The Richmond High Oilers took another dream season all the way to the inaugural Northern California Division II championship game last weekend, falling to Alisal High-Salinas 3-1 in the finale.
The championship loss can do little to dampen the Oilers’ (15-3-9) achievements this year. They achieved their 18th NCS playoff berth, moved head coach Rene Siles beyond the 300-win mark for his career and, on Saturday, found themselves competing in the first ever NorCal championship tournament. Previously, high school boys soccer did not extend beyond the North Coast Section tournament (On Feb. 24, the Oilers advanced all the way to the NCS Division II championship game before falling 2-1 to Montgomery-Santa Rosa.).
In the NorCal tournament, the Oilers defeated Antelope 2-1 and Bellarmine College Prep in a tie-breaking shootout to reach the title game.
According to a report by the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Alisal’s quickness proved too much for the Oilers in the final. Alisal scored in the first 15 minutes, but soon after Richmond High’s Octavio Munoz answered to the even the score.
Alisal had a 2-1 lead at the half following a score in the 25th minute. Another goal in the second half sealed the match.