For the first time since 2007, Richmond is raising the boys soccer district championship trophy.
Topping Almont in a 1-0 game at Imlay City, the Blue Devils made it out of a tough district that also included Imlay City and Croswell-Lexington. Thanks to the lone goal by Matt Schuster ten minutes into the game, the Blue Devils are marching on to next week’s Division 3 regional tournament at Troy Athens.
“We had some opportunities and we actually had a goal get called back from offsides, I hit the crossbar another time, so we just made a lot of good chances,” Schuster said.
On Tuesday the Blue Devils will face Livonia Clarenceville, who won their district final with a 5-0 victory over Dearborn Henry Ford. The winner of that game will take on the victor between Macomb Lutheran North and Grosse Ile on Friday at 7 p.m.
After two playoff games the Blue Devils have yet to concede a goal, winning their opening game 6-0 against Cros-Lex. After a season of swarming opposing teams on defense, those kind of outcomes aren’t all that surprising.
“Our defense was very sound today,” Schuster said. “If they had any chances they weren’t strong chances.”
After the game the team celebrated history and a title shot they’ve been waiting for all season.
“It’s pretty emotional for a lot of the players, especially the seniors,” head coach Lance Whitney said. “They’ve been waiting for a chance like this all season … it’s kind of euphoric to be honest.”
St. Clair falls in finals
St. Clair ended its season with a 6-2 loss to Lake Shore at Marysville.
The Saints end their season with a 4-15-1 record, but earned a 9-1 win over Armada on Wednesday.