The Menace heads down the home stretch. Picture left to right: Elise White, Katie Hurd, Ann Marie Jaworski and Jermaine Seoposenwe. Photo credit: Joe Sprunger
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Thursday, July 6, 2017 – Less than a year ago, the Des Moines Menace notched its first point against the Chicago Red Stars Reserves.
A 1-1 home draw gave the Menace its first taste of success in six matches stretched over three seasons. Although Chicago clinched the Heartland Region’s 2016 playoff spot in the Women’s Premier Soccer League playoffs, the Menace put a dent in what looked like an unstoppable team.
On Saturday, Des Moines hopes to leave Chicago with more than one point in the standings.
“Last year was a fun and competitive game,” Menace head coach Justin Vorster said. “It was a cohesive performance by our players that I think we can extend on this year. The league is wide open at this point, so we’ve got to take these last couple of weekends and do our best on the field.”
Des Moines (3-1-1) sits in second place in the Heartland Region standings with 10 points, two points behind first-place GSI Pride. Chicago (3-2-0) is in third with six points.
The Menace’s clash in Chicago wraps up its four-game stretch of road action this year. The team will end its regular-season schedule next weekend when they welcome Chicago to Valley Stadium on July 15 and the GSI Pride (Kansas City) a day later at the Urbandale Soccer Complex.
Des Moines Menace at Chicago Red Stars Reserves
Date and time: Saturday, July 8 at 4 p.m. CDT
Venue: Oak Brook Polo Fields (grass) in Oak Brook, Ill.
Competition: Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season
ABOUT THE MENACE
- 3-1-1 in its fifth WPSL season (sixth season overall).
- Has not played since June 21, a 2-0 win at Minnesota.
- Finished last season 6-1-1, second of five teams in the WPSL Heartland Region.
- Rebecca Rodgers leads the team with four goals; Elise White (Reid), Ann Marie Jaworski, Whitney Sharpe and Jermaine Seoposenwe have also scored for the Menace.
- Led by third-year head coach Justin Vorster, who is assisted by Alex Fonseca, Ross Alexander and Hugo Macedo.
ABOUT THE RED STARS RESERVES
- 3-2-0 and third in the Heartland Region.
- In its fifth WPSL season (2011, 2014-2017).
- Won the WPSL Championship in 2015.
- Affiliated with the Chicago Red Stars, a National Women’s Soccer League professional team.
- Coached by David Lovercheck.
- The Menace is 0-5-1 against the Red Star Reserves in a series that began in 2014.
- The lone draw came in 2016 in a near-upset when the Menace tied the defending WPSL champions Reserves 1-1 on July 16 at Valley Stadium.
- In 2016, Des Moines finished right behind Chicago in the Heartland Region standings.
ABOUT THE WOMEN’S PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE
- 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 closes the season at home: July 15 against Chicago at Valley Stadium and July 16 against the GSI Pride at Urbandale Soccer Complex (Note the change from Johnston Soccer Complex).
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.