His coach cringed, but it was no big deal to Josh von Allworden. Never one for soccer accessories to begin with, von Allworden forgot his socks, which hold shinguards in place, so he used athletic tape to adhere the shinguards directly to his legs.
"I wasn't one for sleeves or into that stuff," he said. "Let's do whatever works and play."
In the 5A Division I state championship match against Hamilton, the Corona del Sol senior defender taped his cleats to hold them together after a year's worth of use.
He had money to buy new ones.
"It wasn't uncomfortable," he said. "I liked the shoes and it was working for me."
Clearly uninterested in frills, chest thumping, celebrations or new shoes, von Allworden instead became the All-Tribune player of the year because he quietly went to work and became the best defender on the best team in the state.
His 12 goals are a lot for a defender, but the only number that matters is goals allowed (15 for the season), and the 6-foot-4 von Allworden was the biggest reason goalie Matt Bersano was rarely harassed this season.
Those two will be teammates again in two years when the junior Bersano joins von Allworden at Oregon State, along with Mountain Pointe forward Brandon Hansen.
Austin Haas was the vocal guy and Trever Allen has unparalleled skill, but von Allworden had a little of everything.
"If Josh quits screwing around and gets in your face, you probably need to change your attitude," Corona del Sol coach Dan Salas said.
Despite his size, von Allworden was never a good basketball player. Football was fun for six seconds but too much standing around. Volleyball was fun, but club soccer conflicted this spring. Only soccer provided constant involvement outside without timeouts.
This year, however, he began to fill out his tall frame, and "figured out how to play as a dominating 6-foot-4 instead of a 5-8 guy," Salas said.
The four-year starter began to dominate the right side of Corona's defense. His size made it easier to win 50-50 chances and his speed made closing in on forwards easy.
Daniel Van Vleet was a postseason hero for Corona as the Aztecs won their first state title since 1994. Allen was his oft-dominant self, Haas controlled the team and middle of the field, and Bersano came up big four times in the title match.
But the best player all season, naturally, thought nothing of what he'd done.
"I'm just a down-to-earth player, play for the game," he said. "I don't showboat, but do what has to be done. That's it."
All-Tribune first team
Name School Pos. Yr. Comment
Kerel Bradford, Hamilton, F, Sr. -- Tremendous speed and foot skill (18 goals); headed to Indiana.
Jesus Nevarez, Tempe, F, Sr. -- East Sky Player of the year for 4A-II quarterfinalists.
George Malki, Pinnacle, F, Sr. -- Junior national team member arguably most dangerous in state.
Trever Allen, Corona del Sol, F, Sr. -- 13 goals, 16 assists, was unstoppable when he wanted to be.
Robert Renteria, Mesa, MF, Sr. -- All-time school assist leader added 11 goals; headed to CGCC.
Carlos Bustillos, Mountain View, MF, Sr. -- Informally voted most underrated player in Central Region.
Daniel Van Vleet, Corona del Sol, MF, Sr. -- Game-winning goal in championship capped tremendous postseason.
Josh von Allworden, Corona del Sol, D, Sr. -- Best defender on best team; had unmatched speed/size combo.
Michael Markette, Hamilton, D, Jr. -- Highly intense; had 10 goals and 10 assists for 5A-I runner-up.
Kyle Alexander, Fountain Hills, D, Sr. -- 1A/2A/3A Central Region player of year had 30 points at sweeper.
Matt Bersano, Corona del Sol, GK, Sr. -- .588 goals against average included three in four postseason games.
All-Tribune second team
Name School Pos. Yr. Comment
Brandon Hansen, Mountain Pointe, F, Sr. -- Central Region player of year headed to Oregon State.
Jesus Leyva, Chandler, F, Sr. -- Productive in middle without strong supporting cast.
Tanner Clay, Hamilton, F, Sr. -- Size and agility a perfect complement with Bradford up top.
Sadiq Mohamed, Mesquite, F, Sr. -- Skilled with growth potential; a solid 1-2 punch with Mac Merchant.
Jordan Hartman, Cactus Shadows, MF, Sr. -- 4A Desert Sky player of the year.
Tommy Ramos, Pinnacle, MF, Sr. -- 21 goals, 13 assists included championship game-winner against Carl Hayden.
Storm Lilly, Gilbert, MF, Sr. -- Gilbert's top scoring threat with 14 goals, 4 assists for solid squad.
Tyler Conklin, Desert Mountain, MF, Sr. -- Overshadowed by Pinnacle kids but leader of 5A-II quarterfinalists.
Austin Haas, Corona del Sol, D, Sr. -- 10 goals, 10 assists for Aztecs' vocal leader.
Jamie Lara, Mesa, D, Sr. -- Leader in back at sweeper headed to CGCC.
Ricardo Lopez, Hamilton, D, Sr. -- Calming influence opposite Markette's fiery nature.
J.J. Meier, Gilbert, GK, Sr. -- 7 shutouts and 1.05 GAA; three goals and two assists.
Player of the Year: Josh von Allworden, Corona del Sol
Coach of the Year: Mike Tsorin (Coronado): Regrouped Dons into 4A-II semifinals and within one penalty kick of championship match without best player in Salvador Gutierez for playoffs (injury).
Arcadia: Harry Norem, Sr., MF;
Basha: Ryan Duran, Sr., GK; Erik Varas, Sr., F;
Brophy: Brian Hines, Sr., F; Patrick Poblete, Sr., GK; Graham Smith, Sr., MF;
Cactus Shadows: Jordan Brock; Justin Folts; Ethan Pikoff; Donovan Rico;
Chandler: Joseph Clemente, Jr., F;
Chaparral: Chip Cox, Sr., GK; Lawrence Matiski, Sr., D; Carter Owen, Sr., MF;
Corona del Sol: Casey Phillips, Jr., MF; Chris Murray, Sr., D;
Coronado: Salvador Gutierez Sr., F; Tony Sanchez, Sr., D;
Desert Ridge: Daniel Berzins, Jr., MF; Alex LaPose, Sr., F; Brett Wegleitner, Sr., F;
Desert Vista: Bryan Piotrowski, Jr., F;
Dobson: Michael Schellenbaum, Jr., MF;
Fountain Hills: Ty Blunt, So., MF; Alec Luyendyk, So., F
Gilbert: James Carver, Jr., D; Brandon Christie, Jr., MF;
Hamilton: Ryan Holt, Jr., D; J.D. Zehring, Sr., GK;
Highland: Kyle Jarvis, Jr., MF; Ari Sanchez, Jr., MF;
Marcos de Niza: Eric Rodriguez, Sr., F;
McClintock: Ricky Astrain, Jr., F; Edgar Vazquez, Sr., MF;
Mesa: Oswaldo Celis, Sr., MF;
Mesquite: Adam Rodriguez, Jr., MF;
Mountain Pointe: Ricardo Ardon, Sr., F; Kevin Kadisak, Jr., GK; Ryan Leach, Jr., D; Taylor Haugh, Sr., D; Tejas Narkhede, So., MF;
Mountain View: Josue Henriquez, Sr., F;
Notre Dame: Tommy Hebert, Sr., GK; Brendan O'Brien, Sr., D; Dean Stevens, So., F;
Perry: Chris Aguirre, Jr., MF; Nick Miller, Jr., D; Andrew Sikorsky, Jr., D;
Queen Creek: Adrian Coronado, So., MF; Josh Cubas, Sr., MF; David Gomez, Jr., F;
Saguaro: Luke Chesworth, Jr., MF;
Scottsdale Christian: Jenson Cruse, Sr., F; Sean McDowell, Jr, MF; Ryan Tiffany, Jr., MF;
Seton Catholic: Pierce Galon, So., F;
Tempe: Ken Flores, Sr., D; Christopher Valentin, Jr., GK;
Valley Christian: David McClure, Sr., MF; Daniel Nowtash, So., MF; Connor Schromm, Jr., MF;
Williams Field: Luis Cortes, Sr., MF; Luciano Herrera, Jr., F