No. 5 Lancers Survive Against Oaks, Face Westlake Next

It was an interesting three days for No. 5 Thousand Oaks, which went 2-1 in back-to-back-to-back games against three good teams. But the Lancers might have come away with more questions than answers. And with a Marmonte League showdown at No. 3 Westlake looming Wednesday, that’s not a very comfortable position to be in.

If Thousand Oaks can play the way it did in Friday’s second half, however, as opposed to the first half (or Thursday’s loss to Harvard Westlake), the Lancers will have a shot.

Friday, Thousand Oaks struggled through the first half against No. 13 Oaks Christian (3-4), entering the break tied 5-5 after surrendering three goals on a three-minute, non-releasable penalty for an illegal stick — the team’s second such penalty in as many games.

But the Lancers were a different team after halftime, outscoring the Lions 8-3 for a 13-8 win that boosted their overall record to 5-2.

Senior attack Nick Auger and junior attack Dillon Pentis (pictured, left) each scored three goals against Oaks Christian, and junior attack Zach Asbury and senior middie Roy Ward (pictured, right) each scored two. Pentis and Ward each scored two of their goals in the second half, when T.O. asserted itself and took control.

Coming on the heels of Wednesday’s 8-7 overtime win at No. 11 Agoura and Thursday’s 12-10 home loss to No. 7 Harvard Westlake, Friday’s tale of two halves can provide either confidence for the road ahead or nervousness about the team’s consistency.

There’s no question the Lancers are talented. The offense scores an average of 10.5 goals per game, and the defense allows only about 7.5. In fact, Harvard Westlake is the only opponent to score in double figures against Thousand Oaks this season.

But Westlake, Wednesday’s opponent, is talented, too — the Warriors average nearly 15 goals per game and allow 4.3.