With the memory of last year’s national final loss still fresh in the memory of some of the Richland men’s soccer players, the Thunderducks will be looking for retribution at this year’s nationals.
Richland beat Schoolcraft 3-0 to win the District F championship on Oct. 27.
Rafael Dominguez, Lucio Martinez and James Sesay all scored to send the Thunderducks to the nationals.
Head coach Sean Worley was pleased with the victory.
“The boys stepped up and did well. The turf fields are really fair and really good for skilled teams and we have a skilled team. That helps us. Overall the tournament was an outstanding tournament,” Worley said.
Sesay scored the lone goal in Richland’s 2-1 loss to Genesee in the national finals last year. He reiterated his desire to avenge last year’s loss.
“The memories [of last year’s final] motivate me more and make me more hungry to try to win it this year. Last year is like you tasted something but you didn’t taste every part of it. Being in the finals last year is an amazing thing and for me, not to achieve what we planned for last year, it was a fall back. That’s not [the] end of everything because we made it this year. We are ready as a team [and] as an individual,” Sesay said.
Richland is currently the No. 2 seeded DIII school in the nation. The Thunderducks will travel to New York for the national tournament taking place Nov. 8-13.