Ann Marie Jaworski (11) assisted Elise White (second from left) in the Menace's road win. Also pictured are Jermaine Seoposenwe (25) and Nicole Hatcher (10). Photo credit: Joe Sprunger
MINNETONKA, Minn. – Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – Rebecca Rodgers has scored a team-leading four goals this season.
Three have come against the Minnesota TwinStars.
The Drake midfielder netted a goal in the 73rd minute after Elise White opened the scoring in the 52nd in the Des Moines Menace’s 2-0 win over the TwinStars this afternoon at Minnetonka High School Stadium.
Rodgers’ other two goals against Minnesota came in Des Moines’ 3-1 home win on July 11. Her most recent goal was in Saturday’s 2-0 road win over the Kansas City Courage.
“I knew how to get around Minnesota’s defenders because of the last time we played them,” Rodgers said. “My team made it easy for me, though, with getting me the ball in scoring position.”
In the first half of the midweek matchup, the Menace (3-1-1 Women’s Premier Soccer League) struggled to adapt to a narrow field and an overloaded TwinStars (0-3-1) defense.
Head coach Justin Vorster’s halftime talk consisted of modifications that allowed the Menace to dominate the midfield and match Minnesota’s defense, which in turn, created scoring chances.
“The team adapted well to the changes at halftime,” Vorster said. “It’s all about creating a culture of trust on this team, and we were able to talk openly about what to do in the second half with each other. Then, they did it.”
White’s goal came off of a corner kick from Ann Marie Jaworski that connected with White’s right foot in the center of the field. About 20 minutes later, Kasey Hurt made a left-sided break from midfield and passed it up the center to Rebecca Corbett. Corbett made one touch and passed to Rodgers, who slid the ball into the right side of the net.
“After our half-time talk, we were definitely more on the same page in the second half, and those goals showed it,” Rodgers said. “If we adapt to the game and listen to each other, we get the job done.”
- The Menace is 8-0-0 all-time against Minnesota.
- Haley Morris was in goal in the first half on Wednesday, and Maggie Smithers finished the shutout in the second half.
- Des Moines had only three players on the bench in thid 90-degree game.
- Rodgers leads the team with four goals, and Elise White (Reid) is second with two goals.
- This was the Menace’s third road match in five days.
WOMAN of the MATCH: Amber Matthews, for her solid 90-plus minutes of solid defense.
UP NEXT: The Menace has a two-week break before heading to the Chicago Red Stars Reserves on July 8 for Des Moines’ last road action of the regular season.
Match: Des Moines Menace at Minnesota TwinStars
Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
Venue: Minnetonka High School Stadium (artificial turf) in Minnetonka, Minn.
Kickoff: 3:15 p.m. CDT
Weather: 90 degrees and sunny, with a slight breeze that didn’t make much of a difference in the hot sun.
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MENACE 0 2 2
MIN 0 0 0
MENACE: Elise White (Ann Marie Jaworski) 52:00; Rebecca Rodgers (Rebecca Corbett) 73:00
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.