The Richmond Oilers delivered a gem to a packed home stadium on Saturday, winning the North Coast Section Division II title with a 3-1 victory over San Lorenzo.
The Oilers were down early 1-0, but then Addison Escobar exploded for three goals to lead the team to its first title since 1994.
The huge win came after the top-seeded Oilers defeated No. 16 Moreau Catholic and No. 8 Northgate in the NCS tourney.
“Our community has been waiting for this for 20 years,” Richmond coach Rene Siles told the Chico Enterprise-Record. “We came close a few times, but this time we did it. It’s this group who made it, but it’s all of Richmond who won tonight. I have a thought for every player who has worn this jersey, dreaming of something like tonight. I have a thought for every player who passed away, their family, their loved ones.”
Siles, who has been on the sidelines for 14 seasons, was there nine years ago when Richmond (21-4-2) last reached the NCS final, losing to Monte Vista in 2006.
A championship win was a long-time coming and Oilers fans erupted in celebration on Saturday after the final whistle.
“I want to thank every single player, from JV and varsity who made this adventure possible,” Siles said. “Our leaders who righted the ship when it needed to be righted, and supported our younger players, especially the freshmen. I want to thank all the alumni who came and supported their younger brothers. I have seen 14 years of faces tonight.”
Richmond ended the season with 14 wins in its final 16 games.
To read a game recap from the Chico Enterprise-Record, click here.