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Tuesday, September 27, 2011
From the Mag: Michigan’s All-State soccer team

By By Christopher Parish

The Michigan 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] Jeff Adkins, Utica, Senior, Vardar Academy
Butler pledge scored 26 goals and added 12 assists last year
[F] Chase Jabbori, Novi, Senior, Vardar Academy
Scored 17 goals for 20-5 Novi team last season
[F] Michael Leone, De La Salle, Junior, Vardar Academy
Tallied 14 goals and seven assists; led Pilots to Catholic League title
[F] Jason Stacy, Forest Hills Central, Senior, Grand Rapids Juniors
The most dangerous scorer on one of the nation’s top teams
[MF] Sean Conerty, Forest Hills Central, Senior, Grand Rapids Juniors
Led club team to a national championship this summer
[MF] Jerome Cristobal, Sterling Heights Stevenson, Senior, Derby County Wolves
Michigan State recruit scored 17 goals on 127 shots last fall
[MF] Matthew Habrowski, Brother Rice, Junior, Derby County Wolves
Former state champ played with U-17 team in France this summer
[MF] Nathan Rose, Grand Haven, Senior, Grand Rapids Juniors
Oakland University pledge plays on national title-winning club team
[D] Zach Carroll, Grand Blanc, Senior, Vardar Academy
Named the Lansing State Journal Player of the Year last season
[D] Connor Furgason, Plymouth Canton, Senior, Derby County Wolves
Western Michigan recruit led Canton to the D-1 state semifinals
[GK] Matt Smolinski, Troy, Junior, Vardar Academy
Posted 27 shutouts in his first two seasons of play entering this year

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

[F] Tyler Jugon, Clawson, Junior, Vardar Academy
Star striker tallied 20 goals, 25 assists last season
[F] Yamann Sahlool, Grand Blanc, Junior, Derby County Wolves
Led talented Grand Blanc team in scoring last season
[F] Joey Serra, Utica Eisenhower, Senior, Waza FC
Showed a knack for scoring and passing with 12 goals, 21 assists
[MF] Tariq Akeel, Detroit Country Day, Senior, Vardar Academy
He’s been the Yellowjackets’ most consistent scorer for three years
[MF] Bobby Budlong, Plymouth Canton, Junior, Derby County Wolves
Out for the season (knee) but still one of the state’s best players
[MF] Dylan Knott, Rochester Adams, Senior, Michigan Wolves
Led the Highlanders in assists last season
[MF] Miguel Polley, Home-Schooled, Junior, Derby County Wolves
Dynamic midfield talent plays in US Soccer Residency Program
[MF] Caleb Postelwaite, Forest Hills Central, Senior, Grand Rapids Juniors
Butler recruit a dominant force in the middle of the pitch
[MF] Greg Timmer, Unity Christian, Senior, Grand Rapids Juniors
Pivotal contributor on club team’s march to national title
[D] Phillip Soong, Novi, Senior, Vardar Academy
At 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, he’s one of the state’s most physical players
[GK] Drew Shepherd, Huron, Junior, Michigan Wolves
Named one of the state’s top goalies by Michigan Soccer News

Note: The Starting 11 is comprised of the best players in Michigan who are 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.