No. 13 Mira Costa survived a furious second-half rally by visiting No. 17 El Segundo on Friday night, getting the game-winner in the final minute for a 13-12 victory after having led 10-5 late in the third period.
Senior Casey Bonner scored unassisted with 50 seconds to play to give the Mustangs (2-1) the win. Sophomore Josh Maruyama had tied the game 12-12 with 4:38 left. Bonner and Maruyama each had four goals and two assists to lead Costa’s offense.
It was the second nail-biter in a row for the Mustangs, who nearly came from three goals down to beat Crespi on Tuesday, falling 10-9.
El Segundo, which trailed 4-0 after one quarter, 8-4 at halftime and 10-5 early in the third period, mounted a comeback behind sophomore Lukas Roscoe and senior Cory Lund. The Eagles (1-1) scored six unanswered goals to lead 11-10 with 9:43 left in the game.
Bonner tied it 11-11 for Costa with 6:23 left, but Lund promptly fed Roscoe for a goal that put the Eagles up 12-11 with 6:10 left. The Eagles wouldn’t score again, though, and Costa recovered to beat El Segundo for the fourth year in a row. In the previous meetings since the Eagles became a CIF program in 2014, Costa has won by 12, nine and seven goals.
“Costa has always been, for our program, a reach game — an out of our reach game,” El Segundo coach Brooks Roscoe said via email. “Tonight changed all that. After falling behind in the first quarter, we scraped back. I’m very proud of our boys.”
Coach Roscoe said the comeback was fueled by a stellar second-half performance by senior goalie Alex Nolan, who recorded nine saves in the second half and 12 overall.
“This was the best game we ever lost and perhaps the best game we ever played,” Roscoe said.
Lund led the Eagles with five goals and four assists, and Roscoe had four goals and one assist. Daniel Ball (1g, 1a), Rory Cochrane (1g) and Isaiah Lynch (1g) also scored for the Eagles.
For Costa, JJ Packer had a goal and two assists, and Max Geoghegan and Miles Choromanski each had a goal and an assist. Macallan Laver and Joe Hawkins scored one goal each.