Former Des Moines Menace players racked up an impressive list of honors this fall.
The honor roll for the 2009 college season includes a pair of Menace alumni who are second-team all-Americans and a dozen others who landed on all-conference squads. After helping Des Moines to the Premier Development League’s Elite Eight last summer, eight members of the 2009 Heartland Division champs guided their college teams to the postseason; one played for the NAIA champions.
Division-I all-America second team: Garrett Webb, Drake
Division-II all-America second team: Ben Taylor, Drury (Mo.)
Major League Soccer Combine invitees
Justin Davis, New Mexico
Julien Edwards, Drake
All- region, Division I
Far West first team: Justin Davis, New Mexico
Midwest first team: Jason Griffiths, Kentucky
Midwest first team: Garrett Webb, Drake
Midwest second team: Julien Edwards, Drake
Midwest third team: Dan Williams, Kentucky
All- region, Division II
Midwest first team: Ben Taylor, Drury
Midwest second team: Brad Barraclough, Bellarmine (Ky.)
All-conference, Division I
Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year: Garrett Webb, Drake
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation first team: Justin Davis, New Mexico
Missouri Valley Conference first team: Julien Edwards, Drake
Conference USA first team: Jason Griffiths, Kentucky
Conference USA second team: Dan Williams, Kentucky
Athletic Sun Conference second team: Cristian Raudales, Florida Gulf Coast
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation second team: Lance Rozeboom, New Mexico
Atlantic-10 Conference honorable mention: Jack Pearson, Dayton
All-conference, Division II
Rock Mountain Athletic Conference first team: Pat Laughlin, Metro State (Colo.)
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference first team: Mike Luecke, California (Penn.)
Great Lakes Valley Conference first team: Ben Taylor, Drury
Great Lakes Valley Conference second team: Brad Barraclough, Bellarmine
Great Lakes Valley Conference third team: Grant Bowden, Drury
Southern States Athletic Conference first team: Yuki Kariya, Auburn-Montgomery
Summit League all-tournament team: Husref Jupic (Menace Academy), Western Illinois
C-USA all-tournament team: Dan Williams, Kentucky
Pac-10 all-freshman team: Chelsea Cline (Menace Academy), UCLA women
Summit League all-newcomer team: Sterling Copeland, Oral Roberts
All-District 6 academic team: Lance Rozeboom, New Mexico
All-District 8 academic team: Nick Barclay, Gonzaga
Mid-South Conference academic team: Samuel Asante, Lindsey Wilson College
Champion, NAIA: Lindsey Wilson College (Samuel Asante) defeated The Master’s College (Calif.), 1-0.
Runner-up, NCAA Division I: Akron (Matt Dagilis) lost to Virginia in a PK shootout in the College Cup final. Undefeated in the regular season, the near-perfect Zips (23-1-1) finished No. 2 in the final poll.
Final Four: UCLA women (Chelsea Cline) lost to Stanford, 2-1, in the women’s College Cup semifinals, took third in the final poll.
Elite Eight: Drake (Julien Edwards, Nick Foster, Hunter Kennedy, Jordan Kadlec, Michael Noonan, Thomas Ostrander and Garrett Webb) lost to North Carolina, 2-1, in the quarterfinals. Unranked for much of the season, the Bulldogs finished in the final poll’s No. 8 spot.
Elite Eight: Tulsa (Kyle Cummings and Joe Salem) lost to Akron, 1-0 in the quarterfinals, finished the season at No. 7.
Elite Eight: Iowa Central Community College (coached by Menace 20s head coach Brandon Ermels, the Region 11 Coach of the Year) was ranked eighth in the final Junior College Division-I poll, after losing to Tyler (Texas) and Yavapai (Ariz.) at the national tournament.
Sweet 16: Indiana (Cameron Jordan) lost to North Carolina, 1-0, finished the year ranked 20th.
Sweet 16: Drury (Grant Bowden and Ben Taylor) lost to Lewis, 1-0 in the NCAA Division II national tournament. Ranked as high as second, the Panthers finished in the No. 9 spot.
First round: New Mexico (Justin Davis and Lance Rozeboom) was stunned by Portland, 2-1, in OT.
First round: Western Illinois (Martin Browne and Husref Jupic) lost to Drake, 2-1.
ABOUT THE MENACE: Preparing for its 17th season as Iowa’s Premier Soccer Team, the Des Moines Menace competes in the 68-team Premier Development League (PDL), the highest amateur level of the United Soccer Leagues (USL). The team plays its home games in a fun, family-friendly environment at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines. The 2009 Heartland Division champs open the season in May. The 2010 schedule will be announced in January.