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Tuesday, September 27, 2011
From the Mag: Colorado's All-State soccer team

By By Christopher Parish

The Colorado All-State soccer team will be unveiled in our October issue of the magazine. But if you haven't seen it yet, here's who we picked as the top players in the state.

STARTING 11
Position/Name, School, Year, Club Team

[F] Danny Jensen, Evergreen, Junior, Colorado Rush
Star forward notched 23 goals for 4A semifinalists last fall
[F] Oscar Montes, Bear Creek, Junior, Colorado Rush
Talented underclassman earned All-Colorado honors last year
[F] Shane O’Neill, Fairview, Senior, Colorado Rapids
Dangerous scorer is also a star basketball player
[MF] Danny Childs, Sand Creek, Senior, Pride SC
One of the state’s most dynamic scorers; 29 G and 28 A last fall
[MF] Karsten Hanlin, Cherry Creek, Senior, Colorado Rapids
All-Colorado midfielder led Bruins to 5A state crown
[MF] Lexington Leitmayr, ThunderRidge, Senior, Real Colorado
His breakout year helped Grizzlies to 5A semis
[MF] Matt Marchena, Columbine, Senior, Colorado Rush
The unquestioned leader of up-and-coming Rebels squad
[MF] Jake Martinez, Liberty, Senior, Real Colorado
Also made the ESPNHS West Region “Starting 11” team
[D] Mark Dotseth, Air Academy, Senior, Real Colorado
His stellar defense helped Air Academy win Class 4A crown
[D] Chris Gurule, Niwot, Senior, Colorado Rapids
Named Longmont Times-Call Player of the Year last season
[GK] Christian Nicolosi, Mountain Vista, Senior, Colorado Rush
Allowed only five goals in 495 minutes of playing time last season

OTHER TOP PLAYERS
Position/Name, School, Year, Club Team

[F] Jesse Ham, Denver Christian, Senior, Real Colorado
Part of a soccer-playing family; his brother plays at Washington
[F] Akio Ohtake-Gordon, Wheat Ridge, Senior, Colorado Rush
Dangerous up front, as his 21 goals and nine assists can attest
[F] Nathan Rubio, Air Academy, Senior, Pride SC
Knee injury will keep him out this year, but he’s still one of state’s best
[MF] Yasin Abdulgasem, Overland, Junior, Real Colorado
Aurora Sentinel first-teamer owned the middle of the pitch
[MF] Jack Huettel, Boulder, Senior, Boulder County Force
Versatile midfielder is his team’s lone returning starter from last year
[MF] Emmanuel Martinez, Bear Creek, Junior, Colorado Rush
His four-goal game vs. Lakewood showed glimpse of his potential
[MF] Ricardo Perez, Rocky Mountain, Junior, Colorado Rapids
Considered one of the nation’s top midfielders in the Class of 2013
[MF] Dillon Serna, Horizon, Senior, Colorado Rapids
Represented the US in the U-17 World Cup in Mexico
[D] Cole Davis, Cherry Creek, Senior, Colorado Rapids
Anchored defense that gave up only 15 goals last season
[D] Jason Prichard, Eaglecrest, Senior, Colorado Rush
One of only two non-seniors on All-Aurora Sentinel first team
[GK] Ethan Horvath, Arapahoe, Junior, Real Colorado
Has trained with U-17 National Team and various European clubs

Note: The Starting 11 is comprised of the best players in Colordo who were projected to suit up for their high school teams this year. The Other Top Players are comprised of high school players as well as club-only players.