WSA Winnipeg’s bid for a second straight victory was not meant to be in a 6-0 loss to the Des Mounes Menace. Winnipeg played most of the second half with only 10 players.
Playing their third match in just 4 days, Winnipeg changed up the lineup to work some fresh legs into the side, and give some rest to some key players. Regular starters Moses Danto, Belmin Mackic and Tobias Krueger all started the game on the bench. Ali Musse did not dress.
Both sides traded possession in the early going with neither side controlling the play. But one breakdown in the Winnipeg defense led to an opening goal for the visiting Menace. De Moines would add a second two minutes later for a 2-0 lead 15-minutes into the game.
Strong play in the middle of the field by Raphael Ohin, Kyle Hiebert and Tom Prazak kept the Wolf Pack within two. But before halftime Des Moines would find the net twice for a 4-0 lead into the break.
It was out of the break that Winnipeg’s fortunes looked to improve. Moses Danto came on to start the second half which appeared to change the entire pace of the game. Danto’s size and speed opened up the play in the second half with WSA working the ball around and getting some chances in their favour.
But it would end up short lived as a red card to Aaron Badescu handicapped the Pack to just 10-men and made the comeback that much more difficult.
Despite playing short handed. Strong play by Danto, Ohin and substitute Freddy Attiglah gave Winnipeg hope of breaking the shutout. The trio combined on the right side of the field several times, stringing together passes and leading to the best chance of the night. Tobias Krueger found himself 1-on-1 with a defender and his shot was well hit but stopped by the keeper.
Josh Partaker did his part in goal despite the scoreline. Several big saves prevented the Menace from extending their lead in the second half. But before the final whistle the visitors from Iowa would score two more goals for the 6-0 final.
That ends a lengthy home stand for WSA Winnipeg, who head on the road collecting their first win of the season. They will try to add to the 1-0 win against Chicago on Sunday when they head to Thunder Bay for a two game weekend set.