One of Carlos Menjivar's best attributes is his scoring prowess. Add team player to that list.
Menjivar, a natural forward, moved to midfield this season because Brentwood is loaded at forward. So far, so good.
Menjivar had two assists, setting up goals by Ever Torres and Eric Molina for host Brentwood in a 2-0 win over Ward Melville Tuesday in a Suffolk League I boys soccer game.
"I don't really care where I play," Menjivar said. "Wherever they play me, I am going to work hard and get everything done. I am getting used to it."
Sure seems that way. In three games, Menjivar has one goal and four assists.
"He's really sacrificing what he does well," Brentwood coach Ron Eden said. "He's a great goal scorer. For him to do what he's doing and chasing guys back and forth is a new role for him."
A primary reason for the shift was so that Torres, a freshman, could play forward. Eden was concerned how Torres would handle the physical nature of playing on varsity and he faced a big test against the Patriots (2-1, 0-1), who beat powerhouse St. Anthony's on Saturday.
"It's nice to see a ninth-grader step up and play at this level," Eden said. "He's hard to mark and he's very elusive. He has a great engine."
Torres scored on a header 2:41 into the second half and Molina added a goal with 20 minutes left. Brentwood (3-0, 1-0), ranked No. 6 nationally in the NSCAA rankings, has won three straight Suffolk Class AA county titles and is the defending state champions. It starts seven juniors and a freshman, but many have varsity experience.
One of three senior starters is defender Christian Argueta, who mainly marked Steven Nworjih, who had four goals in his first two games. "I didn't dive in and stayed with him," Argueta said. "We weren't good in the first half, but we showed what Brentwood is about in the second half."
Ward Melville coach Jon Stecker was disappointed after the Patriots were coming off what he deemed one of the biggest wins in program history.
"I thought it was the worst game we played," he said. "Brentwood wanted it more and outplayed us. Right off the bat, they're getting a taste of what happens when you don't come to play."