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2013 team awards: Menace women

 
 
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, July 27, 2013 – It’s time to announce the award winners for the 2013 Menace team that qualified for the Women’s Premier Soccer League playoffs and advanced to the Midwest Division championship match.
 
Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2013 Menace Team Awards:
 

 
 
Most Valuable Player presented by Seneca Companies:
Jordan Bishop
 
 
For the second-straight season, Bishop’s veteran leadership provided a steady midfield presence for the Menace. The Iowa State grad and former pro returned to captain the Menace, and she put the team on her shoulders.
 
“Jordan’s been the staple for this team,” Schalk said after Bishop scored the lone goal in a playoff-clinching win at Quad City on July 6. “She is that rock that we need. She always gives the team everything she has.”
 
Seneca Companies is also the presenting sponsor for “Woman of the Match,” an honor Bishop earned four times.
 

 
Coaches’ Award presented by Kum & Go:
Katie Hurd
 
 
In April, Hurd was a trialist. In May, she earned her first playing time. In June, she became co-captain and scored a 90th-minute game-winner (June 8). Through this rapid progression, the Nebraska native and Augustana (S.D.) Viking played nearly every minute of the season.
 
“Katie was a consistent part of the midfield and was our defensive specialist throughout the year,” Schalk said. “Side by side with Jordan Bishop, she helped make us the team we were. She is a very coachable player and one that I would like back next season.”
 
This award is decided by the coaching staff, based on the player who “went all out” for the team.
 

 
Golden Boot presented by Olsson and Associates:
Jordan Bishop and Vanessa Batista
 
 
Bishop and Batista each scored two goals and assisted one more. Batista (pictured), a Brazilian and an Iowa Central forward, got her goals at just the right time. In the second half of a July 13 playoff match at Ohio, she opened the scoring to propel the Menace to a 4-1 win and onto the WPSL Midwest Division championship match. Bishop assisted Batista’s first goal.
 
This award goes to the goals leader; assists are the tie-breaker.
 

 
Defender of Year presented by Holmes Murphy:
Rachel Avant
 
 
Avant, a midfielder from Iowa Central, brought an aggressive presence to each game. The German was a force for a Menace defense that allowed just 11 goals in eight WPSL outings. “Rachel was a staple in the back. She created a lot of problems for other teams,” Schalk said.
 
All defensive players, including goalkeepers and midfielders, are eligible for this award.
 

 
 Community Relations Award presented by the Des Moines Menace Foundation:
Haley Helverson and Mackenzie Misel
 
   
 
The Minnesota teammates were consistently positive representatives of the Menace. As Menace Camp counselors, they shared their love of the game in the community they call home. Helverson (left) is from West Des Moines and Misel (right) is from Ankeny.
 
This award recognizes the player(s) who make a positive difference in the community – at appearances, as part of youth programs and at soccer matches.
 
 

 
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. The Menace’s women’s team is a member of the Women’s Premier Soccer League in 2013, after debuting as the Women’s League Soccer 2012 champions. The Menace teams play their 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, Junior Menace and tournaments.
 
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