Riverview Gabriel Richard headed into a foggy Thursday night in pursuit of its first district title in nearly two decades.
Standing in the way was a tough Allen Park Inter-City Baptist team.
With no score after more than 50 minutes, players continued to weave their way through the fog in hopes of putting a ball in the net.
It was Richard’s Asher Cousino who eventually broke the scoreless tie. The senior struck again late and sealed a 2-0 victory and the Division 4, District 54 title.
Richard (6-4-1) went on to hoist the program’s first district championship trophy since 2001.
Overall, the Pioneers were up against an Inter-City (7-5-2) team that knocked them off in the 2019 district final and the 2018 semis.
“Right away we knew that it was going to be a dogfight,” said Richard coach Eric Perilla. “We were super excited for it because it was a chance to get a little bit of revenge and pull one back on them because they knocked us out two years in a row.
“Championship games don’t come around very often and when you get a chance to play for one it’s something real special.”
Early in the second half, the Pioneers’ Marco Pomponio blasted a shot that sailed over the Chargers’ goal.