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Brentwood boys soccer wins League I title
With goals from six different players Wednesday afternoon, Brentwood defeated Floyd, 6-0, to capture the League I title in the last game of the regular season.
It’s Brentwood’s eighth League I title since 2003, but "this one in particular was really special because we were so young and we didn't know if we had enough," longtime coach Ron Eden said.
Having a talented young team has its benefits heading into next year as Brentwood will likely return 27 players, including eight starters. Yet this year, the Indians (10-2) have had to learn how to win despite being an inexperienced team compared to last year’s group, which lost only once. The loss came in the state final.
Eden added that winning the league title has been almost as hard as winning a county championship because of the level of competition. With a 9-2-1 record Commack finished second in League I, ahead of Ward Melville (8-4). The Suffolk Class AA playoff seeding is expected to be announced Thursday.
Though Brentwood, like other teams, was beset by injuries early in the season, junior Ever Torres managed to lead the league in goals with 16.
When speaking of Torres, Eden simply says, "Ever is Ever. Sixteen goals is incredible when you're marked as tightly as he’s been."
Jefferson Podilla, a small but "cerebral" sophomore, as Eden likes to put it, had five goals this season and is one of Torres’ favorite running mates.
"He was missed for a couple of games early in the year, but he's going to be a huge part of this team," Torres said recently.
Richard Amaya, one of the few seniors on the team, suffered a torn ligament and missed the majority of the season, Eden said. Heading into the playoffs, Amaya is expected to produce offensively as "the third piece of the puzzle."
Behind the stellar defensive play of Alejandro Ruiz and goalkeeper Jose Cerna, Brentwood’s defense recorded 11 shutouts.
Torres said defense and learning from mistakes made earlier in the year will be key for Brentwood as it tries to win its sixth straight Class AA county championship.
"The inexperience may be our Achilles' heel at some point," Eden said. "We had a couple of blips on the radar but we'll come out strong in the playoffs."