For the second night in a row, WSA Winnipeg hosted the Menace inside Winnipeg Soccer Federation North. Photo credit: Joe Sprunger
WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Wednesday, June 14, 2017 – Halfway through their Premier Development League schedule, John Pascarella and the Des Moines Menace are right where they want to be.
They’re in first place in the Heartland Division.
Tonight’s 3-0 triumph over WSA Winnipeg – Des Moines’ third win in a weeklong, four-game, Canadian jaunt – means the homeward-bound Menace is 4-2-1 heading into a pivotal Saturday showdown with its arch-rival.
Just a week after splitting in Thunder Bay, the Menace and the Chill collide for the 60th time in the league’s longest-standing series. Also coming to Valley Stadium this Saturday are an international soccer star – FC Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitić – and the Iowa high school boys all-stars.
“I just like the way we’re coming together,” said Pascarella, the Menace’s first-year head coach. “We have six of our last seven at home. This sets us up nicely, but it doesn’t mean anything for guaranteeing wins; We’ve still got to perform.
“It’s one step at a time, and if we get ahead of ourselves, then we’ve got problems.”
One night after a 3-1 win inside Winnipeg Soccer Federation North, the road-weary Menace got the result it needed to rise above the St. Louis Lions (4-2-0) in the division standings.
Johan De Picker (43rd minute) and Greg Boehme (58th) collected their first Menace goals, and Devyn Jambga (82nd) added to his team-leading total.
Jambga has collected five goals in six PDL appearances this season. This includes a brace last night and a late goal that sealed a season-opening, 2-0 home win over Winnipeg on May 20.
- Menace’s depth was on display during this trip, with all 24 travelling players making meaningful contributions.
- Thunderstorms moved these matches indoors from the Ralph Cantafio Soccerplex.
- Before last night, the Menace had shut out WSA Winnipeg in 10 straight meetings.
- Des Moines is 19-0-1 all-time against WSA Winnipeg, with a 71-9 scoring advantage (37-8 in Winnipeg).
- The Menace swept its three 2017 matches with Winnipeg by an 8-1 margin; A year ago, the Menace swept the team’s three-match series by a 22-0 margin.
- WSA Winnipeg (0-8-1) has scored two goals in nine matches.
- Menace goalkeeper Austin Kroll earned the save tonight.
- The Menace is the Heartland Division’s three-time defending champ.
MAN of the MATCH: Greg Boehme, for the second time in three outings. The Virginia native netted his first goal of the season.
UP NEXT: Des Moines is home Saturday, hosting arch-rival Thunder Bay at 7:30 p.m. FC Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitić makes an appearance at Valley Stadium.
The Menace wraps up its road schedule on Tuesday, facing PDL newcomer Chicago FC United in Evanston, Ill.
Match: Des Moines Menace at WSA Winnipeg
Date: Wednesday, June 14, 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 1 2 3
WIN 0 0 0
MENACE – Johan De Picker 43:00; Greg Boehme (Elvir Ibisevic) 58:00; Devyn Jambga (Joey Piatczyc) 82:00
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.