Jennifer Dominguez is the Big 12's top goal-scorer.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 – The inaugural Menace women’s team made a splash last summer, capturing the Women’s League Soccer championship in dominant fashion.
Many members of the 2012 league champs have parlayed their summer experiences into a successful fall, leading the way for their college teams.
Iowa State’s Jennifer Dominguez, who led the Menace in goals and points, is the Big 12’s goals leader. Northwest Missouri State’s Tori Von Mende has become her school’s all-time goals and points leader, and Drake goalkeeper Kalena Litch has broken the Bulldogs’ marks for saves in a career.
Here’s an update on these players and their 2012 Menace teammates. You can follow Menace alumni at Twitter.com/MenaceSoccer and come back to MenaceSoccer.com next week for updates on former members of the Menace’s Premier Development League team.
NCAA Division I
Iowa State (9-7-0; 1-4-0 Big 12 Conference): Cyclone power fueled the Menace’s 2012 title. A total of seven current Iowa State players suited up for Des Moines last summer.
Dominguez scored all four of her team’s goals last weekend – a brace in each of the first two matches at the newly opened Cyclone Sports Complex. Her conference-leading 11 goals put her among the top 10 scorers in Division I and earned her a share of the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week.
Emily Goldstein, who was a member of the season’s first TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week, is third on the team with nine points (four goals, one assist). Jessica Stewart has two goals and two assists, and Brittany Morgan has two assists. Freshmen Lauren Waggoner and Haley Albert have made 11 and four appearances, respectively.
Andrea Swanson has tended goal in nine matches, logging a 3-2-0 mark, 21 saves and a 1.51 goals against average.
Drake (12-3-1; 3-0-1 Missouri Valley Conference): Undefeated in 11 of their last 12 outings, the Bulldogs continue to count on Litch’s steady presence in goal. The junior has played every minute this season, compiling 79 saves and a 0.86 GAA. Litch is the MVC Goalkeeper of the Week for the fourth time in 2012. In back-to-back matches last month, she set the program’s career record for saves and goalkeeper appearances.
Litch and the Bulldogs travel to Ames on Sunday, for a 1 p.m. showdown with Iowa State.
Eastern Illinois (4-10; 2-3 Ohio Valley Conference): Speaking of goalkeepers, Jessica Taldone carries a 1.93 GAA in 13 games for EIU. Her 79 saves lead the Panthers.
Loyola Marymount (6-4-2; 0-1-0 West Coast Conference): Whitney Sharpe has a goal and an assist. She has started all 12 matches for LMU, the third stop in her college career (UCLA, Texas Tech).
Northern Iowa (6-8-1; 1-1-1 Missouri Valley Conference): Elizabeth Rodriguez has appeared in six matches and made one start for the Panthers, who scratched out a 1-1 draw on Sept. 27 snapped Drake’s school-record eight-match winning streak.
NCAA Division II
Northwest Missouri State (7-3-3; 5-1-2 Mid America Intercollegiate Athletics Association): In just her second season with the program, Von Mende is already the career leader in goals (18) and points (40). She set these marks in a Sept. 28 win over Northeastern. Von Mende has a team-best seven goals – including a hat trick – and 16 points for the Bearcats, who are ranked ninth in the Division-II national rankings.
Upper Iowa (9-2-1; 6-2-1 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference): Just one spot behind Northwest Missouri State in the national top 10, Upper Iowa consistently starts five former Menace teammates.
Kali Loescher leads the Peacocks with five goals and 11 points. Jill Schechinger has three goals and three assists. Kelsey Taldone (one goal, two assists), Amanda Millard (one goal) and Catherine Bunting (four shots) are also staples in the UIU starting lineup.
Graceland (12-2-0; 3-0-0 Heart of America Athletic Conference): Shannon Scarlett captains the Yellowjackets. She is pictured and quoted in this recap from Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Culver-Stockton.
AIB College of Business (1-11-0; 1-4-0 Midwest Collegiate Conference): Carlan Samuelson, Jenna Richins, Breanna Haberl and Cassie Klier are part of AIB’s inaugural season. Samuelson assisted the program’s first game-winning goal in a 1-0 overtime win against William Penn on Oct. 2.
The veteran leaders from the inaugural Menace women’s side are still connected to the game in their post-college lives.
Jordan Bishop, Shay Eskridge, Maggie (Kukuk) Wyley and Maureen Vandenbroucke have stepped into new roles this fall.
Bishop, an Iowa State grad, is the Director of Operations for the Auburn women’s team, as she pursues a master’s degree at the Alabama school. Eskridge, who previously coached at alma mater Graceland, is teaching middle school and coaching youth soccer in Texas.
Wyley and Vandenbrouke are elementary teachers who are assistant coaches for their former team, Morningside College.
All four have expressed interest in returning for a second season in Des Moines.
ABOUT THE MENACE WOMEN: Under the direction of head coach Kevin Schalk, the reigning Women’s League Soccer champion Des Moines Menace provide the highest level of competition in Iowa. The Menace men and women play their home matches in a fun, family-friendly environment at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines. Their seasons start in May and end in July.
The Menace organization promotes healthy lifestyles through its popular youth programs, including the Menace Academy (select soccer for ages 9-19), camps, clinics and tournaments.
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