WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 – Des Moines Menace alumni play for three teams in the 2011 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship.
These six former Menace Premier Development League players, who have combined for 72 goals and 46 assists, are part of the NAIA’s Sweet 16:
No. 2 seed Lindsey Wilson (Ky.): Samuel Asante and Lebogang Moloto
No. 4 seed Mobile (Ala.): Deshorn Brown and Stephen Okai
No. 6 seed Grand View: Jonny Macadam and Luis Piffer
The second round opens today, and Orange Beach, Ala., is the site of the knockout tournament, which crowns a champion on Saturday (Dec. 3).
Lindsey Wilson (19-0-0): Asante and Moloto were part of the Blue Raiders’ 2009 championship run, and they hope to add to the program’s NAIA-best eight national titles. They are both members of the Mid-South Conference’s first team.
Moloto,who has starred for the Menace the last two PDL seasons,scored back-to-back goals in Lindsey Wilson’s 7-0 first-round win over Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) on Nov. 19. He has eight goals and seven assists, and he is the conference’s Champions of Character recipient.
A member of the Menace’s 2009 Heartland Division championship team, Asante has five goals and five assists for the Blue Raiders, who have put together the only perfect season in NAIA in dominant fashion. Lindsey Wilson has amassed 67 goals, while conceding just eight.
Mobile (16-2-1) Hosting the 31-team tournament for the second-straight year, the Rams enter postseason action tonight. They are coming off a Final Four finish in 2010.
Brown is the nation’s leading scorer, with 32 goals – including 10 game-winners. The sophomore sensation is a two-time Southern States Athletic Conference Player of the Year. He scored nine goals in 10 matches for the Menace last season.
Okai, who played for Des Moines in 2010, has six goals and 11 assists. He joins Brown on the SSAC first team.
Grand View (16-2-2): Des Moines’ NAIA side advanced to the Elite Eight a year ago. The Vikings are back in the Sweet 16, after beating MidAmerica Nazarene 3-1 on Nov. 19. Macadam and Piffer each scored in the first-round win.
Macadam has 12 goals and nine assists; Piffer has nine goals and 11 assists. For the second-straight season, they are members of the Midwest Collegiate Conference’s first team. Piffer is the conference’s player of the year for the second-straight season.
Four graduates of the Des Moines Menace Academy are on the Vikings’ roster: Noel Medina (seven goals and two assists), Sam Weeks (one goal and two assists), Tyler Peeler (two appearances) and Justin Ellison (no appearances as a freshman goalkeeper).
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.