MARTINEZ -- Ten soccer seasons have come and 10 soccer seasons have gone, and in that time only private schools and Diablo Foothill Athletic League teams have won North Coast Section Division II boys soccer titles.
The DFAL had won eight of those, and on Saturday, Campolindo High was looking to become the ninth DFAL school in 11 years to win a Division II section championship. But Concord High, in familiar style, ended those thoughts.
The Minutemen, a team that allowed more than one goal just twice this season and surrendered only 15 goals all year, topped the Cougars 1-0 at Alhambra High to claim the program's first-ever NCS championship.
"This is everybody's dream when they get into high school," Concord senior captain Emmanuel Jimenez said. "I had to wait four years, but my high school dream came true and we worked really hard for it."
In a physical and hotly contested contest, scoring chances were hard to come by as both defenses protected the back line and the goal very well, making Evan Farmer's 19th minute goal all the more important for Concord (16-2-5).
Andy Altamirano's ball into the box got behind Campolindo's entire back line and Farmer found himself with an open net and calmly guided the ball home.
"It feels really great," Farmer said. "I could see there was some miscommunication back there so I just tried to pressure them, but I couldn't have done it without the team."
The Minutemen, after the initial
"We just had an off-day," Campolindo coach Shane Carney said. "We didn't perform at the level we wanted or we had been."
Concord 1, Campolindo 0
Halftime: Concord 1, Campolindo 0. Scoring: Conc, Farmer (Altamirano) 19:00. Saves: Jimenez (Conc) 2, Price (Campo) 3. Records: Concord 16-2-5, Campolindo 18-8-2.