Richmond HS Boys Soccer Advances in NorCal Tournament
The Richmond High School boys soccer team continued its march through a historic postseason for the tradition rich program.
The Oilers' Nole Cordova scored off an assist from Roberto Gonzalez with five minutes left in the game to break a 1-1 tie and give host Richmond (14-2-9) a 2-1 win over Antelope in the first round of inaugural California Interscholastic Federation Northern California Soccer Division II Championship Tournament.
Senior Santos Argueta opened the scoring for Richmond early in the second half taking an assist from freshman Octavio Munoz to put the Oilers up 1-0. Goalie Alejandro Rodriguez led the Richmond defense, helping limit Antelope (17-6-1) the Sac-Joaquin Division III attack to one goal. The Titans had scored 16 goals in their past four games.
This is the first time that Northern California has held a tournament beyond the traditional section tournaments. The Oilers finished as the NCS Division II runner up to Montgomery-Santa Rosa, who beat the Oilers 2-1 in the NCS Division II championship on February 24.
It has been a historic year for Richmond, which saw longtime head coach Rene Siles eclipsed the 300-win mark and the team earned its 18th North Coast Section playoff berth.