Kino Ryosuke has scored a pair of goals in each of the Menace's first three matches. Photo credit: Jayde Vogeler
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Friday, June 1, 2018 – Another brace for Kino Ryosuke, another win for his team.
The Des Moines Menace defeated Premier Development League newcomer Kaw Valley FC, 2-1, tonight at Rock Chalk Park. And, for the third time in three outings this season, Ryosuke scored two goals in a Menace victory.
Ryosuke, the current PDL Player of the Week, spotted the visitors a two-goal lead tonight. His sixth goal of the season came in the 45th minute, helping send the Menace into halftime with a cushion.
A familiar face helped Kaw Valley cut the lead in half in the 55th minute. Tucker Stephenson – a member of the 2017 Menace – scorched his former team with his fourth goal of the season.
The Cranes (2-2-1) had their chances to end this inaugural meeting in a tie. They pushed and pushed in the closing minutes, but goalkeeper Carlos Mercado and the Menace held firm to withstand a drawn-out second-half stoppage time.
These teams will have two more meetings this season. Kaw Valley visits Valley Stadium on June 23 and 29.
UP NEXT: The Menace rolls on for another road match tomorrow. On a quick turnaround, Des Moines rematches the St. Louis Lions at 5 p.m., one week after leaving St. Peters, Mo., with a 4-1 win.
The Menace’s next home action comes June 15-16. Des Moines hosts Nebraska Bugeaters FC on Fireworks Friday and the arch-rival Chill the following night.
MAN of the MATCH: Kino Ryosuke, for the third time in the Menace’s 3-0-0 start to the season. Ryosuke transfers to Louisville after graduating from Marshalltown Community College this spring.
- Kaw Valley FC is a developmental partner with Sporting Kansas City.
- The Menace and KVFC entered this match in the No. 3 and 4 spots on the PDL Central Conference Power Rankings, behind No. 1 Lansing and No. 2 Dayton.
- Kaw Valley head coach Istvan Urbanyi played for the Menace in 2001, helping the team reach the PDL Final Four.
- Goalkeeper Carlos Mercado earned the win in his Menace debut.
Match: Des Moines Menace at Kaw Valley FC
Date: Friday, June 1, 2018
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Rock Chalk Park (grass field) in Lawrence, Kan.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m CDT
Weather: 90s and sunny
Scoreline 1 2 F
MENACE 2 0 2
KVFC 0 1 1
MENACE – Kino Ryosuke 24
MENACE – Kino Ryosuke (Audi Jepson) 45
KVFC – Tucker Stephenson 55
MENACE – Biko Brennan (yellow card) 62
KVFC – John Leisman (yellow card) 90+
Corner Kicks: 2-5
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In its 25th season, the Menace men’s team competes in the Premier Development League (PDL). Entering its seventh 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 promotes the growth of soccer through these youth programs: Junior Menace (ages 3-9), Menace Academy (ages six and older), and tournaments, camps and clinics.