Articles from 2016
Congratulations to Austin Ledbetter (pictured) and many Menace alums who earned college honors this fall.
Menlo's Rachel McCloskey (foreground) and Lynn's Georgia Robert (background, left) are among the Menace's honorees from the 2016 college season.
Boys and girls in grades 2-12 are invited to join the fun at our indoor soccer tournament, set for Super Bowl weekend. Grades 2-8 play 3v3, and grades 9-12 play 2v2.
Menace season tickets offer a great value, and here's a nice bonus: Fans who order early will receive one of these warm, stylish caps, while supplies last.
Following a pair of successful years as Menace head coach, Mike Matkovich will not return for 2017.
The 2016 Menace season started with a run in the U.S. Open Cup, continued with a three-peat as division champs, and ended with some postseason excitement.
We look back on some of the highlights from a season that brought huge improvement for the Menace women.
Congratulations to goalkeeper Nico Campbell and defender Austin Ledbetter on their Premier Development League accolades.
The 2016 season came to a close for the Menace with a 2-0 loss in the PDL Central Conference Championship on July 23.
The Menace's unexpectedly lopsided win over K-W United FC on Friday sends Des Moines to the PDL Central Conference's championship match.
A Friday-night rematch with defending PDL champ K-W United opens the postseason for the revenge-minded Menace.
This year's PDL Central Conference's championship weekend is a carbon copy of last year's. On Friday, the Menace rematches with K-W United FC in Pontiac.
A 4-2 win over Minnesota on July 17 wrapped up the Menace's season with a 6-1-1 record.
Ricky Hoegg (20) and Tommy Barlow scored back-to-back goals to get Des Moines by St. Louis on Saturday at Valley Stadium. Next up: the PDL Playoffs!
Taking an early lead on a goal by Nicole Pearson, the Menace nearly knocked off undefeated Chicago on Saturday (July 16) at Valley Stadium.
Chris Nkoghe saved the day for the Menace, which got past Toledo United FC, 4-3, on Friday to keep the Kum & Go Kup.
With a three-peat of the Heartland Division already secured, the Menace hosts a Fireworks Friday exhibition with Toledo and a Saturday season finale with St. Louis.
The Menace women host defending league champ Chicago on Saturday at Valley Stadium, then welcome Minnesota to Grimes Sporst Complex on Sunday.
Take a look behind the scenes at some of the personalities that make up the 2016 Menace.
The votes are in for the 2016 Menace women. Based on a poll, we learn the team's best singer, worst driver, biggest flirt and more!
Friday Fireworks highlight this weekend's Menace action.
The home side struck first, but goals by Jordan Bishop (pictured) and Sarah Brandt got the Menace past the Kansas City Courage on Sunday.
Tommy Barlow scored this goal in the 90th minute, giving the Menace a dramatic, 1-1 draw with Thunder Bay on Saturday.
Hat-trick hero Whitney Sharpe (left) and Danielle Puddefoot (right) combined for five goals in an 8-1 win on Saturday.
Needing a win to seal the franchise's third straight Heartland Division title, the Menace hosts the Thunder Bay Chill on Saturday.
In the second-to-last weekend of the season, in-state rival Quad City comes to Valley Stadium on Satuday, and the Menace visits Kansas City on Sunday.
Elvir Ibisevic scored the game-winner and Leigh Veidman tacked on an insurance goal on Saturday (July 2) for the first-place Menace.
The defending WPSL champs improved to 6-0-0 with at 4-0 win over the previously undefeated Menace (3-0-1) on July 2.
A Friday-night loss in Indiana means the Menace has dropped back-to-back matches after going undefeated in 17 straight.
In a battled of unbeatens, the Menace faces the Chicago Red Stars Reserves on Saturday (July 2) in Naperville.
The Menace heads to Kokomo for a Friday-Saturday doubleheader, hoping to rebound from Tuesday's loss at Chicago.
Leigh Veidman's four-goal performance on June 24 has earned the Menace captain a spot on the PDL Team of the Week.
The Chicago Fire dealt the Menace its first loss of the PDL season, 1-0 on Tuesday morning (June 28).
Entering a Tuesday-morning battle of the Heartland Division frontrunners, the Menace knows a win at Chicago would clinch a spot in the PDL Playoffs.
Tommy Barlow's hat trick led the Menace's scoring brigade on Saturday (June 25) at Valley Stadium.
Danielle Puddefoot scored a hat trick, Nicole Pearson had a brace, and the Menace cruised on Saturday (June 25).
Goalkeeping heroics by co-MVPs Hayley Krogh and Jenna Stremlow helped the shorthanded East all-stars win on Saturday (June 25).
Leigh Veidman and the Menace rolled to a 7-0 rout of WSA Winnipeg on Friday.
Whitney Sharpe and Sarah Brandt each scored twice in the first half of a 5-0 win over WSA on Friday (June 24).
The Menace and WSA Winnipeg collide in a Friday-Saturday double-dip that features teams at the top and the bottom of the Heartland Division table.
In their only home action between June 4 and July 9, the Menace ladies welcome a Canadian club as part of a pentaheader weekend at Valley Stadium.
The all-star action continues this Saturday (June 25) at Valley Stadium, with the state's top girls players taking center stage before the Menace women and men take the field.
Des Moines is 6-0-1 following Saturday's home victory over St. Louis. Next up: a home Friday-Saturday doubleheader with WSA Winnipeg.
With all of its goals coming from southwest-Iowa representatives, the West won the boys' East-West All-Star Cup on Saturday.
Streaks are on the line Saturday for the Menace, which is unbeaten in 14 straight league matches and 17 straight home matches.
Lindsay Stoner shares an intern's perspective of travelling with the Menace to Canada and back.
Congratulations to Menace captain Leigh Veidman, who has scored in three staight matches to earn weekly honors from the league.
A 6-0 win at WSA Winnipeg on June 14 finished the Menace's three-game Canadian journey in style. The team's in first place heading into a three-game homestand that opens Saturday.
The Menace hosts the Iowa High School all-star games the next two Saturdays, with the boys on June 18 and the girls on June 25. Here are the boys' details, including rosters.
A behind-the-scenes look at travelling with the team, courtesy Menace intern Lindsay Stoner...
For the first time in a decade, the Menace has swept the host Thunder Bay Chill in a doubleader. Des Moines won 2-1 on Saturday (June 11).
Camila Parra and Danielle Puddefoot each scored twice in the Menace's victory at Minnesota on Saturday (June 11).
The Menace spoiled Thunder Bay's home opener, which ended as an 11v9 match. Leigh Veidman and Tommy Barlow provided the goals.
With aspirations of running their record to 3-0-0, the Menace ladies face the Minnesota TwinStars on Saturday (June 11).
The Menace swings through Thunder Bay for a Friday-Saturday doubleheader then on to Winnipeg for a Tuesday tilt. The team's upcoming home slate in June 18, 24 and 25.
Saturday night's scoreless draw extends the Menace's streak of 17 straight home, regular-season matches without a loss.
A 4-0 victory over KC -- the 25th in the Menace ladies' history -- gives Des Moines a 2-0-0 start to their fifth season.
In a matchup of teams with 2-0-0 records, the Menace welcomes PDL newcomer Kokomo (Ind.) Mantis FC to Valley Stadium on Youth Soccer Night this Saturday.
The Menace clashes with the Kansas City Courage on Saturday (June 4) in a matchup of teams that were evenly matched in a pair of ties last season.
Congratulations to Menace goalkeeper Nico Campbell on this weekly honor from the Premier Development League.
Despite a goal from Christian Flath (center), the Menace's bid for a fourth-round U.S. Open Cup match with the Houston Dynamo fell short in a 2-1 home loss on Wednesday.
The Menace hosts San Antonio FC on Wednesday, knowing that the winning team gets a fourth-round U.S. Open Cup match at the Houston Dynamo.
After Saturday's win at St. Louis, the Menace comes home for two anticipated matches at Valley Stadium. Next up: a Wednesday-night match in the U.S. Open Cup.
With two goals from Nicole Pearson and a goal each from newcomers Hannah Evans and Sarah Brandt, the Menace shut out rival Quad City on Friday (May 27).
Seeking its 10th straight regular-season victory, the Menace opens its Premier Development League road schedule against the St. Louis Lions on Saturday (May 28).
The Menace gets a shot at another home Cupset. Wednesday's winner advances to a fourth-round trip to face the Houston Dynamo (MLS).
The Menace's 2016 WPSL season begins in Davenport on Friday (May 27) against the Quad City Eagles. Justin Vorster's forces open their home slate on June 4.
After months of anticipation, the new version of our popular mascot arrived with much fanfare during halftime of the Menace's 2016 PDL opener.
The Menace's home unbeaten streak lives on, thanks to Saturday night's win over Chicago Fire U23 to open the Premier Development League season.
The Menace brings a 15-match home unbeaten streak into its 2016 PDL opener on Saturday (May 21) against Chicago Fire U23.
With a home upset on Wednesday (May 18), the Menace earned the shot at another. After downing Tulsa, the Menace gets to host San Antonio FC on June 1.
On Wednesday, the Menace looks for its first home win against a pro team since 2005, when Des Moines knocked off Pittsburgh and Charleston (above) at Waukee Stadium.
The Menace's first-round win in Wichita means we'll be hosting a pro team in the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Here are some details...
In the final days before his anticipated May 21 unveil, Maniac headed to the Menace's practice fields to play some soccer.
The Menace hosts Tulsa Roughnecks FC on Wednesday, May 18, thanks to a 2-1 win at FC Wichita in the first round of the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
A May 18 home date with Tulsa Roughnecks FC is up for grabs when the Menace jostles with FC Wichita on Wednesday (May 11) in Kansas.
Maniac's journey to better health takes him to Kum & Go's new Go Fresh Market in Johnston.
Maniac looks to training partners Spike (Drake University Bulldogs) and Surge (Iowa Energy NBA D-League) to help push him in his workouts.
The Menace's first-round fate in the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup? A May 11 match in Kansas, with the winner hosting Tulsa Roughnecks FC on May 18.
The Menace's tryout schedule is updated for Saturday, April 23, with the men going from noon to 3 p.m., followed by the women from 3 to 5.
Our mascot is getting back in shape by working out at the YMCA Healthy Living Center -- the official training facility of the Des Moines Menace.
Maniac writes about his off-season efforts to get in the best shape of his soccerball-headed life. Thanks to our friends at Sheels All Sports, Maniac is geared up for a healthier lifestyle.
The ninth season of Menace Champions League wrapped up March 6, when a pair of underdog teams hoisted the cup. Nearly 200 players competed in MCL 2016.
The Menace ladies will play six home matches, all in June and July. The team's home schedule opens June 4 and wraps up July 17 with the Menace's first-ever match in Grimes.
The Menace will open and close the regular season at Valley Stadium, hosting Chicago on May 21 and St. Louis on July 16.
On Jan. 19, Vince Cicciarelli (pictured) and Jacob Speed were chosen in the second and final day of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
On Jan. 14, Chris Hellmann (pictured) and Chase Minter heard their names called in the second round of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
We send our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Shadow Sebele, who died on Jan. 7. Shadow starred for the Menace in 2013.