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12U boys win HIT championship, shootout-style

The Menace 12Us opened their title run with 3-0 and 5-0 wins . Photo credit: T and Khamla Sithonorath

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 – A week after the Des Moines Menace Academy 12U girls earned first place at the Aldi Heartland Invitational Tournament, the club’s 12U boys followed suit.

Tomas Boltnar’s 12U Red team claimed the HIT title in the second-highest of nine divisions for this age group. In the The Menace went 2-0-1 in 12U Boys Blue II pool play, setting up a championship clash with Topeka Select Ajax.

Sunday’s final went to a shootout after the Menace rallied from 1-0 and 3-2 deficits. Raymond converted a late penalty kick to tie the match at 3, and he opened the shootout by making good on another kick from the mark. Drake Rzewnicki and Fabian Leon also came through in the shootout, and goalkeeper Kevin Perez delivered with two tremendous saves to seal the title by a 3-0 margin.

“It was a fun way to finish the season,” said Boltnar, the academy’s director of coaching. “I am proud of all the players on the team, including the players who represented us in the 5v5 tourney (Menace Soccer FestiFall on Nov. 11). We are making progess in the right direction, and it’s great to coach players who are passionate about the game of soccer.

“I’d also like to say thank you to all the coaches and to T (Sithonorath), our team coordinator. Looking forward to many more memories with this group.”

Related link:Tournament schedules and results


Menace Academy 12U Red Boys

Cole Burk
Axel Contreras
Diego Echeverria
Fabian Leon
Jonathan Mendez
Pablo Mendez
Alexander Mirsky
Raymond Molina
Kevin Perez
Yandel Rodriguez
Drake Rzewnicki
Enrico Sartori-Fernandes
Roberto Saucedo-Chavarria, Jr.
Head coach: Tomas Boltnar
Assistant coaches: Matthew Glaser, Rapha Nascimento and Wil Molina
Team manager: T. Sithonorath


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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