace at Chicago Red Stars Reserves

Date and time: Saturday, July 2 at 3 p.m. CDT
Venue: Nike Sports Complex (turf) in Naperville, Ill.
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season

  • 3-0-0 in WPSL play, the best start since the team’s inaugural season in 2012.
  • Has racked up 12 goals and has allowed none.
  • Coming off 5-0 (Friday) and 9-0) home exhibition wins over the WSA North Stars last weekend.
  • 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.
  • 5-0-0, seeing their first action since June 18 (6-0 win over visiting Minnesota) and June 19 (5-0 at Kansas City).
  • Defending WPSL champions.
  • 28-1-1 since rejoining the league for the 2014 season.
  • Janelle Flaws is in second place for most goals (eight) in the WPSL.
  • April Cronin (four), Ashleigh Ellenwood (three), Ashley Campbell (two), Vienna Behnke (two), Alexa Ben and Jasmin Carrera have also scored.
  • Directed by head coach Chris King.
  • Chicago is 4-0-0 against the Menace.
  • Last season, the Red Stars outscored the Menace 4-0 on June 6 at Valley Stadium and 2-0 in Oak Brook on June 26.
  • Des Moines has only scored twice against Chicago – Goals by Jordan Bishop and Mercy Darkoah put the visiting Menace up 2-0 in an eventual 6-2 loss on June 15, 2014.
  • The Menace ladies host in-state foe Quad City on July 9, opening a Rivalry Night doubleheader capped by the Menace hosting Thunder Bay in Premier Development League action.
  • 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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