ALBANY -- A simple draw would have done, but the Richmond High boys soccer team didn't want to take any chances.
The Oilers just needed a tie against St. Mary's on Monday to win the Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division title, but ran away with a 4-0 victory on the road to win the league by six points.
Addison Escobar played a hand in all four goals for Richmond (12-4-3, 9-1-0 TCAL) as the visitors scored two in each half, and keeper Humberto Melendez kept a clean sheet for the team's eighth consecutive shutout.
"We've really stepped it up," Escobar said. "It's because this isn't just a team, it's more of a family. We have a lot of unity, we support one another and we always have each other's back."
Escobar had Lalo Bautista's back, setting him up for the first score in the 22nd minute. The goal came after a goal kick by Melendez found Bautista just past the midline. Bautista flicked the ball with his head to Escobar, who went down the left side, sent the ball into the box and Bautista finished for his 22nd goal of the year.
This came just seconds after the Panthers (11-5-0, 7-3-0) had what would have been the first goal of the match disallowed for offside.
Escobar then scored in the 36th minute and in the 59th minute, and between those to goals he set up Marco Alvarez for the goal of the match.
Escobar found Alvarez open on the right side, and Alvarez was able to put some pace on the ball from 30 yards out and bury it far post.