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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.

Richmond advances to play No. 2 Bellarmine College Prep-San Jose at 3:15 pm on Thursday, March 8 in San Jose.

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.