From the Mag: Minnesota’s All-State soccer team

September, 27, 2011
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The Minnesota 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] Mario Aleman, Spring Lake Park, Senior, Minnesota Thunder
Fleet-footed scorer had 12 goals and 24 assists last fall
[F] Ellis Andrews, Wayzata, Senior, Minnesota Thunder
Scored 16 goals in 20 games for Section 6AA finalists
[F] Erick Bloom, Centennial, Senior, Minnesota Thunder
Dynamic scorer led Cougars to 11-4-2 record
[F] Eliot Cassutt, Minneapolis South, Junior, Minneapolis United
One of the nation’s most prolific scorers had 46 goals last year
[MF] R.J. Alowonle, Park, Senior, Minnesota Thunder
Star midfielder also a state champion hurdler during track season
[MF] Grant Bell, Little Falls, Senior, Minnesota Thunder
Led the Flyers with 33 goals and 10 assists last season
[MF] Ryan Ness, Elk River, Senior, None
Earned All-Tournament honors for Elk River last year
[MF] Aaron Stets, Northfield, Senior, None
Midfielder has his team poised for Class AA state tourney
[D] Kevin Krueger, Prior Lake, Senior, Minnesota Thunder
Stout defender led his team to Missota Conference crown
[D] Miles Stockman-Willis, Hill-Murray, Senior, Minnesota Thunder
Versatile player also starred at forward for Hill-Murray
[GK] Grant Larson Wayzata, Junior, Minnesota Thunder
Star keeper allowed just 15 goals, posted 10 shutouts last season

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

[F] Hussein Abdulrazaq, Osseo, Senior, None
Led the Orioles with 10 goals up front last fall
[F] Eddossa Muhammed, Shattuck-St. Mary’s, Junior, Shattuck-St. Mary’s
Young star scored 16 goals for 15/16 squad last season
[F] Paul Wageman, DeLaSalle, Senior, Minneapolis United
Scored 22 goals and added 11 assists for Islanders last fall
[F] Brandon Welter, Mankato East, Senior, Minnesota Thunder
One of Class A’s most feared attackers; he scored 22 goals last year
[MF] Charlie Adams, Stillwater, Senior, None
Named a “Player to Watch” this season by Minneapolis Star-Tribune
[MF] Michael Bajza, Shattuck-St. Mary’s, Junior, Shattuck-St. Mary’s
Former Florida soccer star making a name for himself at Shattuck
[MF] Julian Garcia-Delaney, Humboldt, Senior, None
All-Conference player patrols the center of the pitch
[MF] Adama Keita, Prairie Seeds, Senior, Minnesota Thunder
His stellar play on offense and defense led team to Class A title
[D] Paul Graupner, Benilde-St. Margaret’s, Senior, PSA Crossfire
Staunch defender also a kicker for Benilde’s football team
[D] Garrett Powell, Minn. Southwest, Senior, None
Anchored defense, leading Southwest to Class AA state final
[GK] Will Elfstrum, Jefferson, Senior, Minnesota Thunder
Allowed just 13 goals, posted 14 shutouts last season

Note: The Starting 11 is comprised of the best players in Minnesota 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.

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