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Teammates make EA Sports All-America squad

Updated: January 14, 2010, 1:02 AM ET
By Sheldon Shealer | ESPNRISE.com

A pair of high school teammates headline this year's EA SPORTS Girls Soccer All-America Team.

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Russ Perry\SNAP-Pros.comFoothill has two players on this year's EA Sports All-American team.

Carlee Payne and Olivia Klei, members of the same Foothill High team (Pleasanton, Calif.) become the first high school teammates named to the EA SPORTS All-America Girls Soccer Team in the same season.

The 15-player All-America list includes players from 11 states. Texas leads the way with three All-America selections followed by California and Ohio with two apiece.

The EA SPORTS All-America Girls Soccer team was selected by the ESPNRISE.com staff. Athletes must have represented their high school teams and made the ESPNRISE.com seasonal All-America teams in order to be considered.

EA SPORTS, the leading interactive software brand and creators of such popular games as Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2010, FIFA Soccer and Madden NFL Football, teams up with ESPN RISE to honor high school boys and girls athletes in numerous sports.

Previous EA SPORTS All-Americans during the 2008-09 school year have been honored in the sports of football, girls golf, boys basketball and girls basketball. Still to come within the next month are the EA SPORTS All-American honors for baseball and softball. The EA SPORTS All-Americans in boys golf and boys soccer also are being released this week.

Klei played for the bronze-medal winning U.S. under-17 national team, and returned from the World Championships to play for her high school squad. Meanwhile, Payne turned in a school-record-setting season and earned local Player of the Year honors. Both are headed to NCAA Division I programs in the fall.

Position, Name, School (City, State), Grade, College signing/commitment
Forward: Elizabeth Burchenal, St. Ursula (Cincinnati), Jr., North Carolina
F: Kealia Ohai, Alta (Sandy, Utah), Jr., North Carolina
F: Morgan Marlborough, Lee's Summit North (Lee's Summit. Mo.), Sr., Nebraska
F: Carlee Payne, Foothill (Pleasanton, Calif.), Sr., Brigham Young University
Midfielder: Leah Fortune, Wheaton Academy (West Chicago, Ill.), Sr., Texas
MF: Alina Garciamendez, Ursuline Academy (Dallas), Sr., Stanford
MF: Danielle Hubka, Strongsville (Ohio), Sr., Maryland
MF: Kendall Johnson, Lincoln (Portland, Ore.), Sr., Portland
MF: Kaitlyn Kerr, Pennington School (Pennington, N.J.), Jr., Duke
MF: Holly King, Broad Run (Ashburn, Va.), Sr., Florida
MF: Olivia Klei, Foothill (Pleasanton, Calif.), Sr., Santa Clara
MF: Chioma Ubogagu, Coppell (Texas), So.
Defender: Kim DeCesare, Massapequa (N.Y.), Sr., Duke
D: Jazmin Hall, Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas), Sr., Notre Dame
Goalkeeper: Kelsey Wys, Douglas (Parkland, Fla.), Sr., Florida State

Player capsules

Elizabeth Burchenal, St. Ursula (Cincinnati): Burchenal scored 33 goals this past season, and her final one delivered St. Ursula a second straight state title. Burchenal was a first-team Ohio coaches All-State selection. The junior has committed to national college soccer power North Carolina.

Kealia Ohai, Alta (Sandy, Utah): Ohai scored a Class 5A-best 36 goals in 20 matches, leading Alta to its third straight state title. The junior is considered the nation's top Class of 2010 prospect and has committed to North Carolina.

Morgan Marlborough, Lee's Summit North (Lee's Summit, Mo.): Marlborough was the nation's leading scorer this year, ending with 65 goals to increase her state-record-setting total to 229, good enough to place among the top 10 all-time goal scorers. Marlborough, bound for the University of Nebraska, led her high school team to a state runner-up finish.

Carlee Payne, Foothill (Pleasanton, Calif.): On a team loaded with stars, Carlee Payne stood above the rest. She was named the Contra Costa Times' player of the year after a 25-goal, 13-assist season in one of the nation's most demanding conferences  the East Bay Athletic League. Nine of her teammates signed for college scholarships, eight of them to NCAA Division I programs. Payne has signed with Brigham Young University.

Leah Fortune, Wheaton Academy (West Chicago, Ill.): Fortune, a member of the Brazilian under-20 national team, led Wheaton Academy to a state title after scoring 29 goals and adding 12 assists in 22 matches this past spring. The University of Texas signee guided Wheaton Academy to a 16-0-1 run to end its season after returning from a training camp in Brazil.

Alina Garciamendez, Ursuline Academy (Dallas): Garciamendez was named the Dallas Morning News' player of the year after guiding Ursuline to its 19th straight Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Division I state title. Her numbers were modest, eight goals and 12 assists, but her impact was immeasurable. She was the three-time district player of the year. The Stanford signee played for Mexico in the under-20 World Cup this past fall.

Danielle Hubka, Strongsville (Ohio): Hubka ended her season season with 26 goals and 20 assists and was named the Ohio Division I Player of the Year and Cleveland Plain Dealer's player of the year. Hubka is an under-18 national team pool player. She has signed with Maryland.

Kendall Johnson, Lincoln (Portland, Ore.): The two-time Oregon Class 6A Player of the Tear led Lincoln to an undefeated season, a state title and a No. 4 ESPN RISE FAB 50 final ranking. She has signed with the University of Portland.

Kaitlyn Kerr, Pennington School (Pennington, N.J.): When Pennington's Amber Brooks left the team to join the under-17 squad in its bid for the world championship, Kerr stepped right in to lead Pennington to an undefeated season and an ESPN RISE FAB 50 No. 1 ranking. Kerr had 19 goals and 15 assists. Although a junior, Kerr has committed to Duke.

Holly King, Broad Run (Ashburn, Va.): King guided Broad Run to back-to-back state titles and ended her career with a 48-match undefeated streak, the longest active girls' soccer streak in the country. The University of Florida signee scored more than 50 goals in her high school career and was named The Washington Post's All-Metro Player of the Year.

Olivia Klei, Foothill (Pleasanton, Calif.): Klei played the true setup role for national power Foothill this season. The Santa Clara signee played for the U.S. under-17 national team during the world championships this past fall. She rejoined her high school team and helped the squad to a 21-1 record and a national top-10 finish.

Chioma Ubogagu, Coppell (Texas): Ubogagu is making a strong case for being the nation's No. 1 Class of 2011 prospect. This U.S. under-17 national team member scored 21 goals and had 11 assists while helping Coppell win the Texas 5A state title. Ubogagu is the only ESPN RISE first-team All-America pick who is a member of the U.S. under-18 national pool.

Kim DeCesare, Massapequa (N.Y.): DeCesare started the year as a defender before moving to midfielder. She ended with 16 goals and six assists for a FAB 50-ranked team. The Duke-bound senior was Newsday's Long Island player of the year.

Jazmin Hall, Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas): Defender, midfielder, attack  it didn't matter, Hall played all those positions. The Notre Dame signee played what coach Kevin Albury said was a "utility" position. She had 15 goals and 13 assists.

Kelsey Wys, Douglas (Parkland, Fla.): The Florida State signee tied a state record with 22 shutouts this season, which is the most in the country this year. Wys helped Douglas to the 6A state final, where it lost to FAB 50 winter No. 1 Melbourne (Fla.). Wys was the South Florida Sun Sentinel 6A-5A player of the year.