Pouncing on a loose ball, Ann Marie Jaworski powered this game-tying shot in her first appearance with the Menace. Photo credit: Joe Sprunger
GRIMES, Iowa – Sunday, June 4, 2017 – The right place at the right time.
This was Ann Marie Jaworski’s opportunistic location in the waning moments of her Des Moines Menace debut. Following a scramble in the box, her stoppage-time goal gifted the Menace a 2-2 tie with the Kansas City Courage on this steamy afternoon at Grimes Sports Complex.
Jaworski blasted a close-range shot that popped off the gloves of goalkeeper McCall Gardner and into the back of the net.
“It was a team effort,” Jaworski said. “The ball was bouncing, and I was able to get my foot on it. Even if the ball hadn’t gone in, my team was there to put in the rebound.”
The last-gasp goal brought relief for the Menace, which struck first in its Women’s Premier Soccer League opener. In the 58th minute, Elise White (Reid) lofted a left-footed finish, assisted by her former Iowa State teammate Jordan McMahon (Bishop).
The Courage needed less than 10 minutes to turn the deficit into the lead. Anna Romano (60th minute) and Emma Chatterton (67th) pulled their team ahead, and the Menace fought hard to regain its rhythm.
Justin Vorster’s forces went on the attack in the closing minutes, with the most exciting chance coming in the final seconds of regulation. From the right flank, White set up Jermaine Seosoposenwe, and the member of the South African national team skillfully spun to send a no-look heel shot that rolled just left of the goal.
“We stuck with it. You just have to keep going, and we were creating tons of opportunities,” said White. “Just really good team work. It already feels like a sense of family. This year, it seems like a selfless group. We want to succeed together.”
“I’m excited to see how this team progresses,” Jaworski said. “It’s a great group. We have a lot of chemistry already, and we’re just getting started.”
- The Menace is coming off a 6-1-1 season; Kansas City was 3-4-1 a year ago.
- The Courage opened yesterday with a 4-4 draw at Minnesota.
- Des Moines is 29-14-4 all-time, with three of its four ties coming against Kansas City (the other two were in 2015).
- Kansas City came close to its first win against Des Moines; the Menace leads the all-time series 4-0-3.
- It was a memorable day for the Jaworski family. This morning in Muscatine, the Menace Academy 13U boys – including Ann Marie’s brother Calvin – won their Iowa State Cup final, 3-1 over BSA White (Bettendorf).
- In four previous home matches played on grass fields, the Menace was 4-0-0 with a 22-4 scoring advantage.
- The Menace thanks Dallas Center-Grimes Soccer Club and the City of Grimes for hosting today’s match.
WOMAN of the MATCH: Ann Marie Jaworski, for her point-grabbing goal. Jaworski is a Grinnell native coming off her freshman season at Boston University. Last year, she was part of the United States’ U19 national team.
UP NEXT: The Menace will be back in action next Sunday (June 11) in Indianola, hosting the Minnesota TwinStars.
Match: Kansas City Courage at Des Moines Menace
Date: Sunday, June 4, 2017
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Venue: Grimes Sports Complex (grass) in Grimes, Iowa
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 90s – sunny – so hot that the teams and referees took water breaks
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 2 2
KC 0 2 2
MENACE: Elise White (Jordan Bishop) 58:00; Ann Marie Jaworski 90:00+
KC: Anna Romano 60:00; Emma Chatterton 67:00
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.