This was the second of David Zalzman's three goals in the Menace's exhibition win. Photo credit: Joe Sprunger
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, June 3, 2017 – “Hey, you need to bring that back to Memphis,” Menace goalkeeper Jake Leeker joked with hat-trick hero David Zalzman after tonight’s 3-0 win over Minneapolis City SC.
Zalzman’s goals – all unassisted – arrived in the 21st, 51st and 61st minutes of the exhibition match at Valley Stadium. Leeker, his college teammate, came up clutch with a couple heroic saves late in the second half, preserving the clean sheet.
“I was just focused on the shutout,” Leeker said. “Every time the ball didn’t go in the net, I just thought, ‘I survived another day.’”
A breakaway from midfield opened tonight’s scoring, as Zalzman zipped around the last line of defense and chipped onrushing ‘keeper James Neher. The second goal came on a left-footed blast through traffic.
Zalzman capped his performance by smoothly converted a penalty kick, after James Wypych drew a foul.
“I don’t score a lot at Memphis, so tonight was a great opportunity for me. Hopefully, I can do more of the same at college,” Zalzman said. “You never expect to get a hat trick, but all the credit goes to my teammates for setting me up.”
Tonight’s scoring output matches the goal total for the Menace’s first three Premier Development League matches. It’s also an improvement from the last time Des Moines faced a team from Minneapolis City’s league – a 3-1 home loss to defending National Premier Soccer League champion AFC Cleveland last month in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
- 19 players saw action for the Menace tonight.
- Austin Kroll was Des Moines’ goalkeeper in the first half; Leeker subbed in at halftime.
- Heading into a Canadian road trip, the Menace is 1-1-1 in the PDL.
- Minneapolis City (1-2-1 NPSL) dives back into league play in a Wednesday road match against the La Crosse Aris.
MAN of the MATCH: David Zalzman, for his three-goal performance. Zalzman – a native of Maracay, Venezuela – is a junior-to-be at Memphis.
UP NEXT: The Menace heads to Canada for four PDL matches in six days – June 9-10 in Thunder Bay and June 13-14 in Winnipeg. Des Moines’ next home action comes on June 17, when the Menace hosts the Thunder Bay Chill. FC Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic will make an anticipated appearance at the match.
Match: Minneapolis City SC at Des Moines Menace
Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Venue: Valley Stadium (artificial turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Weather: 80s, sunny, pretty much the perfect way to kick off summer
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 1 2 3
MPLS 0 0 0
MENACE – David Zalzman 21:00; Zalzman 51:00; Zalzman PK 61:00
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.