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11U, 13U boys capture tourney titles

The Menace Academy 13U boys pulled out an exciting win in their Gold Division final on April 9. Photo credit: Leslie Jaworski

DES MOINES, Iowa – Tuesday, April 11, 2017 – Another successful weekend has concluded for the Des Moines Academy after 11 teams represented the club in the West Des Moines Premier Games at Cownie Soccer Park.

The Menace Academy’s success was highlighted by a pair of division championships.


The Menace Academy 11U boys (based in Grimes) went 5-0, including a resounding victory over the Iowa Soccer Club (ISC) Earthquakes 1 in the Silver Division final on Sunday. On the way to a 6-1 win to seal the title, the team received a hat trick from Aljan Isakovic and additional goals from Miguel Ranfeld, AJ Angus, and Owen Vasey.

“The team played outstanding soccer and a huge credit also goes to defenders Nathan Scholl, Ethan Asche, Ben Every, and Jack Every (goakeeper),” said head coach Ken Sadler.



Playing in the Gold Division, JR Fernandes’s Menace Academy 13U Red boys team also picked up five tournament wins – including a thrilling 3-2 victory in the championship match. Saul Rodriguez scored the title-clincher with just four minutes left, lifting the Menace past Cedar River Soccer Association (CRSA). Tonatiuh Merlos-Rojas and Freddy Muniz also found the net for the team.

What made the 13U boys’ success even more meaningful was this came in the team’s first tournament since losing a team member. Last month, Derek Cisneros died following a tragic car accident in his hometown, Marshalltown. His teammates have dedicated this season in his honor, and their jerseys are sporting patches with the No. 9 Derek wore for the Menace.

Related link: In Memory of Derek Cisneros (2003-2017)


The weekend also saw a pair of Menace Academy girls teams – both coached by Russ Fortune – advance beyond pool play. The teams lost a pair of nail-biters: 3-2 to the Iowa Rush in the 11U Silver semifinals and 1-0 to Johnston-Urbandale Soccer Club (JUSC) White in the 12U Silver final.


Related link: Tournament schedule and results


Team Members: 11U Boys

  • AJ Angus
  • Ethan Asche
  • Ben Every
  • Jack Every
  • Brogan Fuller
  • Aljan Isakovic
  • Sam Mora
  • Miguel Ranfeld
  • Nathan Scholl
  • Alex Slavin
  • Owen Vasey
  • Head Coach: Ken Sadler
  • Assistant Coach: Tyler Polley
  • Team Manager: Shane Every

Team Members: 13U Boys

  • Joedwin Barboza
  • Xavier Davis
  • Pablo De Avila
  • Haref Diaz
  • Saladin Hodzic
  • Ryan Huang
  • Calvin Jaworski
  • Diego Leon
  • Tonatiuh Merlos-Rojas
  • Freddy Muniz
  • Aidan O’Connor
  • Saul Rodriguez
  • Alexis Soto
  • Brandon Vasquez
  • Head Coach: JR Fernandes
  • Assistant Coaches: David Soto, Joe Areola, and Muriz Hodzic
  • Team Manager: Kevin O’Connor


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