After playing under sunny skies on a grass field a week ago, the Menace and the Lions rematched under cloudy and rainy skies on a turf field. Photo credit: Garrett Culligan
ST. PETERS, Mo. – Saturday, June 2, 2018 – Once again, the Des Moines Menace took a two-goal lead into halftime. And, once again, the Menace finished on top.
Keeping its perfect mark intact, the Menace defeated the St. Louis Lions 2-0 today.
Audi Jepson and Brandon Fricke provided the goals in this Premier Development League match, and for the third-straight game, the Menace (4-0-0) held a 2-0 lead at the half.
This win comes a day after Des Moines’ 2-1 victory over Kaw Valley FC (in Lawrence, Kan.) and a week after a 4-1 road victory on the Lions’ home field at Tony Glavin Soccer Complex. Inclement weather moved today’s rematch from that grass field to the turf surface at Lutheran High School of St. Charles County.
“It was great to get the win today and most importantly leave this business trip with six points,” Jepson said. “Credit to Kaw Valley and St. Louis for not making it easy, as we had to battle. We’ve put ourselves in a position where we want to be, and that’s on top of the (Heartland Division) table.”
Aggressive play by Jepson led to his first Menace goal. With the Menace pressing in the 18th minute, St. Louis goalkeeper Casey Clark took a bad first touch, and Jepson was there to pick the ‘keeper’s pocket for an opportunistic chip goal.
Fricke, in his seventh season as a Menace defensive staple, headed in a free kick from Nico Clasen in the 37th minute. That opportunity was created after Rashid Alarape was fouled on a run-un on the right side.
“I am proud of the collective effort of the team, as well as the contribution of all 22 players on this trip,” Menace head coach Alen Marcina said. “The team was very organized defensively, committed to transiting moments and ruthless in attack.
“We will turn our attention our next opponent and make sure we are meticulous and methodical in our planning and preparation.”
UP NEXT: Canada, here we come. The Menace collides with the arch-rival Thunder Bay Chill – the 2017 PDL finalist – on Friday in Ontario. Then it’s on to Manitoba for a Sunday soiree with WSA Winnipeg.
The Menace’s next home action comes June 15-16. Des Moines hosts Nebraska Bugeaters FC on Fireworks Friday and Thunder Bay the following night.
MAN of the MATCH: Brandon Fricke for his goal, solid defense and steady leadership. Fricke (2010-14 and 2017-18 Menace) earned all-Central Conference status last season after helping his team back to the PDL Playoffs. His first Menace goal and assist also came against the Lions in a road match – a 4-1 win on July 15, 2012.
- The Menace is 19-6-10 all-time against the Lions (10-4-4 road).
- Des Moines is undefeated in 13 of its last 14 matches against St. Louis; the lone loss in this 10-1-2 stretch came May 27, 2017 (1-0) in a weather-delayed match that was moved from Tony Glavin Soccer Complex to Christian High School in O’Fallon, Mo.
- The Menace and the Lions clash at Valley Stadium on July 13 in the teams’ regular-season finale.
- After scoring twice in each of the Menace’s first three matches, Kino Ryosuke was held scoreless in 86 minutes today. Ryosuke’s six goals have surpassed the Menace’s top goals total from all of last season (five goals scored by Devyn Jambga).
- Menace goalie Keegan Meyer got his second shutout while lowering his Goals Against Average to 0.33.
Match: Des Moines Menace at St. Louis Lions
Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018
Competition: Premier Development League regular season
Venue: Lutheran High School of St. Charles County (turf field) in St. Peters, Mo.; Due to weather, the game was moved from its original venue: Tony Glavin Soccer Complex (grass field) in St. Peters, Mo.
Kickoff: 5 p.m CDT
Weather: High 80s, very humid, with rain for most of the second half
Scoreline 1 2 F
MENACE 2 0 2
StL 0 0 0
MENACE – Audi Jepson 18
MENACE – Brandon Fricke (Nico Clasen) 37
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). In 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.