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KC roadtrip next for Menace WPSL

Kat Lewis (left) and goalkeeper Haley Morris (right) helped the Menace to this season-opening 2-2 tie against the KC Courage on June 4; the teams rematch on June 17. Photo credit: Joe Sprunger


WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Thursday, June 15, 2017 – A familiar foe and a brand-new one await the Des Moines Menace women this weekend.

The Menace (1-1-0) begins its Women’s Premier Soccer League road schedule this weekend against the Kansas City Courage and the GSI Pride.

Saturday’s matchup with the Courage comes 13 days after the teams battled to a 2-2 draw in Grimes. Kansas City (0-1-2) looks for its first win against the Menace, which is 4-0-3 all-time against the Courage.

Sunday marks the first meeting between the Menace and the Pride – an expansion team trying to build upon an impressive WPSL debut. The Pride (based in Kansas) defeated the Courage, 6-1, in a border battle played on the Courage’s home turf in Missouri.

It will be a busy WPSL weekend in Kansas City. The Chicago Red Stars Reserves will also be in town, playing a schedule opposite the Menace’s.

Des Moines rolls into a stretch of three road matches in five days. Next Wednesday, Justin Vorster’s team heads to Minnesota to face the TwinStars in a rematch of a 3-1 Menace win last Sunday in Indianola.


Des Moines Menace at Kansas City Courage
Date and time: Saturday, June 17 at 4 p.m. CDT
Venue: Rockhurst University (artificial turf) in Kansas City, Mo.
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Des Moines Menace at GSI Pride
Date and time: Sunday, June 18 at 1 p.m. CDT
Venue: St. Thomas Aquinas High School (artificial turf) in Overland Park, Kan.
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season



  • 1-0-1 in its fifth WPSL season (sixth season overall)
  • Coming off a 3-1 home win against the Minnesota TwinStars last Sunday.
  • Finished last season 6-1-1, second of five teams in the WPSL Heartland Region.
  • Led by third-year head coach Justin Vorster, who is assisted by Alex Fonseca, Ross Alexander and Hugo Macedo.
  • This year’s goal scorers: Elise White (Reid), Ann Marie Jaworski, Whitney Sharpe and Rebecca Rodgers (two).



  • 0-1-2 in its fourth WPSL season.
  • Coming off a 6-1 home loss to GSI Pride last Sunday.
  • Finished last season 3-4-1 and third in the WPSL Heartland Region.
  • Head coach Wendy Louque is assisted by Nathan Hunt.
  • Plays at home against the Chicago Red Stars Reserves on Sunday.



  • First-year expansion team that defeated Courage 6-1, in the Prides’ inaugural WPSL action, last Sunday.
  • Head coach Huw Williams is assisted by Derek Shoare.
  • Plays at home on Saturday against the Chicago Red Stars Reserves.
  • Roster includes at least five players with experience on the United States’ U20 or U23 national teams.
  • GSI stands for Global Sports International.



  • The Menace is 4-0-3 against the Courage since the series began in 2014, with Des Moines outscoring Kansas City 15-8.
  • In its WPSL opener on June 4, the Menace tied the Courage 2-2 after a late goal from Ann Marie Jaworski.
  • In 2016, the Menace won 4-0 on June 4 at home and won 2-1 in Kansas City on July 10.



  • This is the teams’ first meeting.



  • The Menace fended off the Minnesota TwinStars, 3-1, at Indianola Stadium.
  • Whitney Sharpe put the Menace on the board in the 20th minute, and newcomer Rebecca Rodgers scored two goals – in the 31st and 76th minutes, both assisted by Ann Marie Jaworski.



  • Formed in 1998, the WPSL has over 100 teams across the United States.
  • Its main focus is on the development of highly competitive premier women’s soccer teams.
  • Des Moines plays in the Heartland Region along with the GSI Pride (Kansas City), Chicago Red Stars Reserves, Kansas City Courage and Minnesota TwinStars.



  • The Menace visits the Minnesota TwinStars next Wednesday.
  • Fans can catch the WPSL team at home for its season-ending doubleheader, July 15-16.


ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In their sixth season, the Menace women are part of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). The Menace men’s team, in its 24th season, 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 grows soccer by providing youth programs including Junior Menace (ages 3-9), Menace Youth Academy (ages 8-19) and youth tournaments, camps and clinics.

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