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12U girls claim tournament title

The Menace 12s outscored foes 10-1 on the way to their HIT championship. Photo credit: Ali Knief

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 – The Menace Academy 12U girls ended their fall season with a successful run at the Aldi Heartland Invitational Tournament last weekend.

They swept through group play prior to meeting Vision Soccer Academy 06 (Waukee) in Sunday’s 12U Girls Green final. After two goals each from Emily Henigan and Addison Janssen, the game finished 4-0 in favor of the Menace.

“Another great weekend for the 12U group,” head coach Russ Fortune said. “This same group finished second at this tournament last year which really motivated them to play good soccer and prove themselves this year.”

The Menace Academy 11U and 13U girls also competed in this all-girls tournament. Neither of these teams advanced out of their group.

Related link: Tournament schedules and results


Menace Academy 12U Girls
Olivia Cyr
Alexa Gill
Emily Henigan
Addison Janssen
Kylie Knief
Siba Knittle Dawuni
Sydney Miller
Kalyn Mills
Sayler Ribich
Delaney Swartzel
Erin Yeager
Head coach: Russ Fortune
Assistant coach: Paulina Secory
Team manager: Ali Knief


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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