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Lions rain on Menace's parade, 1-0

Lightning, thunderstorms and flood waters moved the action to Christian High School.


O’FALLON, Mo. – Saturday, May 27, 2017 – A thunderstorm, a change of venue and the St. Louis Lions made for a rocky start to the Des Moines Menace’s road schedule.

The Lions pulled out a 1-0 Premier Development League victory tonight at Christian High School. Vadim Cojocov’s header goal in the 66th minute helped St. Louis top the Menace for the first time in 11 tries.

Lightning disrupted plans for a match that was set to start at 5 o’clock at Tony Glavin Soccer Complex in Cottleville. Flooded field conditions moved the action six miles north to the artificial turf here in O’Fallon, where the action began almost three and a half hours behind schedule.

This was the first of back-to-back matches for the Menace (1-1-0 PDL), which looks to rebound tomorrow afternoon in a 3:30 meeting with Saint Louis FC U23.

“A physical match, and they came at us with high tempo, aggressive play, trying to get in our faces and frustrate us,” said Menace midfielder Adam Knight, who played for the Lions the last two seasons. “It was one of those games where things don’t go exactly as we want. But we have a quick turnaround tomorrow. It’s a fresh start, and we move on. Our reaction from tonight’s game will determine the rest of the season for us.”



  • This is the Menace’s first loss to the Lions since a 1-0 setback at Tony Glavin Soccer Complex on May 25, 2013. The Menace entered tonight on an 8-0-2 run against the Lions.
  • Des Moines is 16-6-10 all-time against St. Louis.
  • The Lions (2-1-0) bounced back from a 6-0 loss at Chicago FC United on Tuesday. They've already matched their win total from a year ago (2-8-4).
  • For the Menace, this was the first of six straight PDL Heartland Division matches on the road.
  • Menace goalkeeper Jake Leeker, a St. Louis native, saw his first action of the 2017 season.


MAN of the MATCH: Lucas Stauffer, for the second time this season. Stauffer, a Creighton Bluejay from Owensboro, Ky., is back for his second season with the Menace.

UP NEXT: Des Moines meets Saint Louis FC U23 for the first time. SLSG Collinsville (Ill.) is the site for tom

The next home action comes June 3 against Minneapolis City SC on Youth-Soccer Night. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be available for photos during the game, and youth-soccer players wearing their team jerseys will receive free admission.



Match: Des Moines Menace at St. Louis Lions

Date: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Christian High School (turf field) in O’Fallon, Mo.
Kickoff: 8:20 p.m CDT – originally scheduled for 5 p.m. at Tony Glavin Soccer Complex (grass field) in Cottleville, Mo.
Weather: 60s, following thunderstorms and a lightning delay

Scoring Summary:     1    2     F
MENACE                      0    0  0
StL                               0   1     1

StL: Vadim Cojocov (Justin Sanson) 66:00


Misconduct Summary: StL Cautions: Vadim Cojocov 29:00; Josh Baker 56:00; Alex Richt 60:00; MENACE Cautions: Lucas Stauffer 28:00; Nic Jaimes 49:00; Adam Knight 68:00

Stats Summary:

Shots:  4 / 3
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 7 / 3
Fouls: 14 / 8
Offside: 4 / 2



ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In its 24th season, the Menace men’s team competes in the Premier Development League (PDL). Entering its sixth 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 tournaments, camps and clinics.

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