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Fender, McCauley lead ESPNHS Starting 11 soccer squad

For the October issue of the ESPNHS Georgia edition, we teamed up with our resident soccer expert Sheldon Shealer to identify the top 22 soccer players in the state. The mags hit schools this week but if you haven't received your copy yet, here’s a look at the Starting 11 and an additional 11 elite players starring on the pitch for the upcoming spring season. To get your fill of high school soccer info, check out the ESPNHS soccer homepage.

The Starting 11

[F] Adrian Alabi, Brookwood, Senior, Concorde Fire

Stanford recruit recorded 22 points as a junior

[F] Andy Anglade, Alpharetta, Senior, Concorde Fire

ESPNHS Watch List member will play at Clemson

[F] Nicolas Rittmeyer, Savannah Country Day, Senior, South Carolina United

Was named an ESPNHS All-American second-teamer last spring

[MF] Derek Creviston, Milton, Senior, Concorde Fire

Looks to help the Eagles bounce back from first-round upset in ‘11

[MF] Jordan Duru, Hillgrove, Senior, Concorde Fire

Older brother Victor is an emerging star at Dayton

[MF] Preston Gayton, Starr’s Mill, Senior, Concorde Fire

Clemson recruit can score with the area’s best

[MF] Nyambi Jabang, Marietta, Senior, Cobb FC

Will join a strong contingent of former Georgia prep stars at UNC

[D] Holden Fender, Walton, Senior, Concorde Fire

ESPNHS Spring All-American as a junior; UCLA commit

[D] Matt Moses, Aquinas, Senior, Concorde Fire

Netted 24 goals and added eight assists last season

[D] Reed Norton, Greenbrier, Senior, Concorde Fire

Member of the U.S. Under-17 Men’s Soccer National Team

[GK] Alex McCauley, Walton, Senior, Concorde Fire

Walton’s defense is impenetrable with duo of Fender and McCauley

Other Top Players

[F] Tyler Alexander, St. Pius X, Junior, Concorde Fire

Tallied 18 goals for three-time defending state champs

[F] Myles Englis, Darlington, Senior, Cobb FC

Trained with West Ham United during offseason

[F] Alex Kowalski, St. Pius X, Senior, Concorde Fire

Scored 11 goals for Class AAAAA champs and nation’s No. 1 team

[F] Emmanuel Raji, Collins Hill, Senior, Norcross Fury

His 21 goals and nine assists fueled Eagles’ run to state finals

[MF] Shaban Abousaud, Lassiter, Junior, Concorde Fire

Made huge strides as a soph to help the Trojans reach state semis

[MF] Brandon Barbero, Lassiter, Senior, NASA Elite

Helped Broncos score a school-record 105 goals last spring

[MF] Eli Carrasco, Collins Hill, Senior, Georgia United

Booted 11 goals as a sophomore

[MF] Jose Garcia, Woodward Academy, Senior, Concorde Fire

Earned ESPNHS Spring All-Star honors as a junior

[D] Jacob Greifer, Norcross, Senior, Alpharetta Ambush

Shutdown defender is an ESPNHS Watch List selection

[D] Westin Landon, McIntosh, Senior, Concorde Fire

Instrumental in the Chiefs reaching three straight Class AAAA finals

[GK] Vaughn Moore, Marist, Senior, Concorde Fire

Helped War Eagles record 11 shutouts last spring

Note: The Starting 11 is comprised of the best players in Georgia who are projected to suit up for their high school teams this year. The Other Top Players are 11 more athletes who will either suit up for their high school team or play club ball exclusively.

David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.