Olivares nets two goals in Brentwood's win over Hicksville
All Julio Olivares heard during the game from the Brentwood coaching staff was "Get to the back post." Olivares said he got tired of hearing that command, so he made sure he got to the back post.
Olivares found his way there and it resulted in two second-half goals for the senior midfielder in Brentwood's 3-0 win over Hicksville Saturday in the Long Island Class AA championship/Southeast Regional boys soccer final at Hofstra.
Brentwood (17-3) will play Clarence (Section VI) in the Class AA state semifinals at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Oneonta.
"I got tired of hearing about the back post, so I kept going there," Olivares said. "We have a lot of guys who could score on this team and it just happened to be my turn today."
Olivares scored off a cross from Frank Guzman with 24:59 left in the game to give Brentwood a 2-0 lead. He added another goal with 15:02 left as he kicked the ball just as he was losing his balance.
"We always tell our guys to go to the back post," Brentwood coach Ron Eden said. "I told Julio nine times out of 10 you might not get it, but that one time could be huge. Three minutes later, he scored."
The Indians' first goal came when Andrew Jean-Baptiste took a shot from about 65 yards and it took a high bounce on the turf and went over the head of Hicksville goalkeeper Brian McPartland, who had come out about 20 yards from the goal.
"It wasn't supposed to be a shot," Jean-Baptiste said. "I was trying to get the ball to Joseph Lopez. It took a lucky bounce. I'll take it."
The Indians' defense, led by Marby Velasquez, did a great job limiting the shots of Hicksville's Tyler Arnone and Timothy Parker.
Brentwood came into the season as the top-ranked team in the nation, but three losses made them the fifth seed in the Suffolk playoffs.
"It was tough to lose three games," Velasquez said. "We have a lot of pride and knew we had to bounce back. There was no doubt we would be back here. We knew we had the talent to do it."
Hicksville (13-4-2) limited the chances for Brentwood in a scoreless first half before the Indians took over in the second.
"In the first half, we possessed the ball a lot better," Hicksville coach Jack Fabrizio said. "We had the wind and that helped. They played us well. We had some guys playing through injuries, but Brentwood is a very good team."
Said Eden: "We have so many weapons. We're a hard team to match. Early on in the season, [we] were playing as individuals. Once [we] started sharing the ball, we got better."