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7 facts about Whitney Sharpe

Whitney is primarily on defense this year with the Menace. She wears No. 19.

Every week we spotlight Menace players in our “7 Facts” series. Make sure you’re paying attention – there’s an “alternative fact” in each story.

Here are seven facts about West Des Moines Valley alum and Menace defender Whitney Sharpe.


1.   Whitney led Valley to four state titles and a 78-0 record. She was also a three-time All-State member and a two-time Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year (2007 and 2008).


2.   Whitney was on the inaugural Women’s Soccer League team that won the national championship in 2012.


3.   While playing for professional club AFC Ajax in Holland, Whitney was a member of the 2013-2014 national championship squad. That year was her favorite of the three years she spent in the Netherlands, in part because the team received bathrobes for winning the championship.


4.   This is her third consecutive season with the Menace. Last year, she scored a hat trick in Des Moines’ 8-1 home win against the Quad City Eagles on July 9.


5.   In her first season at UCLA (2008), she made five starts and had a role in the Bruins’ Pac-12 title.


6.   After two seasons with UCLA, she transferred to Texas Tech for her junior year, and then Loyola-Marymount for her final college season.


7.   A volunteer assistant coach at Iowa State University and a youth coach with the West Des Moines Soccer Club, she enjoys coaching because it’s a way to never leave the game she loves and to give back to the community.




Did you catch this week’s alternative fact? That’s right, it was number 3… UCLA was part of the Pac-10 conference in 2008, not the Pac-12.


Thanks for being with us this season, and thanks for your support of Whitney and the Menace!


Story posted on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.


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