Newcomers Ann Marie Jaworski (11) and Amber Mathews (5) faced off in this May 20 intrasquad exhibition at Valley Stadium. Photo credit: Joe Sprunger
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Thursday, June 1, 2017 – Preparation, preparation and more preparation.
With three weeks of training under their belt, the Menace women are eager to finally kick off their season on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Des Moines hosts the Kansas City Courage in its Women’s Premier Soccer League season opener at Grimes Sports Complex.
“The tone is very positive heading into Sunday’s game,” head coach Justin Vorster said. “They just want to play. They’ve prepared for enough time, and they’re ready to finally step onto the field.”
Looking to build upon a 6-1-1 season in which the Menace finished second in the Heartland Region, Vorster said team chemistry is much improved, both on and off the field.
“The players get it,” Vorster said. “They have the desire to want more and are challenging themselves to do more.”
With returners like Whitney Sharpe, Jordan McMahon (Bishop) and Nicole Pearson giving steady leadership in addition to their soccer skills, newcomers Ann Marie Jaworski, Nicole Hatcher and Jermaine Seoposenwe add what Vorster calls “substantial quality” to the field.
Jaworski, from Grinnell, played on the United States U19 team in 2016 before her freshman year at Boston University. Hatcher finished her junior season at South Dakota State with 10 assists, ranking 19th among NCAA Division-I players. Seoposenwe balanced her college career at Samford University and the South Africa national team, including starting in all three games at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“We’re very excited to bring Menace fans to our games this year with our own unique brand of football,” Vorster said.
Kansas City Courage at Des Moines Menace
Date and time: Sunday, June 4 at 4:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Grimes Soccer Complex (grass field) in Grimes, Iowa – Map here
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Details: Admission is free. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. The game will be played on the western field (behind the concession stand); berm seating is available.
ABOUT THE MENACE
- Finished last season 6-1-1, second of five teams in the WPSL Heartland Region.
- Enters its sixth season with an all-time record of 29-14-3.
- Led by third-year head coach Justin Vorster, who is assisted by Alex Fonseca, Ross Alexander and Hugo Macedo.
- Sixth-year veteran Jordan McMahon (Bishop), and fourth-year vets Nicole Pearson and Whitney Sharpe are back in Menace red and black.
ABOUT THE COURAGE
- Finished last season 3-4-1 and third in the WPSL Heartland Region.
- Enters its fourth season with an all-time record of 6-17-5.
- Head coach Wendy Louque is assisted by Nathan Hunt.
- Plays in Minnetonka against the Minnesota TwinStars on Saturday.
- The Menace is 4-0-2 against the Courage since the series began in 2014, with Des Moines outscoring Kansas City 13-6.
- Two draws (both 1-1) came in the 2015 season, one at home on May 30 and one away on June 14.
- In 2016, the Menace won 4-0 on June 4 at home and won 2-1 in Kansas City on July 10.
- Kansas City will host Des Moines at 4 p.m. on June 17 at Rockhurst University.
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 GSI Pride (Kansas City), Chicago Red Stars Reserves, Kansas City Courage and Minnesota TwinStars.
- The Menace hosts the Minnesota TwinStars on June 11 at Indianola Middle School at 4:30 p.m.
- This will be fans’ last chance to catch the Menace at home until a season-closing doubleheader on July 15-16.
Des Moines Menace 2017 WPSL Schedule
Sunday, June 4 Kansas City Courage 4:30 p.m. at Grimes Sports Complex
Sunday, June 11 Minnesota TwinStars 4:30 p.m. at Indianola Middle School
Saturday, June 17 at Kansas City Courage 4 p.m. at Rockhurst University
Sunday, June 18 GSI Pride (Kansas City) 1 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas High School
Wednesday, June 21 at Minnesota TwinStars 3:30 p.m. at Minnetonka (Minn.) High School
Saturday, July 8 at Chicago Red Stars Reserves 4 p.m. at Oak Brook Polo Fields
Saturday, July 15 Chicago Red Stars Reserves 4:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium
Sunday, July 16 GSI Pride (Kansas City) 4:30 p.m. at Johnston Soccer Complex
All game times are central
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In their sixth season, the Menace women’s team is part of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). The Menace men’s team, in its 24th season, 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 grows soccer by providing youth programs including Junior Menace (ages 3-9), Menace Youth Academy (ages 8-19) and youth tournaments, camps and clinics.