WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 – Des Moines Menace alumni play for nine of the 48 teams in the NCAA Division-I Men’s Soccer Championship, which opens today.
These 19 former Menace Premier Development League players are part of the 2011 postseason:
No. 2 seed Creighton: Andrew Duran and Jace Peters
No. 10 seed New Mexico: Lance Rozeboom
Akron: Matt Dagilis
Cal State Bakersfield: Eric Shannon and James Garces
Coastal Carolina: Adam Schmoker and Jordan Schmoker
Florida Gulf Coast: Jonathan Koshko, Scott Harrison and Cristian Raudales
Northern Illinois: Francis Otira, Finn Jor and Miles Herbert
Providence: Jhojan Obando
Western Illinois: Charlie Bales, Alexis Dominguez, Kooten Johnson and Husref Jupic
The tournament’s top 16 seeds will be at home Sunday, hosting winners from today’s first-round matchups. The national champion will be crowned on Dec. 11 in Hoover, Ala.
Creighton (18-2-0): The second-ranked (NSCAA) Jays host the winner from this afternoon’s first-round matchup between Northern Illinois and Western Illinois – two teams well-represented by former Menace players. The Missouri Valley Conference’s regular-season and tournament champs have dominated foes, 34-4, including a 22-1 scoring advantage at home.
Duran, the MVC Defender of the Year, and Peters have appeared in all 20 matches for Creighton, which makes its 19th NCAA appearance in 20 years.
New Mexico (17-0-3): Despite finishing atop the NSCAA poll, the Lobos enter the tournament as the 10 seed. New Mexico, the only undefeated team in D-I, prepares for a Sunday home date against Duke or Georgia State. Rozeboom (2007-09 Menace), a member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s first team, has three goals (all on penalty kicks) and two assists.
Akron (13-3-4): Like New Mexico, the Zips did not receive a tournament seeding that matches up with their place in the polls. The defending national champions are ranked 10th but did not get one of the top 16 seeds. They host Northwestern today, competing for a second-round date with fifth-seeded Southern Methodist. Akron native Dagilis (2009 Menace) has two goals, including the Zips’ only score in a 1-1 shootout loss to Western Michigan in the Mid-American Conference semifinals.
Cal State Bakersfield (12-3-5): The Roadrunners joined the D-I ranks in 2010 and are headed to the big dance one year later. They host Saint Mary’s; Eighth-seed California-Irvine awaits the winner.
Bakersfield nearly gave New Mexico its only loss, falling Sunday in a 1-1 shootout in the MPSF title match. Shannon, a conference honorable mention pick, has minded the net every match. He has eight shutouts and a 0.80 GAA. Garces has made 13 appearances.
Coastal Carolina (17-3-0): The Chanticleers host Elon, vying for a second-round matchup with top-seeded North Carolina. The Schmoker twins have contributed as freshmen: Jordan has a goal and an assist in 13 matches, and Adam has appeared in seven contests.
Florida Gulf Coast (12-5-2): First-time NCAA Tournament participant FGCU visits Central Florida, for the chance to play seventh-seeded South Florida. The Eagles, the Atlantic Sun Conference’s regular-season and tournament champions, feature a trio from the 2009 Menace.
Harrison played the hero in Sunday’s league championship, scoring in the 89th minute of a 1-0 win over Eastern Tennessee State. Raudales joined him on the all-tournament team, after his seven-goal season netted him a spot on the A-Sun’s first team. Koshko, a defender, has played all 19 matches.
Northern Illinois (14-5-0) and Western Illinois (13-6-1): Today’s matchup features eight Menace alumni and determines Creighton’s second-round guest.
Both teams are riding the highs from winning their respective conference tournaments. Northern Illinois beat Western Michigan for the Mid-American Conference crown; Western defeated Oral Roberts for the Summit League’s tourney title.
For NIU, today’s home team, Otira is a member of the all-conference first team and the all-tournament team. Jor is also a staple in the Huskies’ lineup, with two assists from the midfield. Herbert has not seen any action in goal.
Bales, the Summit League’s Defensive Player of the Year, earned tournament MVP honors after scoring both goals in WIU’s 2-1 win in the league final. Dominguez joined Bales on the first team and all-tourney team, collecting three goals and five assists this season. Jupic also earned all-tournament recognition. He was a second-team selection, after scoring three goals and assisting three more. Johnson has one goal in 17 matches; Matt Carlson – a former Menace Academy standout, like Jupic – has appeared in 12 matches for the Leathernecks.
Providence (10-7-1): The Friars host Dartmouth, hoping to continue their postseason at 15th-seeded UC Santa Barbara. Obando has tended goal in every game for Providence, posted a 1.30 GAA and six shutouts.
The season has ended for Menace alums on these NCAA D-I teams, including three sides that came within one win of the national tournament:
Missouri State (9-8-2): After sharing the MVC regular-season title with Creighton, and topping the Jays 1-0 in Springfield, the Bears lost Sunday in the conference final – a 1-0 Creighton win. Gerard Barbero received MVC honorable mention and a spot on the all-tournament squad. Trevor Spangenberg started in goal every match, finishing with a 0.93 GAA and six shutouts. Matt Bray played in eight matches.
Oral Roberts (7-11-2): The Golden Eagles lost to Western Illinois, 2-1, in Sunday’s Summit League final, eight days after they defeated the Leathernecks, 3-2. Jarrett Hamilton, an all-conference first teamer, paced ORU with six goals. Aaron Douthitt had two goals and four assists.
Western Michigan (6-12-3): The Broncos shocked Akron with a 1-1 semifinal shootout win on Friday, before falling, 1-0, to Northern Illinois in the MAC title game. Shane Lyons led WMU with six goals; Luis Lemus had two assists in 21 matches; Uriah Polley assisted one goal in four matches. Stu Riddle, a standout with the 2002 Menace, is Western Michigan’s head coach.
Valparaiso (9-6-5): The Horizon League’s regular-season champions lost Friday in a scoreless, semifinal draw that eventual champ Loyolo (Ill.) won in a shootout. Kyle Zobeck (2009 Menace), the league’s goalkeeper of the year, posted a 0.66 GAA – best among Menace alumni this season – and set school records for shutouts in a season (11) and a career (18).
Drake (11-8-1): The Bulldogs’ season ended with a 2-0 loss to Missouri State in the MVC semifinals. Four Menace alumni received conference recognition: Matt Kuhn (first team; 11 goals and four assists), Thomas Ostrander (second team; five goals and four assists), Hunter Kennedy (second team, two goals and three assists) and Jordan Kadlec (honorable mention; 8-6-1 with 74 saves). Kuhn, Ostrander and Kennedy also received academic all-district recognition; Kuhn and Kadlec were part of the all-tournament team.
Joe Lyons (three games), Michael Noonan (two goals and two assists), David Parato (13 appearances) and Jordan Stanley (one goal) also contributed for Drake.
Binghamton (5-10-2): Tommy Moon had a goal and a pair of assists for the Bearcats.
Butler (7-8-3): Ade Oluyedun (four goals and two assists), Adam Glanzer (three goals and one assist), Brandon Fricke (one goal and one assist) and goalie Andy Holte (3-1-1, 1.48 GAA) were key cogs for the Bulldogs. Fricke, a Grimes native, received academic all-district recognition.
Cal Poly (6-9-3)): Freshmen Matt LaGrassa and Chase Minter each appeared in one match.
Dayton (5-13-1): Jack Pearson (2009-10 Menace) was named to the Atlantic 10 second team for the second straight year.
Evansville (5-11-1): Tad Kreamalmeyer finished with a goal and an assist for the Purple Aces.
Kentucky (9-9-2): Sam Brooks (2010 Menace) had two goals and two assists.
Loyola Marymount (7-12-1): The Menace’s all-conference pick in 2010, Logan McDaniel assisted five scores and received West Coast Conference honorable mention. Former Menace teammates Roger Downes (seven games) and goalkeeper Billy Thompson (one appearance in goal) also saw action for the Lions.
Penn (8-5-2): Stephen Baker (2010 Menace) scored five goals and set up two others.
San Francisco (5-5-2): Brendan Roslund is the West Coast Conference’s goalkeeper of the year, after earning a 1.11 GAA, 95 saves and six shutouts. Brian Visser was named to the WCC all-freshman team.
Syracuse (3-12-1): Phil Boerger played in goal every minute for the Orange, making 76 saves and compiling a 1.67 GAA.
Tulsa (5-12-0): Norwalk native Kyle Cumings (2008-10 Menace) played in 12 matches, scoring one goal.
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.