Devyn Jambga (left) pulled the Menace even in an eventual tie at Saint Louis FC U23.
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. – Sunday, May 28, 2017 – Devyn Jambga’s second-half score salvaged a 1-1 stalemate with Saint Louis FC U23 this afternoon at SLSG Collinsville.
The Menace brings home a point from its first road trip of the Premier Development League season. This matinee came just 17 hours after the conclusion of a lightning-delayed, 1-0 loss to the St. Louis Lions last night.
In the teams’ inaugural meeting, Heartland Division newcomer Saint Louis FC U23 (2-0-1) grabbed the lead in today’s 27th minute. Sam Gainford scored in his third straight game, and his team led for most of this one.
The physical match started to open up after the 60th minute, when the Menace subbed in some fresh legs and found some momentum with the wind at their backs.
The equalizer arrived in the 74th minute. Luca Puster’s long ball bounced a couple times, Jambga won a 50/50 just inside the box and his chip shot beat goalkeeper Kyle Dal Santo.
“It felt really good to get the goal, because it gave us a chance to fight for those three ponts,” Jambga said “It’s just a matter of figuring which group of our guys is the best fit for each opponent. We’ve got of talent and we work hard for each other. With those two things and the coaches’ direction, we should be able to get back on track.”
John Pascarella’s Menace (1-1-1) regroups this week, taking a break from PDL play when the team hosts Minneapolis City SC on Saturday.
- There was no overlap in the Menace’s starting lineups from yesterday and today.
- Menace will have shots for redemption against Saint Louis FC U23 at Valley Stadium on July 1 and July 14.
- All seven of the Menace’s road matches come in the span of less than a month; the team’s last five league matches are at home.
- Starting June 7 at home against its “Arch” rival, Saint Louis FC (2-0-1) plays three of its next four matches against the St. Louis Lions, who play in Missouri.
- SLFC U23 made its PDL debut a year ago, finishing 3-8-3 in the Mid-South Division.
MAN of the MATCH: Devyn Jambga, for his second goal of the PDL season. Jambga was playing today’s match just up the road from his college – Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. The Zimbabwean striker is back after being a midfield mainstay for the Menace in 2016, when he scored two goals and collected a team-high five assists.
Jambga was playing in front of friends and family this weekend, including brother Hadyn and sister Bailey, who flew in from Paraguay just in time for today’s match.
UP NEXT: The Menace hosts Minneapolis City SC this Saturday 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 Saint Louis FC U23
Date: Sunday, May 28, 2017
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: SLSG Collinsville (grass field) in Collinsville, Ill.
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m.
Weather: 60s, overcast and windy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 1 1
SLFCU23 1 0 1
MENACE – Devyn Jambga (Luca Puster) 74:00
SLFCU23 – Sam Gainford 27:00
Misconduct Summary: SLFCU23 Cautions: Elliot Goodwin 61:00; Brian Groark 90:00+; MENACE Cautions: Joe Kay 44:00; Isaiah Madrid 67:00; Devyn Jambga 90:00+
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.