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Posted: Thursday, April 2, 2009 3:23 pm | Updated: 2:19 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Austin Fares has always been a soccer nut.

When his friends come over, they beg to watch something other than the English Premier League highlights on television, but he rarely budges.

When the Mesa Red Mountain senior was younger, he wouldn't go to the park for a basketball game, he'd go to Hermosa Elementary School and take shots on big sister Nicole.

"She was a goalie, and I was a forward," Fare said. "It worked out well."

His passion for the sport never waned, and it has paid dividends.

Fares is the Tribune's Boys Soccer Player of the Year after scoring 25 goals this season and leading Mesa Red Mountain to the 5A-I title game, where it lost 1-0 to Gilbert Highland.

The final match stung, but the run is something he will remember fondly.

"We were definitely proud of how far we got," Fares said.

Fares played several different sports as a kid, but gravitated to soccer. It's something his three siblings enjoy as well, and a day at the soccer field became a common event.

Fares has a natural gift for it, and would love to turn that into a post-collegiate career. If not, he has a nice backup plan.

Fares is headed to Point Loma Nazarene College in San Diego, where he will major in biochemistry. He has a 4.4 grade-point average and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Between year-round soccer and hitting the books, Fares doesn't have a ton of leisure time.

So when he does, the requests from his friends to change the channel usually fall on deaf ears.

"The goal highlights are the best; they just don't see how it's interesting, but I like it," Fares said.

ALL-TRIBUNE BOYS SOCCER

First team

Athlete                             School                  Pos.    Yr.    COMMENT

Austin Fares                    Red Mountain      F                   25 goals for 5A-I runner-ups

Nick Ayers                        Brophy                   F                  26 goals, 13 assists for Broncos

Alan Puga                        Highland               F                   Scored lone goal in 5A-I title match

Trever Allen                     Corona del Sol     F                   14 goals, 14 assists for Central Region offensive player of year

Robert Solomonson    Mesa                       MF               13 goals, many on headers

James Cohn                 Brophy                    MF      Sr.    All-Arizona coaches selection

Brandon Hansen         Mountain Pointe    MF      Sr.    All-Arizona coaches pick

Jorge Figeuroa             Coronado               D        Sr.    East Sky Region player of the year

Rayce Lawrence          Red Mountain         D       Sr.    Best defender of a stingy group

Brett Dirvonis                Highland                 D        Sr.    Fiesta Region defensive player of the year

Michael Smith               Red Mountain        GK      Sr.    Allowed one goal in state tournament

Second team

Athlete                         School                           Pos.    Yr.    COMMENT

Mark Sekelsky            Scottsdale Christian    F          Sr.    21 goals, 5 assists this season

A.J. Goshinka             Highland                        F          Sr.    19 goals, 15 assists for state titlists

Yuri Ribeiro                 McClintock                     F          Sr.    Desert Sky Region player of the year

Graham Crawley        Chaparral                     MF                 Led young team to championship match

Kerel Bradford            Hamilton                       MF       Jr.    Steady influence in the middle for Huskies

Johnny Humphrey      Valley Christian           MF      Sr.    Led Trojans to title match

Michael Faust              Gilbert                           D         Sr.    Held Tigers’ defense together

Cesar Mendivil            Chandler                       D        Sr.    All-Arizona coaches selection

Josh VanAllworden    Corona del Sol             D        Sr.    Top defender, added six goals and four assists

Jaime Lara                   Mesa                             D         Jr.    Heart of defense, and ace penalty kicker

Matt Bersano                Corona del Sol           GK       So.    Despite youth, one of best goalies in state

Player of the Year: Austin Fares, Red Mountain

Coach of the Year: Tim Barmettler, Highland: Retired in style with 5A-I title.

Honorable mention

Basha: Connor Burke, Sr., D; Bryce Delizo, Jr., MF; Monty Riggs, Sr., F. Brophy: Graham Smith, Jr. D; Ben Anderson, Jr., D; Lucas Mazier, Sr., D; Derek Taddie, Sr., D; Quentin Grigsby, Sr., MF. Chaparral: Matthew Matiski, D, Fr.; Douglas Jamison, MF, F. Corona del Sol: Derek Rusher, Jr., MF; Matt Widjaja, Sr., F; Brian Hoyt, So., MF. Coronado: Nicolas Nava, Sr, MF; Jair Rebollar, Sr, MF. Chandler: Ryan Helzer, Sr., GK; Heber Mena, Sr., MF. Desert Vista: Aaron Brandt, Sr., MF;  Dobson: Chris Trevyllian, Sr., D.; Derek Freeman, Sr., F. Gilbert: Storm Lilly, Jr. F; Jordan Meier, Jr. GK. Hamilton: Daouda Cisse, Sr., F; Tanner Clay, So., D. Highland: Josh Zaun, Sr., MF. McClintock: Xavier Carrillo, Sr., MF. Mesa:; Frank Brzeczek, Jr., D; Antonio Lara, Sr., GK. Mesquite: Sadiq Mohamed, Jr., F. Mountain Pointe: Ryan Leach, So., D; Brandon Hanson, Jr., MF; Ricky Jamison, Sr., MF. Mountain View: Zach Droll, Jr., D; Ben Killpack, Sr., F; Carlos Bustillos, Jr., MF. Perry: Nick Miller, So., F.; Zach Morrison, Jr, MF; Ricky Cuevas, So., GK. Queen Creek: Adrian Coronado, Fr., MF; Ricardo Lopez, So., MF. Red Mountain: Zach Place, Sr., F; Justin Drappo, Sr., D. Saguaro: Chris Defeyter, So., MF. Scottsdale Christian: Sean McDowell, So., MF. Seton Catholic: Tim Molloy, Sr., MF. Tempe: Patricio Quijano, Sr., D. Williams Field: Saif Savaya, Jr., MF.

Memorable moments:

State tournament scheduling has become a controversial topic at the 1A/2A/3A level, mostly because of the long distances non-metro Phoenix schools must commute into town with a one-day turnaround between the semifinals and championship. But a significantly easier commute couldn’t help Chandler Valley Christian, which lost with 10 seconds remaining in double-overtime to Wellton Antelope in the championship match. Daniel Nowtash had a second-half goal taken away on a hand-ball ruling. The ninth-seeded Antelope wound up defeating the No. 1, 2, 5 and 8 seeds to win the title.

Coach Tim Barmettler made the decision to retire following this season, and left with quite the parting gift. His Gilbert Highland boys team defeated Mesa Red Mountain 1-0 in the state championship for a dream ending. It was the second title in three years for Highland.

Tempe Corona del Sol went into the 5A-I state tournament undefeated in the 12 contests which counted toward power points. No. 16 Chandler, though, wasn’t impressed, knocking off the top-seeded Aztecs 2-1 in penalty kicks in the opening round. The Wolves were beaten in the quarterfinals by Phoenix Brophy, but the upset validated the sentiment that it would be a wide-open race to the title.

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