The Richmond High boys soccer team had two things on its agenda Thursday night -- to get payback against St. Mary's and to take control of the Tri-Counties Athletic League's Rock Division.
Both missions were accomplished as the Oilers topped the Panthers 4-0, exacting revenge for a 1-1 draw last month and taking a four-point lead in the league table.
Erik Montes, last season's East Bay Player of the Year, showed why he was dubbed with that honor, as his hat trick stole the show for Richmond (6-2-5, 4-0-2).
"We were a little flat in the first half," Richmond coach Rene Siles said. "Erik helped us pick it up in the second half. He's back at his best right now."
His second goal may have been the most spectacular. He was able to bicycle-kick a deflected ball into the net in the 51st minute for one of the best goals of the year.
Jorge Alvarez's perfect cross set up the first goal in the 31st minute, while Juan Rivera's through ball was right on the mark for the 69th-minute goal. Cesar Cardenas scored the fourth goal for Richmond on a penalty kick.
Montes has 11 goals in his last two games.
St. Mary's (6-2-3, 3-1-1 TCAL) can still catch the Oilers if they slip up down the line.
Foothill 2, California 0: The Falcons handed the Grizzlies their first loss of the season, thanks to a stout defensive effort.
Bobby Sehrgosha put Foothill (8-3-3) up with a 23rd-minute goal on an
San Ramon Valley 3, Amador Valley 1: The Wolves overcame a first-minute goal by the Dons to remain unbeaten on the season.
Allie Dutto and Megan Turner each had a goal and an assist for the Wolves (9-0-3, 3-0-2 EBAL), who rallied with two second-half goals after tying the game in the 19th minute.