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Menace WPSL hosts QC, heads to KC

Camila Parra has netted three goals in league play, sharing the team lead with Danielle Puddefoot. Photo credit: Dave Mable
 
 
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Thursday, July 7, 2016 – A rivalry match against the Quad City Eagles kicks off an action-packed stretch to close the Des Moines Menace ladies’ season.
 
Saturday’s Interstate-80 Derby at Valley Stadium is the first of four Women’s Premier Soccer League games in nine days for the Menace. With a quick turnaround on Sunday, the Menace ventures to Kansas City.
 
Des Moines’ last remaining home action comes July 16 (Chicago Red Stars Reserves) at Valley Stadium and July 17 (Minnesota TwinStars) at Grimes Sports Complex.
 
After suffering its first loss on Saturday (4-0 at defending WPSL Chicago), Des Moines is 3-1-0. The defending WPSL champion shut out Des Moines 4-0. The Menace sits in second place of the Heartland Region, with 4-0 wins over Quad City, Kansas City and Minnesota.
 

Quad City Eagles at Des Moines Menace
Date and time: Saturday, July 9 at 4:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Followed by: Premier Development League match between the Menace and Thunder Bay
 
Des Moines Menace at Kansas City Courage
Date and time: Sunday, July 10 at 4 p.m. CDT
Venue: Bourke Field at Rockhurst University (turf) in Kansas City, Mo.
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
 

 
ABOUT THE MENACE
  • 3-1-0 in WPSL play, the best start since the team’s inaugural season in 2012.
  • Has racked up 12 goals and has allowed four.
  • Coming off a 4-0 loss against defending WPSL champions Chicago Red Stars Reserves on Saturday in Naperville, Ill.
  • 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 EAGLES
  • 0-5-0, coming off a 2-1 loss at Kansas City on June 26.
  • Have a goal differential of -17 (3-20).
  • Finished last season 4-6-0 after not having a team in 2014.
  • Led by head coach Jon Mannall, who is assisted by Javid Wood and Jon Sandoval.
 
ALL-TIME SERIES: MENACE VS. EAGLES
  • Des Moines leads the series 3-2-0, after defeating Quad City 4-0 on May 27 in Davenport.
  • Goals in the last win came from Nicole Pearson (two), Hannah Evans and Sarah Brandt.
  • The Menace has outscored the Eagles 12-5 in five matches.
 
ABOUT THE COURAGE
  • 3-3-0 in WPSL play.
  • Aliesha Cassie, Taylor Gonzales, Harrison Hayworth, Sarah Henderson and Gabrielle Severns have scored for the Courage, which has a goal differential of -10 (5-15).
  • Directed by head coach Wendy Louque.
 
ALL-TIME SERIES: MENACE VS. COURAGE
  • Des Moines leads the series 3-0-2.
  • On June 4 at Valley Stadium, the Menace defeated the Courage 4-0.
  • The Menace has outscored the Courage 11-5 overall, but just 3-2 away.
  • Last season, the teams tied 1-1 in both meetings.
 
UP NEXT
  • The Menace ladies have another busy weekend, hosting the Chicago Red Stars Reserves at Valley Stadium on Saturday, July 16 and the Minnesota TwinStars at Grimes Sports Complex on Sunday, July 17.
 
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 seven and older), tournaments, camps and clinics.
 
 
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