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Kevin Diaz leads Brentwood boys into soccer final

Brentwood's Jonathan Interiano, left, celebrates his goal with

Brentwood's Jonathan Interiano, left, celebrates his goal with teammate Ever Torres. (Nov. 17, 2012) Credit: Adrian Kraus

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- On a team loaded with talent, some players can get lost in the background as the upper-echelon players get the spotlight. Kevin Diaz and Eric Molina are making sure people take notice of them in the playoffs for Brentwood, especially with some of the Indians' top players fighting through injuries.

Diaz had one goal and one assist and Molina had the winning assist for the second consecutive game for Brentwood in a 3-0 win over Webster Schroeder Saturday in a state Class AA boys soccer semifinals at Middletown high school.

Brentwood (22-0), which is ranked No. 2 in the country by the NSCAA, will play Arlington (21-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday in the final as the Indians go for a perfect season and their second state title in three seasons.

Diaz has scored four goals in six postseason games, including the winner in overtime of a 2-1 win over Half Hollow Hills East in the Suffolk Class AA final. Molina set up the first goal of the game with a great cross to Diaz, who headed the ball into the goal with 26:57 left in the second half.

"I intercepted it from the other team and passed it to Eric," Diaz said. "It was an amazing pass from Eric. You can't put it in a better spot."

To make it better, it came on Molina's 17th birthday.

"I saw the open space and I went in," Molina said. "I saw Diaz wide open and crossed it. This is the best birthday I ever had in my life."

Brentwood's Ever Torres was questionable to play in the game. The sophomore standout injured his ankle in the Long Island championship game on Wednesday. He also is battling a groin and quad injury and playing for the sixth time in nine days didn't help.

Torres scored his 19th goal off a pass from Diaz with 12:22 left in the game to put the Indians ahead 2-0. "I am hurting," Torres said, "but it is Brentwood pride. It's just one more game I need to get through."

John Interiano, who missed the final 15 minutes of the first half with shin splints, returned for the second half and sealed it with a goal off an assist from Kevin Alfaro with 7:31 left.

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