The Richmond High boys soccer team put itself in the driver's seat in the Tri-County Athletic League's Rock Division, shooting to the top with a 4-0 victory at El Cerrito on Saturday.

Richmond (11-4-3, 8-1-0 TCAL) was tied with St. Mary's for the TCAL-Rock lead entering the game. The Oilers will face St. Mary's on Monday with a three-point lead in the TCAL-Rock standings, and even a draw will clinch the title for the Richmond.

Saturday's game took a drastic turn just six minutes in as the Gauchos (13-7-2, 6-4-0) were down a man after a red card.

Richmond scored all four of its goals in the first half, after the card.

"It's hard to tell how we played because they were a man down," Richmond coach Rene Siles said. "The first half would have been much better if there wasn't a red card."

The Oilers took advantage right away as Eduardo Bautista scored in the 12th minute after a great pass into the box by Addison Escobar.

Escobar set up the next goal as well, an even better find, as Osvaldo Sandoval put the shot away in the 37th minute.

Richmond then put the game away, scoring twice in the 40th minute and stoppage time.

Ernesto Blanquel scored on a penalty kick, and Harold Erroa scored when a stopped shot rebounded to him.

Girls basketball


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Carondelet 81, Deer Valley 50: With 41 combined points, Natalie Romeo and Gabriella Grupalo led Carondelet (17-3) to a nonleague win at Deer Valley (15-5).

The pair opened the game with eight straight points that gave the Cougars a lead they would not relinquish. Grupalo scored the first six on corner 3-pointers, and Romeo followed with a layup.

Grupalo, who finished with 20 points, and Romeo, who scored a game-high 21, got to the paint for multiple layups and pushed the pace of the offense.

"It was a tremendous effort by those two," Carondelet coach Margaret Gartner said. "We want to play at a tempo that other teams find difficult to play at. (Romeo and Grupalo) are the tempo setters."

The Cougars also got 15 points from Christina Chenault. Deer Valley's Maranne Johnson scored a team-high 18 points.

-- Wes Goldberg