THUNDER BAY, Ontario – Saturday, June 10, 2017 – In the blink of an eye, Adam Abdellaoui turned a scoreless match into a 2-0 win for the Thunder Bay Chill tonight at Fort William Stadium.
Abdellaoui’s goals in the 31st and 32nd minutes helped the Chill turn the tables on the Des Moines Menace, one night after the visitors claimed a 1-0 victory to spoil Thunder Bay’s home opener.
“Our slow start hurt us in this game. I think we came out a little flat and we were much better in the second half,” Menace head coach John Pascarella said. “We lacked a little passion early on, but we played well after halftime, and the lesson to take is we have to bring it every single night – no emotional letups.”
These teams won’t have to wait long for the opportunity to settle the season series. In their only remaining 2017 matchup, the Heartland Division arch-rivals clash next Saturday at Valley Stadium. A Menace win would give the division’s three-time defending champs their fourth straight series win against the Chill.
“Splitting the points isn’t exactly what we wanted, so it will be nice to be back in front of our home fans,” Pascarella said. “Just glad that we get a third game against the Chill, and it will be great to have the vast majority of our games back in Des Moines.”
Before coming home from Canada, the Menace (2-2-1) has another doubleheader – Tuesday and Wednesday against WSA Winnipeg.
The Menace will be at home the next five weekends to wrap up the season, and its final road action comes June 20 at Chicago.
- Entering tonight, the Menace was unbeaten (7-1-1) in its last nine matchups with the Chill, whose previous win in the series was here on June 19, 2015 (also 2-0).
- In the PDL’s longest-standing rivalry, Des Moines leads Thunder Bay, 29-25-5; the series has run continuously since 2000.
- The Chill (3-1-0) hits the road for back-to-back matches next Friday (at Chicago FC United) and Saturday (at Des Moines).
- Each of the last 10 seasons has ended with the Menace or the Chill as Heartland Division champion.
- Five matches into the PDL season, Des Moines has yet to play in a match with more than two goals.
- Austin Kroll was the Menace’s starting goalie tonight; Kyle Ihn (who got the shutout last night) subbed for him at halftime, and he didn’t face any shots in the second half.
MAN of the MATCH: Greg Boehme, for 90 minutes of great midfield play. Boehme attends Virginia Commonwealth in his home state.
UP NEXT: The Menace rolls 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: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Fort William Stadium (artificial turf) in Thunder Bay, Ontario
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. EDT
Weather: 80s, sunny after pregame rain
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 0 0
TB 2 0 2
TB – Adam Abdelloui (Eddie Sanchez) 31:00; Abdellaoui 32:00
Misconduct Summary: MENACE caution – Elvir Ibisevic 6:00; TB cautions – Chris Makengo 56:00; Eddie Sanchez 57:00
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.