Diaz lifts Brentwood to Suffolk 'AA' title in OT
Ron Eden has been going to practice for three months and has never run into Kevin Diaz before practice. This afternoon Eden saw Diaz walking with his full soccer uniform and asked him where he was going.
Diaz said he was on his way to get a ride to Brentwood before the Suffolk Class AA finals. Eden gave him a ride and told him since he took a ride in his car, Diaz had to score the winner today against Half Hollow Hills East.
Diaz delivered. Sophomore Ever Torres fed a perfect through ball to Diaz and he scored 1:03 into overtime to lift top-seeded Brentwood over No. 11 Half Hollow Hills East, 2-1, in the Suffolk Class AA boys soccer finals at Dowling.
“He came over after he scored and said 'Coach, I gave it to you,’” Eden said.
Torres was dealing with a sore hamstring and quad and playing for the fourth time in as many days didn’t help. But it certainly didn’t show.
“I made the run and saw the ball,” Diaz said. “It was a perfect pass by Ever.”
Said Torres: “It was really tough especially since I am injured. I keep playing through it. I saw him running and sent him the through ball. That’s the best pass I ever had. It’s an amazing feeling.”
Jonathan Interiano scored on a header off an assist from Eric Molina in the third minute to give Brentwood a 1-0 lead. Tyler Kirschner tied the score at 1 in the 34th minute for HHHE (14-4).
“I cannot say enough about this team,” Eden said. “No other team that I have had in Brentwood history can do what this team did to play four games in a row.”
Brentwood (20-0), which is ranked No. 2 in the country in the NSCAA poll, won its fifth consecutive county title and eighth in 10 seasons. Brentwood will play Syosset in the Long Island Class AA championship at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at Dowling.
“It’s tough,” goalkeeper Raul Bonilla said. “Everyone is tired. Our legs are shot.”
The Indians allowed just their sixth goal of the season. Raul Bonilla made four saves and came up big when Hills East controled play for a stretch. Hills East keeper Will Slattery made some big saves to keep his team in the game. He made 10 saves.
“It’s beyond tough,” Eden said of the four games in four days. “I am shot and I didn’t even play a minute. I have two pulled hamstrings and I don’t know what it is from. I feel like I have been run over by a car. It’s an emotional roller coaster every day. Give some credit to Hills East. Both teams were banged up and it was a great final. If I had to end my career today, this would be the team I end it with.”
Said Torres: “This is about Brentwood pride. We’re tired, but we wanted this.”