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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Brandon Allen, Pingry trio highlight NJ All-State soccer team

The October issue of ESPNHS magazine hits schools this week, and wouldn't you know that St. Benedict's Prep just took hold of the top spot in our latest POWERADE FAB 50 soccer rankings. Needless to say, the Gray Bees were represented well on this year's All-State soccer team. See who else made the cut in the Garden State:

New Jersey All-State Soccer

Starting 11
[F] Brandon Allen, St. Joseph (Met.), Senior, Red Bulls Academy
Georgetown commit racked up 30 goals and four assists last season

[F] Ismar Tandir, Hackettstown, Junior, Match Fit Chelsea
Recorded 10 goals and two assists in breakout sophomore season

[F] Scott Thomsen, Christian Brothers, Senior, Red Bulls Academy
Expected to have big senior year after missing 2010 with knee injury

[MF] Mael Corboz, Pingry, Senior, NJSA 04
Rutgers pledge had four goals and 14 assists as a junior

[MF] Christiano Francois, St. Benedict's Prep, Senior, PDA
Had 17 goals, including two in state Prep A championship win

[MF] Christian Hernandez, St. Benedict's Prep, Senior, PDA
Named Development Academy’s Under-17/18 Player of the Year

[MF] Michael Ryan, Cherokee, Senior, Marlton SC
Temple commit scored 24 goals in team’s run to Group 4 title game

[D] Spencer Hambleton, St. Benedict's Prep, Junior, PDA
Key cog in a Gray Bees defense that recorded 17 shutouts in 2010

[D] Kieran Kemmerer, Montgomery, Senior, PDA
Aggressive defenseman is a four-year starter for the Cougars

[D] Jameson Lochhead, Ridge, Senior, Match Fit Chelsea
Brown commit is a consistent threat to score from defense

[GK] Thomas Bull, St. Benedict's Prep, Senior, PDA
Amherst commit helped push Gray Bees to 22nd straight state title

Other Top Players
[F] Greg Biggiani, Shawnee, Senior, Marlton Lightning
Talented playmaker can score in bunches

[F] Ethan Decker, Southern, Junior, NJSA 04
Took part in US U-17 Residency Program in 2010

[F] Freddy Elliott, Pingry, Senior, Red Bulls Academy
Columbia recruit scored five goals for Red Bulls Academy this season

[F] Zach Hicks, Christian Brothers, Senior, NJSA 04
Makes Colts an instant contender thanks to his leadership skills

[F] Ross Tetro, Colts Neck, Senior, PDA
Won’t put up huge numbers but makes a big difference on the pitch

[MF] Shane Kronick, Westfield, Junior, Red Bulls Academy
Had four assists during 2010 postseason

[MF] Adam Najem, Paramus Catholic, Senior, Red Bulls Academy
Joined US U-17 Residency Program last year

[D] Diego Ceron, St. Benedict's Prep, Senior, Red Bulls Academy
One of 11 Development Academy players who will start for Gray Bees

[D] Ryan Groffie, Toms River North, Senior, NJSA 04
All-around ability helped Mariners win 10 of last 13 games in 2010

[D] Matt Mayewski, Montgomery, Senior, PDA
Earned team offensive MVP honors as a junior, captain as a senior

[GK] Dylan Key, Pingry, Senior
A Big Blue team loaded with talent will depend on its netminder

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

Brandon Parker covers New Jersey for ESPNHS magazine and Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at