Menace players pictured in this win in Grimes (left to right): Nicole Pearson, Rachel McCloskey, Susan Kehl and goalkeeper Haley Morris. Photo credit: Joe Sprunger
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Sunday, July 17, 2016 – A 4-2 victory over the Minnesota TwinStars gives the Des Moines Menace a 6-1-1 record to close the books on the 2016 Women’s Premier Soccer League season.
Jordan Bishop scored in the 11th and 22nd minutes today at the Grimes Sports Complex. Fellow veterans Chelsea Cline and Lindsey Bywater scored early in the second half to put this season finale out of the visitors’ reach.
“Fantastic finish,” Menace head coach Justin Vorster said with a smile. “I’ve been so happy with this group. We’ve seen huge improvements from last year to this year. This gives us a good foundation to build upon – just gotta keep it going.”
In Vorster’s second year in charge, the Menace doubled its win total from the 2015 season (3-5-2). In the team’s five seasons, only the 2012 Women’s League Soccer champs’ 7-1-0 finish eclipses this year’s mark.
The Menace women end their fifth season on a four-match unbeaten streak highlighted by yesterday’s 1-1 draw with the Chicago Red Stars Reserves at Valley Stadium. Chicago – the defending league champ – has edged the Menace for the Heartland Region’s spot in the WPSL Playoffs.
In today’s season finale, Minnesota (2-5-1) struck early (Christine Szurek in the fifth minute) and late (Natalie Engel in the 83rd). Cline’s free kick in the 50th minute, and Bywater’s one-touch finish of Elise Reid’s cross three minutes later, were the finishing touches on a successful season.
The Menace is 6-0-0 all-time against Minnesota.
In four home matches played on grass fields, the Menace is 4-0-0 with a 22-4 scoring advantage.
Des Moines tripled opponents’ scoring, 27-9, this season.
Drake’s Haley Morris went 3-1-1 as the Menace’s goalkeeper to close the season.
The team’s all-time record is 29-14-3.
The Menace thanks Dallas Center-Grimes Soccer Club and the City of Grimes for hosting today’s match.
WOMAN of the MATCH: Jordan Bishop for jump-starting the Menace’s scoring today. This is the second time in a week that Bishop has received Woman of the Match honors; she opened the scoring to help rally the Menace past host Kansas City, 2-1, last Sunday.
Match: Minnesota TwinStars at Des Moines Menace
Date: Sunday, July 17, 2016
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Venue: Grimes Sports Complex (grass) in Grimes, Iowa
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 80s – sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 2 2 4
MN 1 1 2
MENACE: Jordan Bishop 11:00; Bishop 22:00; Chelsea Cline 50:00; Lindsey Bywater (Elise Reid) 53:00
MN: Christine Szurek 5:00; Natalie Engel 83:00
2016 FINAL RESULTS (6-1-1 WPSL: 3-0-1 home; 3-1-0 away)
Friday, May 27 at Quad City Eagles W, 4-0
Saturday, June 4 Kansas City Courage W, 4-0
Saturday, June 11 at Minnesota TwinStars W, 4-0
Friday, June 24 ^ WSA Winnipeg W, 5-0
Saturday, June 25 ^ WSA Winnipeg W, 9-0
Saturday, July 2 at Chicago Red Stars Reserves L, 0-4
Saturday, July 9 Quad City Eagles W, 8-1
Sunday, July 10 at Kansas City Courage W, 2-1
Saturday, July 16 Chicago Red Stars Reserves T, 1-1
Sunday, July 17 Minnesota TwinStars W, 4-2
All game times are central
^ = Exhibition
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. The Menace women’s team is part of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL), and 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 six and older), camps, clinics and tournaments.
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