Devyn Jambga (left) scored two more goals against WSA Winnipeg, with the first one assisted by Hayden Partain (right). The Jambga-Partain duo scored in this 2-0 win over Winnipeg on May 20. Photo credit: Joe Sprunger
WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Tuesday, June 13, 2017 – A 3-1 win tonight brings the Des Moines Menace’s record to 3-2-1 in the Premier Development League. And a win tomorrow night would pull the Menace into first place in the Heartland Division.
Devyn Jambga struck twice, Heath Honold scored his first Menace goal, and their side outlasted WSA Winnipeg in a match moved indoors due to thunderstorms. The teams rematch tomorrow inside Winnipeg Soccer Federation North.
This result – paired with a 1-1 tie tonight between host Chicago FC United and Saint Louis FC U23 – moves the Menace up a couple pegs on the standings board. The St. Louis Lions (4-2-0, 12 points) are in first place; the third-place Thunder Bay Chill is 3-1-0 (9 points), coming off a Friday-Saturday split with the Menace.
The Menace’s Canadian trip opened with a 1-0 win at arch-rival Thunder Bay on Friday, followed by a 2-0 loss the next night. Des Moines and Thunder Bay clash again this Saturday at Valley Stadium, when the Menace also hosts FC Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitić, and the boys’ edition of the 2017 Iowa High School All-Star Game.
Jambga opened and closed tonight’s scoring. Hayden Partain (17th minute) and Ian McGrath (77th) assisted Jambga’s team-leading third and fourth goals of the PDL season. Honold’s goal, rebounding Jambga’s attempted header goal in the 45th minute, gave the Menace a two-goal cushion going into halftime.
When Winnipeg pulled one back in the 71st minute, the goal from former pro Moses Danto snapped a streak of more than 1,000 scoreless minutes against the Menace – stretched over 12 matches and more than four years.
- Entering tonight, the Menace had shut out WSA Winnipeg in 10 straight meetings.
- WSA Winnipeg’s previous goal against the Menace came from Ali Musse in the 65th minute of a 4-1 Menace road win on May 30, 2013.
- Des Moines is 18-0-1 all-time against WSA Winnipeg, with a 68-9 scoring advantage (34-8 in Winnipeg).
- WSA Winnipeg (0-7-1) has scored two goals in eight matches: Daniel Sagno struck early in a 1-1 tie at Chicago on May 26.
- This was the Menace’s first 2017 PDL match with more than two goals.
MAN of the MATCH: Devyn Jambga for his first multi-goal performance with the Menace.
UP NEXT: The Menace wraps up its Canadian tour tomorrow night – same time (7 p.m.), same place and same opponent.
Des Moines is back home Saturday, hosting arch-rival Thunder Bay at 7:30 p.m. FC Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitić makes an appearance at Valley Stadium.
Match: Des Moines Menace at WSA Winnipeg
Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Winnipeg Soccer Federation North (indoors, artificial turf) in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CDT
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 2 1 3
WIN 0 1 1
MENACE – Devyn Jambga (Hayden Partain) 17:00; Heath Honold 45:00; Jambga (Ian McGrath) 77:00
WIN – Moses Danto 71:00
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.