DES MOINES, Iowa – February 8, 2019 – The Des Moines Menace will not field a women’s soccer team in 2019.
“After seven seasons of providing Iowa’s highest level of women’s soccer, we have made the difficult decision to cease operations for the Des Moines Menace women’s team to better position our capabilities for the future,” Menace general manager Tiley Nunnink announced today.
From 2012 to 2018, the Menace women compiled a 36-20-6 record under head coaches Kevin Schalk (20-8-0 the first three seasons) and Justin Vorster (16-12-6 the last four seasons). Highlights included the inaugural team claiming the 2012 Women’s League Soccer championship and the 2013 team advancing to the second round of the Women’s Premier Soccer League Playoffs. In 2014, 2016 and 2018, the Menace women earned second place in their division. “The Menace organization thanks the players, coaches, staff and fans who have been part of our women’s program,” Nunnink said. “Best wishes to the players and coaches as they pursue new opportunities in their careers.”
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. Preparing for its 26th season, the Menace competes in USL (United Soccer Leagues) League Two (formerly known as the Premier Development League). 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), and youth tournaments, camps and clinics.