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West and Barrientos lead East Hampton to Class A crown
The pressure of the big game certainly doesn’t intimidate Nick West at all. The East Hampton sophomore added to his postseason resume with two goals this afternoon and he did while playing with a strained tendon in his left knee.
West and JC Barrientos, who assisted on both goals, helped lead No. 2 East Hampton to a 2-1 win over No. 4 Glenn in the Suffolk Class A finals/Southeast Regional boys soccer semifinals at Dowling.
East Hampton (13-3-3) will play the winner of South Side-Jericho at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the LIC finals at Dowling Sports Complex. The Bonackers won their second consecutive county title and did it was just four seniors. Glenn finished 12-3-4.
West, who has 12 goals, was moved to forward in the semifinals with East Hampton trailing 2-1 and scored two goals. He started at forward yesterday and delivered again.
One minute after East Hampton goalkeeper Nick Tulp made a save on a breakaway, West scored off a Barrientos feed in the 64th minute.
“I saw JC get behind the last defender,” West said. “I decided to run near post and JC slotted it perfectly.”
Said Barrientos: “Nick is on fire. I have played with him since I was 7. That chemistry helps a lot.”
While West was in the right place, Barrientos helped set things up.
“JC was all over the field and dictated the whole rhythm,” East Hampton coach Rich King said. “He was winning the balls in air and distributing. He’s invaluable.”
West gave much of the credit to Barrientos.
“He’s a phenomenal player,” West said He’s always on the ball and has one of the bets touches. When he has the ball I am so confident.”
West scored off a pass from Barrientos in the seventh minute to give East Hampton a 1-0 lead. Glenn tied the score at 1 with 16:28 left in the first half on a goal by Christian Molina.
“Glenn battled back as they always do,” King said. “We dropped our pace. The best thing that happened was halftime. We were relentlessly attacking. That’s our style. It’s phenomenal. We’re not satisfied. We lost in the Long Island championship last season and it left a sour taste in our mouths.”