Husref Jupic, pictured after a Menace PDL game in 2011, scored the goal that gave Western Illinois the 2011 Summit League championship.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 – Nearly 30 alumni of the Des Moines Menace Academy played college soccer this fall.
With the postseason upon us, we look back on the 2011 accomplishments of these former members of our academy who have taken their game to the next level.
NCAA Division I
UCLA Women (15-1-3): The second-seeded Bruins open NCAA Tournament play tomorrow, hosting New Mexico. Chelsea Cline, a former high-school all-American at Shattuck St. Mary’s (Faribault, Minn. – 2009 graduate), has one goal and three assists.
Western Illinois (3-5-4): A member of the Menace’s 2010 and 2011 Premier Development League teams, Husref Jupic has three goals and three assists. The 2009 Iowa High School Player of the Year (Hoover High School) delivered the golden goal in an overtime win over UMKC on Oct. 29, clinching the Leathernecks’ Summit League title. He earned a spot on the all-Summit League second team.
Former academy teammate Matt Carlson (Dowling, 2009) has contributed a pair of assists in 12 matches during his first season at WIU.
Tulsa (5-12-0): Kyle Cumings (Norwalk, 2008), who also played for the 2009-10 Menace PDL teams, appeared in 12 matches – including nine starts – and scored a goal for the Golden Hurricane.
Drake (11-7-1): A pair of former Menace Academy and Dowling Catholic teammates are on the Bulldogs’ roster. Joe Lyons has played in three matches. Jackson Teeling has not made any appearances.
NCAA Division II
Philadelphia (5-11-0): Goalkeeper Alex Heston (Roosevelt, 2010) has a 4-7-0 mark, with a 1.70 GAA, 63 saves and two shutouts.
NCAA Division III
Simpson (8-10-1): Bryan Michelsen (Norwalk, 2008) is a second team, academic all-district selection who appeared in every match and scored a goal in his senior season. Freshman Caleb Baker (Centerville) saw action in five games.
Central (10-8-1): Seniors Leland Schipper (Ankeny, 2008) and KJ McQuerry (Valley, 2008) started every match for the Fighting Dutch. Schipper scored two goals and assisted five others; McQuerry had one goal, a game-winner.
Wartburg (8-10-1): Neil Shields (Adel-DeSoto-Minburn, 2009) made 16 appearances and had one assist.
Gustavus Adolphus (14-2-3): Mark Adams (Waukee, 2008) was second on the Gusties with 20 points, on seven goals and six assists.
Macalester (10-7-1): Will Mackaman (Roosevelt, 2010) played in all of the Scots’ matches, assisting three goals.
Kenyon (7-8-2): Jared Kunze (Waukee, 2008) was 1-1 with a 1.46 GAA and three saves in five matches for the Lords (Ohio).
Grand View (16-2-2): After sharing the Midwest Collegiate Conference’s regular-season crown, the eighth-ranked Vikings prepare for a run in the national tournament. Noel Medina (Urbandale, 2009), Sam Weeks (Valley, 2009), Tyler Peeler (Hoover, 2010) and Justin Ellison (Centerville, 2011) are on Grand View’s roster. Medina has seven goals and two assists; Weeks has 17 starts, one goal and two assists; Peeler has made two appearances; Ellison, a freshman goalkeeper, has not seen any action.
Graceland (10-6-2): Kevin Irr (Creston, 2010) starts for the Yellowjackets, and Kolten Thatcher (Creston, 2011) is a freshman for Graceland.
Northwestern (12-7-1): Matt Dowie (Pella, 2010) started all 20 matches, notching a goal and two assists for the Red Raiders, who won just five games a year ago.
St. Ambrose (4-13-1): Wes Erickson (Dowling Catholic, 2008) started all seven matches he appeared in, assisting one goal.
Iowa Central Community College (10-7-1): Adis Mujic (Urbandale, 2011) and George Sayeh (North, 2011) are part of a Triton team directed by first-year head coach Ben Taylor, a former Menace PDL standout (2009 and 2011).
Iowa Western Community College (18-1-1): Freshman Chris Schacher (Centerville) is on the roster for the third-ranked Rievers.
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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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