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Brandon Allen, Pingry trio highlight NJ All-State soccer team

10/11/2011

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 ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.