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Make that 3 straight wins in Thunder Bay

Joe Kay (with ball) assisted Hayden Partain (in the background) for the Menace's first road win. Photo credit: Joe Sprunger


THUNDER BAY, Ontario – Friday, June 9, 2017 – Not that long ago, the Des Moines Menace was winless in eight straight matches on the Thunder Bay Chill’s home turf.

The tide has turned, and the Menace’s successful stretch against its northern nemesis continued tonight with a 1-0 Premier Development League victory at Fort William Stadium.

Joe Kay’s left-footed corner kick in the 26th minute set up a volley goal by Hayden Partain, who was unmarked at the top of the box.

“They left me wide open,” Partain said. “I aimed forward and called for it. Joe pinged it right to me, and I hit it right out of the air and it landed in the lower-left corner.”

The Chill’s top scorer, Abraham Villon, was sent off in the 75th minute, and the Menace held on for three standings points.

With the chance to build on this streak tomorrow night, Des Moines has won three straight matches in Thunder Bay. The Heartland Division’s three-time defending champs have won four of their last five here, and the Menace is unbeaten in eight of the arch-rivals’ last nine encounters.

 “We dug it out. Everyone did their job,” said Partain. “It was a very physical game. We gave it a complete 90 minutes, and our ‘keeper (Kyle Ihn) came up big with six saves, coming off the line.”

This is the first road win in three tries for the Menace (2-1-1), which has yet to play in a PDL match featuring more than two goals.

John Pascarella’s Menace is on a weeklong, four-match swing through Canada. The trip concludes with a Tuesday-Wednesday double-dip in Winnipeg.



  • This is the 18th consecutive season for the longest-standing rivalry in the PDL; Des Moines leads Thunder Bay, 29-24-5.
  • Starting with a 3-2 win here on June 14, 2014, the Menace is 7-1-1 against the Chill.
  • Des Moines looks for its second straight sweep at Fort William Stadium. Last year, the Menace downed the host Chill, 2-0 and 2-1.
  • From June 18, 2010 to June 13, 2014, the Chill dominated the Menace in eight straight matches on Canadian soil, going 7-0-1 while outscoring Des Moines 24-5.
  • With two goals apiece, Hayden Partain and Devyn Jambga have handled all of the Menace’s scoring in league play.
  • The Chill is 2-1-0 after dropping its home opener.


MAN of the MATCH: Goalkeeper Kyle Ihn, for his first shutout with the Menace. Ihn recently graduated from Wisconsin-Green Bay in his home state.

UP NEXT: The Menace gets another shot at the Chill, tomorrow night at 7:30 EDT. Then it’s on to Manitoba, for Tuesday and Wednesday matchups with WSA Winnipeg.

Des Moines’ next home action is against the Chill on Saturday, June 17, when FC Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitić makes an appearance at Valley Stadium.


Match: Des Moines Menace at Thunder Bay Chill

Date: Friday, June 9, 2017
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Fort William Stadium (artificial turf) in Thunder Bay, Ontario
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. EDT
Weather: 60s, sunny

Scoring Summary:     1    2     F
MENACE                      1    0   1
TB                             0     0    0

MENACE – Hayden Partain (Joe Kay) 26:00



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). In 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.

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