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12 Academy grads to play in college

Left to right: David Cardenas; Eric Ratcliff; Asmir Besic and Jayden Irvin; Omar Flores; Trevor Fuccio and Laney Feight; Not pictured: Raul Barrios, Anthony Velez, Kachi Ekwena, Mason Gonder and Oswaldo Rodriguez
 
 
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Updated Thursday, June 16, 2016 – The Des Moines Menace Academy’s class of 2016 has 12 players taking their skills to the next level.
 
Congratulations to Raul Barrios, Asmir Besic, David Cardenas, Kachi Ekwena, Laney Feight, Omar Flores, Trevor Fuccio, Mason Gonder, Jayden Irvin, Eric Ratcliff, Oswaldo Rodriguez and Anthony Velez, who have committed to college soccer programs.
 
“I personally know all these players and I’m proud of them to move on and represent the Menace organization at the college level,” said Menace Academy director of coaching Tomas Boltnar. “They have the ability to do well and if they show up consistently with a good attitude like they have when they played for Menace Academy, they will do well for themselves in the future.”
 

 

Raul Barrios
Grand View University (NAIA; Des Moines)
Hometown: Des Moines
High school: Dowling Catholic High School
Position: Midfield
Anticipated Major: Kinesiology
 
Asmir Besic
Grand View University
Hometown: Urbandale
High school: Urbandale High School
Position: Center Midfield
Anticipated Major: Computer Science/IT
 
David Cardenas
Grand View University
Hometown: Perry
High school: Perry High School
Position: Attacking Midfield
Anticipated Major: Business/Communications
 
Mason Gonder
Grand View University
Hometown: Norwalk
High school: Norwalk High School
Position: Defender
Anticipated Major: Undecided
 
Jayden Irvin
Grand View University
Hometown: Des Moines
High School: Lincoln High School
Position: Forward
Anticipated Major: Undecided
 
Laney Feight
Simpson College (NCAA Division III; Indianola)
Hometown: Indianola
High School: Indianola High School
Position: Left Defense
Anticipated Major: International Business
 
Trevor Fuccio
Simpson College
Hometown: Marshalltown
High School: Marshalltown High School
Position: Center Back
Anticipated Major: Business Management
 
Omar Flores
Iowa Central Community College (NJCAA; Fort Dodge)
Hometown: Des Moines
High School: Hoover High School
Position: Forward
Anticipated Major: Undecided
 
Anthony Velez
Iowa Central Community College
Hometown: West Des Moines
High School: Valley High School
Position: Goalkeeper
Major: Undecided
 
Oswaldo Rodriguez
Marshalltown Community College (NJCAA; Marshalltown, Iowa)
Hometown: Marshalltown
High School: Marshalltown
Position: Forward
Major: Business Administration
 
Eric Ratcliff
Upper Iowa University (NCAA Division II; Fayette)
Hometown: Grimes
High School: Dallas Center-Grimes High School
Position: Midfield/Forward
Anticipated Major: Business
 
Kachi Ekwena
Rockhurst University (NCAA Division II; Kansas City, Mo.)
Hometown:  Urbandale
High School: Urbandale High School
Position: Forward/Midfield
Anticipated Major: Business
 

 

The Menace Academy strives to provide a positive environment where players can grow as people and also develop as players. Six of the 12 players have been with the Menace Academy for at least two years, and most have been playing together for years.
 
“I started coaching the group when they were 14-15 years old and to watch them grow over the last four years has been an incredible experience,” Menace Academy U18 coach Jack Pearson said. “They've all grown off the field and developed into real hard-working and mentally tough athletes. Through many ups and downs, we always came together as a team and had great support from the parents.”
 
This group will join an extensive list of Menace Academy alumni who are currently playing and who have played college soccer.
 
“It’s always rewarding to see our players move on and better themselves. I wish all of them the best of luck,” said Boltnar.
 
 
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 U9 to U18.  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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