Nico Campbell (green jersey) and Austin Ledbetter (two spots behind Campbell in this human-tunnel pic from June 24) have received postseason plaudits. Photo credit: Dave Mable
WEST DES MOINE, Iowa – Wednesday, July 27, 2016 – The Premier Development League’s 2016 All-Central Conference Team includes a defensive duo from the Des Moines Menace.
Goalkeeper Nico Campbell and center-back Austin Ledbetter have received all-conference honors, announced today by league officials.
In his second year between the pipes for the Menace, Campbell posted a 0.44 Goals Against Average and made 36 saves in nine regular-season appearances. Campbell, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, is a senior-to-be at Valparaiso.
Ledbetter solidified a Des Moines defense that allowed just seven goals – tied with Michigan for the best in the PDL. Ledbetter, a St. Louis native, led the team with 855 minutes played in league games. Heading into his senior year at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Ledbetter is a finalist for the Hermann Trophy Award.
This marks the third time an all-conference squad has featured a pair of Menace teammates. The all-Central Conference team featured Tomas Boltnar and Danilo Oliveira in 2006, and Chris Hellmann and Ralphie Lundy in 2014.
The Menace went 10-2-2 to three-peat as the champion of the Heartland Division. Campbell and Ledbetter were also key cogs in the team’s early-season run to the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
A representative from each team voted on the postseason honors, which are based on regular-season performance. Teams are allowed to vote only on players within their respective divisions. Thunder Bay’s Anthony Putrus and Sullivan Silva also represent the Heartland Division on an all-conference team that has seven members from the Great Lakes Division.
2016 PDL All-Central Conference Team
GK – Nico Campbell, Des Moines Menace
D – Alhassan Abubakar, Michigan Bucks
D – Tom Owens, Michigan Bucks
D – Austin Ledbetter, Des Moines Menace
D – Moustapha Fofana, Derby City Rovers
M – Aleksi Pahkasalo, Derby City Rovers
M – Anthony Putrus, Thunder Bay Chill
M – Sergio Camargo, K-W United FC
F – Sven Koenig, K-W United FC
F – Sullivan Silva, Thunder Bay Chill
F – Russell Cicerone, Michigan Bucks
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In its 23rd season, the Menace men’s team competes in the Premier Development League (PDL). In its fifth season, the Menace women’s team is part of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). With loyal support, the Menace men’s and women’s teams play their home games at the Valley Stadium in West Des Moines to provide family-fun entertainment. The Menace organization provides the growth of the game of soccer in Iowa with their youth soccer programs, including Junior Menace (ages 3-9), Menace Youth Academy (ages six and older), and youth tournaments, camps and clinics.
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