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Defenders earn top honors

Updated: October 26, 2009, 5:35 PM ET
By Sheldon Shealer | ESPNRISE.com

Minnesota is getting defensive about soccer.

In fact, three of its four coaches-selected players of the year, dubbed Mr. and Miss Soccer in each classification, play defending roles.

Florida State commit Kassey Kallman who has helped Woodbury (Minn.) to a 19-0-1 season and a FAB 50 No. 1 ranking was named Class AA Miss Soccer. Goalkeeper Maddie Jobe of Benilde-St. Margaret's (St. Louis Park, Minn.) earned the honors for Class A.

In boys' soccer, Bijan Jibari, a defender ...

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