Rachel Avant is a member of the all-conference first team.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 – A Menace quartet received Women’s Premier Soccer League postseason accolades last Thursday (Aug. 1).
Rachel Avant, Jordan Bishop, Haley Helverson and Katie Hurd have earned spots on the WPSL’s 2013 All-Midwest/Big Sky-South Conference Teams.
This all-conference group comprises players from the Midwest Division and the Big Sky-South Division. In the battle for the Midwest Division playoff title, Fire & Ice (Columbia, Ill.) beat the Menace, 2-0, on July 14.
The Big Sky-South champion Houston Aces defeated Fire & Ice the following weekend, on the way to the league’s championship match – a 2-1 win by the San Diego SeaLions on July 28.
Avant and Bishop made the all-conference first team; Helverson and Hurd are second-team selections. Each also received 2013 Menace Team Awards.
A German-born midfielder from Iowa Central Community College, Avant was named Defender of the Year. Bishop, a second-year captain, Iowa State grad and former pro, is the team’s MVP. Her two goals tied her with Vanessa Batista for Golden Boot honors.
Helverson, from West Des Moines, shares the Community Relations Award with Minnesota teammate Mackenzie Misel. Hurd received the Coaches’ Award. The midfielder from Augustana (S.D.) captained the team alongside Bishop.
In their second season and their first in the WPSL, the Menace women finished 6-4-0. Kevin Schalk’s side claimed the Midwest Division’s fourth and final playoff spot in their final regular-season match – a 1-0 redemption win at in-state foe Quad City on July 6, courtesy a second-half goal by Bishop.
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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