By Cassandra Dreher
Saturday, July 6 was a major deciding day for three Midwest teams looking to make the playoffs.
After a 2-1 loss against playoff hopefuls Madison 56ers, Des Moines Menace needed a win on Saturday to keep their postseason dreams alive. They faced off against Quad City Eagles, the team which, in their last meeting, was responsible for breaking Des Moines’ impressive streak of ten home wins in a row spanning two seasons. The Menace were out for revenge, and they finally achieved it in the 50th minute with a goal by defender Jordan Bishop. One goal was all it took; Menace defeated the Eagles 1-0 and maintained their 4th place position in the standings, guaranteeing them a spot in the Midwest Playoffs.
Later that day, Fire and Ice SC hosted Kansas City Shock for a competitive and spirited match. After a scoreless first half, Fire and Ice came through with two goals in the second half to defeat the Shock. Though Kansas City’s supporters group, The Underground, traveled to support the orange and blue, Fire and Ice maintained their home field advantage; bolstered by their own supporters St. Louligans, they remained undefeated at home. The two teams flip-flopped in the standings, with the win boosting Fire and Ice into second place while the Shock took third.
The Midwest Playoffs will take place on July 13 and 14 at Centerville High School in Centerville, OH. First place finishers Ohio Galaxies are the only WPSL veterans to compete in the playoffs this year. Kansas City Shock and Fire and Ice SC are both in their inaugural club seasons, and Des Moines Menace joined the WPSL this year after a championship first season in the WLS.