WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 – As the college-soccer season approaches its final weeks, it’s time to catch up with former Menace players.
First up: Alumni of the Menace Premier Development League team who are playing for NAIA and NJCAA (junior-college) teams this fall. These eight players have put up impressive numbers, combining for 72 goals and 46 assists, while guiding their respective teams to a collective record of 66-9-5.
You can follow Menace alumni at Twitter.com/MenaceSoccer and come back to MenaceSoccer.com next week for updates on Menace PDL alumni in the NCAA.
Mobile (12-1-1): Deshorn Brown’s 23 goals lead all NAIA scorers. The eye-popping total is only part of the No. 4 Rams’ assault on opposing teams. Mobile (Ala.), a final four team a year ago, has outscored foes 52-5 through 14 matches. A standout with the Menace last summer, Brown scored five goals in the teams’ 10-0 win on Oct. 8.
Stephen Okai, who played for the Menace in 2010, has five goals and eight assists for the Rams. Brown and Okai were NAIA first-team all-Americans last year.
Lindsey Wilson (10-0-0): The undefeated Blue Raiders are second in the current NAIA rankings, with the chance to move to the top spot after No. 5 Baker (Kan.) knocked off No. 1 Hastings (Neb.) this week. Lebogang Moloto, a star with the Menace the last two years, has four goals and a team-best seven assists this fall. He was named the NAIA’s national offensive player of the week on Sept. 20, after collecting eight points in two matches.
Samuel Asante, a member of the Menace’s 2009 PDL Elite Eight side, has three goals and three assists for Lindsey Wilson (Ky.).
Grand View (14-1-1): Luis Piffer (27 points) and Jonny Macadam (28 points) form a mighty one-two punch for the Vikings. Piffer (2010-11 Menace) has eight goals and 11 assists; Macadam (2011 Menace) has 10 goals and eight assists.
Grand View is sixth in the current NAIA rankings, one year after a run to the Elite Eight.
Graceland (9-3-2): In a battle between Iowa’s top two NAIA teams, the Yellowjackets earned a scoreless draw against visiting Grand View on Tuesday. Graceland, a team that appeared briefly in last month’s national rankings, is led by 10 goals from Brady Blankenship (2011 Menace).
Marshalltown Community College (11-4-1): Otis Williams, who stepped in for the Menace late last season, paces the Tigers with nine goals.
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace competes in the 64-team United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL), the highest amateur level of soccer in North America. The Menace plays its home matches in a fun, family-friendly environment at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines. The organization promotes a healthy lifestyle through its popular youth programs, including the Menace Academy (select soccer for ages 9-19), camps, clinics and tournaments.
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