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Academy 18s' State Cup streak alive at 5

Congratulations to the Menace Academy 18U boys on their fifth straight state title. Photo credit: Terrisue Johnson
 
 
MUSCATINE, Iowa – Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 – The continued winning ways of the 18U boys team highlighted the Menace Academy’s success in the 2016 Iowa State Cup.

Collecting their fifth state title in five tries, the Menace 18s rallied past Sporting Iowa, 3-1, in Sunday afternoon’s championship. The Academy’s 15U and 17U boys also advanced to the tournament’s final weekend, coming up short in their respective semifinal matches.
 
“I’m proud of all five of our teams that played State Cup this fall,” said Menace Academy director of coaching Tomas Boltnar. “Two teams (the 16U and 19U boys) missed out on their semis by just one goal. The 15s and 17s battled hard in the semifinals, and they have something to build on in the future.
 
“The 18s had to deal with several injuries, and it’s always more difficult to deliver the results when you are the favored team. We’ve done this consistently over the years,” continued Boltnar, who has led this team from day one. “We are excited to have another shot not just to participate at regionals but to give it a serious run and hopefully win it all.”
 
After a couple pool-play weekends at Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines (where the Menace Academy posted an 11-2-2 ledger), the state-cup’s championship action shifted eastward to the Muscatine Soccer Complex.
 
On Saturday (Oct. 29), the underdog 15s (a 2-1 loss to Iowa Soccer Club from Iowa City) and 17s (a 1-0 loss to eventual champ Vision Soccer Academy from Waukee) more than held their own; the 18s cruised to an 8-1 result against Southeast Elite Soccer Academy from Burlington.
 
Heading into Sunday’s final, the defending four-time champs had accumulated a lopsided aggregate of 118 goals scored and only 16 allowed – including a 24-5 advantage in the first four contests of this fall’s cup. The team had never allowed a goal in the first half of a state-cup match, and (by memory) had never trailed in 24 prior matches in the tournament. This changed only five minutes into the final, when Sporting Iowa converted a penalty kick for an early lead that lasted until the 28th minute, when Julius Cooper’s goal leveled the match.
 
A game-winner by Roberto Yanqui (assisted by Payne Hoyt) and a header of an insurance goal from Ronaldo Enamorado (assisted by Jordy Triana-Vasquez) – along with another superb effort by the team’s dependable defense – preserved the dynasty’s State Cup perfection.
 
The team’s fifth-straight state title sets up a June trip to South Dakota for the 2017 US Youth Soccer Region II Championships.
 
 
 
 
Menace Academy 18U   Menace Academy 17U   Menace Academy 15U
Blaine Colman   Alex Alatorre   Jimmy Alba
Julius Cooper   Tyler Bruinekool   Alexis Arraga
Ronaldo Enamorado   Luis Chavez   Daniel Bacuyag
Eddy Fernandes   Isai Diaz   Brandon Barron
Edwin Garcia   Baraka Ellie   Alexander Bautista
Payne Hoyt   Danny Haisch   Amir Carrillo
Ricardo Ibarra   Ian Hernandez   Arvin Garcia
Trevor Johnson   Armaan Kumar   Semir Ibisevic
Alex Meza   Anthony Martinez   Cooper Kissell
Alexander Montalvo   Richard Martinez   Amos Munoz
Nick Schnack   Will McDonough   Matthew Palen
Seylan Spence   Fernando Meza   Eric Paniagua
Christian Tavera   Conner O'Toole   Luis Ramos
Jordy Triana-Vasquez   Chris Ortiz   Pablo Rios
Kobe Vasquez   Jarod Riordan   Raymundo Rios
Jake Vilez   Jehovany Rivera   Jose Rodriguez
Luke Whitman   Brian-Felipe Rosales   TJ Thielen
Roberto Yanqui   Zack Sahal   Head coach JR Fernandes
Head coach Tomas Boltnar   Micah Sarlat-Pool   Assistant coach Max Fernandes
Assistant coach JR Fernandes   Ibrahim Shakshak   Team manager Joel Kissell
Assistant coach Jack Pearson   Gabe Sherman    
Team manager Terrisue Johnson   Brennon Woody    
    Head coach Matt Kennedy    
    Assistant coach Michael Murphy    
    Team managers Wendy & Yance Woody    
         
         
         
         
         
 
 
 
ABOUT THE MENACE ACADEMY: The Des Moines Menace Youth Soccer Academy provides a fun and challenging soccer environment that allows players to grow as people and reach the best of their soccer abilities. The academy includes boys and girls teams ranging in age from six to 18. Players are from all over the Des Moines metro area, coming from diverse backgrounds. Academy members develop by learning skills and strategies at age-appropriate levels. Youth are exposed to the very best coaching and training on a consistent basis as they grow and mature.
 
The non-profit Menace Academy is part of the Des Moines Menace – Iowa’s premier men’s and women’s teams. The Menace promotes healthy lifestyles through popular youth programs that also include Junior Menace, camps, clinics and tournaments.


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