WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, July 27, 2013 – With the 20th season of Des Moines Menace Soccer in the books, we announce the award winners for a team that advanced to the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and finished third in the Premier Development League’s Heartland Division.
Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2013 Team Awards:
Most Valuable Player presented by Seneca Companies:
Less than a year after spending time as a goalkeeper for three Major League Soccer clubs, Angevine made his mark with the Menace. He logged more than 1,000 minutes between the pipes in PDL play, posting a 5-5-2 record, 39 saves and a 1.17 Goals Against Average. He collected six shutouts in 2013, including two in the Open Cup.
The spotlight shined brightly on Angevine on May 28, when the Kansas City, Kan., native returned to his hometown to face his former team in one of the most anticipated matches in Menace history. He stood his ground against Sporting KC, keeping the underdog Menace in the match – a 2-0 Open Cup loss to the defending champions.
“Scott made plays which kept us in games throughout the year,” Menace head coach Mike Jeffries said. “Equally importantly, he made all the saves he should, not giving up bad goals. His leadership and experience were also big plusses, as he mentored some of the young players and aided in the defensive organization.”
Seneca Companies is also the presenting sponsor for “Man of the Match,” an honor Angevine received twice.
Coaches’ Award presented by Kum & Go:
Jeffries calls Sebele the team’s “most dynamic attacking player.” The versatile Zimbabwean battled injuries for much of the 2013 season, which he ended on a high note. He played a role in each of the team’s final four goals, scoring twice and assisting the other two. His five assists topped the team.
“Shadow’s willingness to play a variety of roles within the team aided us greatly,” said Jeffries. “In addition, Shadow was a positive influence within the team and took care of the little things to enable him to play through his injuries.”
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:
Wright’s three goals in league play – all against the Kansa City Brass – paced the team. His late score at home on June 22 marked a turning point, in the “Nico” of time. It snapped what would have been a four-match scoring drought and gave the Menace a 1-0 win that kept the team in the playoff picture.
“I am happy for Nico to finish the season as the leading scorer, as he made dramatic strides throughout the season in his play in the penalty area,” Jeffries said of the Jamaican. “His work rate and positive attitude are infectious and helped us throughout the season.”
This award goes to the goals leader (in PDL play); assists are the tie-breaker.
Defender of Year presented by Holmes Murphy:
Since joining the team in the final month of the 2010 season, Fricke has been the Menace’s most consistent presence on the field. In his fourth season in a Menace uniform, the Grimes native wore the captain’s band for more than 1,000 minutes. Alongside returner Taylor Diem, Fricke anchored a stingy defense that until the final match of the season never allowed more than one goal in a single half.
Fricke, who plays for Butler, also scored three goals. He was named “Player of the Round” after delivering a heroic header in the final matches of the team’s 1-0 upset of Minnesota United FC in the Open Cup’s second round.
“Brandon marshaled a defense which gave away few chances through most of the season,” said Jeffries. “In addition to being a solid individual defender, he was strong in the air and consistently able to start our attacks with accurate passing out of the back.”
All defensive players, including goalkeepers and midfielders, are eligible for this award.
Community Relations Award presented by the Des Moines Menace Foundation:
Lubos Kubik and Zev Taublieb
The Menace prides itself in being part of our community, and each season we look for players to step up as positive role models, carrying out the organization’s values in our mission to grow the game of soccer.
This season, Kubik and Taublieb led the way in the team’s community relations. With their positive attitudes and upbeat personalities, they shared their passion for soccer. They provided leadership as head counselors for Menace camps and clinics, displaying high levels of teamwork, caring and integrity.
Kubik (6), a Menace Academy product with roots in the Czech Republic, plays for California University of Pennsylvania; Taublieb (signing autographs) is from Malibu, Calif., and plays for Valparaiso.
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. In its 20th season, the Menace men’s side competes in the 65-team United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL). The Menace’s women’s team played in the 2013 Women’s Premier Soccer League playoff, 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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