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Menace women welcome TwinStars

Elise White (Reid) scored the first goal of the Menace's 2017 season. Photo credit: Joe Sprunger


WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, June 9, 2017 – A week after opening the season with a 2-2 draw against the Kansas City Courage in Grimes, the Des Moines Menace women will host the Minnesota TwinStars this Sunday in Indianola.

This will be fans’ last opportunity catch Women’s Premier Soccer League home action until the final weekend of the regular season. The Menace hosts the Chicago Red Stars Reserves on July 15 at Valley Stadium and the GSI Pride on July 16 at the Johnston Soccer Complex.

Last Sunday, a second-half goal from Elise White (Reid) put the Menace up 1-0, but back-to-back goals from the Courage seemed to finalize the score. It wasn’t until stoppage time that newcomer Ann Marie Jaworski scored the game-tying goal to save the day.

The Menace looks to keep its perfect record in the all-time series with the TwinStars. Des Moines has outscored Minnesota 17-3 in the teams’ six matchups.


Minnesota TwinStars at Des Moines Menace
Date and time: Sunday, June 11 at 4:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Indianola Stadium (artificial turf) at Indianola Middle School – Map here
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Details: Admission is free.




  • Finished last season 6-1-1, second of five teams in the WPSL Heartland Region.
  • 0-0-1 after a 2-2 draw last weekend against the Kansas City Courage at home.
  • 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.
  • Entered the season with an all-time record of 29-14-3.



  • 0-1-1 in the WPSL and third in the WPSL Heartland Region behind the Kansas City Courage and Des Moines Menace.
  • Tied the Courage 4-4 on Saturday and lost 4-1 to the Chicago Red Stars Reserves on Sunday in Minnesota.
  • Finished last season 2-5-1 and fourth in the Heartland Region.
  • Coached by Bulut ‘Turk’ Ozturk.



  • The Menace has won all six matches against the TwinStars in a series that began in 2014.
  • Des Moines has outscored Minnesota 17-3 overall.
  • In 2016, Des Moines swept Minnesota 4-0 (June 11 in Minnesota) and 4-2 (July 17 at home).
  • The TwinStars will host the Menace on June 21 at Minnetonka High School Stadium.



  • 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.



  • Ann Marie Jaworski scored in stoppage time to gift the Menace a 2-2 tie against the Kansas City Courage at Grimes Sports Complex.
  • Former Iowa State teammates partnered for the first goal of the Menace’s season – Jordan McMahon (Bishop) assisted Elise White (Reid) in the 58th minute.
  • The Courage’s Anna Romano (60th minute) and Emma Chatterton (67th) put their team up 2-1.
  • This was the teams’ third tie in their last five matchups. Des Moines is 4-0-3 all-time against the Courage.



  • Des Moines travels to Kansas City next weekend for a Saturday-Sunday doubleheader – June 17 against the Courage and June 18 against the GSI Pride.


ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In its 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.

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