Menace Intern Jordan Guy will bring you a new Player Spotlight each week of the 2013 season. This week’s spotlight features Menace defender Jamie Vollmer. Posted June 26, 2013.
As the ball skips down the field and approaches the endline, an opposing player beats out the Des Moines Menace forward and kicks the ball out for a throw-in deep in his own zone.
A Menace defender smiles and jogs to the sideline to take the throw. After a short run-up, the defender launches the throw-in deep into the goalie box, watching as a mad scramble for a header ensues.
For Menace defender Jamie Vollmer, this scenario plays out almost every game and has for many years.
“I figured out I could throw it pretty well when I was 12 and I’ve been doing it ever since,” says Vollmer of his impressive ability. “On a good day, I can get it 50 yards.”
The native of Westfield, Ind., has started in the last 12 straight games and collected an assist on June 5 against Kansas City. Playing primarily as a defender, Vollmer has been part of a stout backline that has collected four clean sheets and held five opponents to a single goal.
Vollmer, however, is quick to give credit to anyone but himself.
“We get great leadership from Scott (Angevine); he’s got a lot of experience and knows what’s going on,” Vollmer says. “It also helps that we’ve had the same guys playing for most of the year. Brandon (Fricke) and Taylor (Diem) have been great all year and Albert’s (Edward) been fighting injury but it helps that we have the same guys.”
The throw-in machine fit in well with the Menace from day one by providing a vigorous attitude and oomph that may have been missing otherwise.
“I’m an energy guy; I’m always running up and the pitch,” said Vollmer with a laugh. “I’m the defender who wants to try and attack.”
The junior-to-be will return to Indiana University this fall and continue his soccer career with the defending champion Hoosiers while earning a degree in exercise science.
But before leaving, Vollmer has set his eyes on a couple of goals for the season.
“Our goal was to play a quality game against a MLS (Major League Soccer) team. We feel we’ve achieved that. Now we want to make it to the playoffs and have a deep run; we want to prove we’re a good team.”
Name: Jamie Vollmer
Hometown: Westfield, Ind.
College: Indiana University
Classification and Degree: Junior in Exercise Science
Pre-game Ritual: Laugh as much as possible
Favorite Goal-scoring Celebration: High-knee Double Windmill Thing from FIFA