By Sal Cacciatore
After a perfect season culminated in a state championship, Brentwood boys soccer can now take its place as the best public school team in the nation.
The 22-0 Indians topped all public schools in the final USA Today Super 25 rankings, marking the second time the program has earned this honor. Brentwood finished third overall, behind private school powerhouses Saint Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio) and St. Benedictâ€™s Prep (Newark, New Jersey).
â€śIt says a lot to get up there with the names on the list,â€ť coach Ron Eden said. â€śIt shows the strength and consistency of the program.â€ť
Brentwood previously finished first in the nation, regardless of public or private affiliation, in 2008.
This season, they also topped all public schools nationally in the SIMA Fab 50 rankings.
Brentwood won its fourth state title earlier this month after defeating Fairport, 4-0. All 40 players saw playing time in the final, where Alex Garcia, Juan Gomez, Sergio Ventura and Brandon Yanez scored.
Garcia was a standout on the Indians backline all season, and also scored the decisive penalty kick in the teamâ€™s Suffolk County final victory over Commack. From there, the Indians defeated Massapequa in the Long Island championship and Ossining in the state semifinals.