Rebecca Rodgers scored twice in her first action with the Menace.
INDIANOLA, Iowa – Sunday, June 11, 2017 – A couple goals from Rebecca Rodgers – both assisted by Ann Marie Jaworski – gave the Des Moines Menace its first win of the Women’s Premier Soccer League season.
In her Menace debut, Rodgers scored in the 31st and 76th minutes of a 3-1 victory over the Minnesota TwinStars this afternoon at Indianola Stadium. Whitney Sharpe put the home side on the board in the 20th minute, and goalkeeper Maggie Smither and the defense came up big when called upon.
“It feels pretty great. Hopefully we just keep it going,” Rodgers said. “Ann Marie gave me good passes, and I was just doing my job. Everybody did their jobs today.”
A week after Jaworski’s stoppage-time goal sealed a season-opening, 2-2 draw with Kansas City, the Menace once again battled a Heartland Region foe on a 90-degree afternoon. A stiff wind – it was at the Menace’s backs in the first half – also played a key role in this one.
The TwinStars pulled within a goal in the 60th minute, when Kaelyn Korte’s 35-yard bomb froze everyone; it came with such force that it literally stuck between the net and the goal support.
Just three minutes later, Korte had the chance to even the score when she stepped up for a penalty. Lunging to her left, Smither smothered the PK, as well as the TwinStars’ momentum.
The TwinStars threatened again in the 78th minute, soon after Rodgers finessed a side-volley that gave the Menace some breathing room.
In rapid succession, Minnesota blasted a pair of close-range shots. Smither deflected the first one, and Amber Matthews hustled back to sweep the rebound attempt off the line.
“As a team we did a great job in the big moments, coming together,” Smither said. “Amber made that huge save, and that gave us the confidence boost that we could pull this one out. It’s a relief – all ‘dubs’ from here.”
- The Menace is 7-0-0 all-time against Minnesota.
- This is the Menace’s last home action until a July 15-16 doubleheader to close the season.
- The TwinStars are 0-2-1, after opening at home last weekend with a 4-4 draw with Kansas City and a 4-1 loss to Chicago.
- In the team’s six seasons, this was the Menace’s first home action on artificial turf away from Valley Stadium.
- Like last Sunday, Haley Morris started in goal for the Menace, and Maggie Smither subbed for Morris at the half.
- This was the 10th WPSL win for third-year Menace head coach Justin Vorster.
- The Menace thanks Indianola Soccer Tribe for hosting today’s WPSL action.
WOMAN of the MATCH: Rebecca Rodgers, for the brace in her first appearance with the Menace. Rodgers, a native of Peotone, Ill., is heading into her final season at Drake.
UP NEXT: The Menace hits the road next weekend for a Saturday-Sunday doubleheader – first against the Kansas City Courage and then against the GSI Pride.
Match: Minnesota TwinStars at Des Moines Menace
Date: Sunday, June 11, 2017
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Venue: Indianola Stadium (artificial turf) in Indianola, Iowa
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. CDT
Weather: 90s, sunny, and so windy that we managed to break two pop-up tents before the game
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 2 1 3
MIN 0 1 1
MENACE: Whitney Sharpe 20:00; Rebecca Rodgers (Ann Marie Jaworski) 31:00; Rodgers (Jaworski) 76:00
MIN: Kaelyn Korte 60:00
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.