No. 5 Peninsula Holds Off No. 6 Harvard Westlake in OT

Peninsula midfielder Brandon Wilson caught a feed from Colton Michel in traffic on the crease and managed to flip it underhand past Harvard Westlake goalie Troy Hattler with 53 seconds left in overtime Friday night to give the No. 5-ranked Panthers a 10-9 win over the No. 6 Wolverines.

Wilson (No. 30, pictured on right, above) led Peninsula (7-0) with four goals, and Michel had three goals and three assists. Junior Koby Tseng contributed two goals and three assists.

Harvard Westlake, playing without senior attack Roman Holthouse, relied on its midfielders for most of its offense. Senior Joe Woody score four goals for the Wolverines, and senior Drew Corlin scored three.

It was the first time Peninsula beat Harvard Westlake since 2005, when both were club programs. As CIF programs, Harvard Westlake was 5-0 against Peninsula until Friday.

Lance Plonski, Peninsula
Senior goalie Lance Plonski made 16 saves for the Panthers on Friday night.

Wolverines junior faceoff specialist Philip Thompson was dominant, winning 19 of 22 draws, but the Harvard Westlake offense struggled to convert possessions into goals. Panthers keeper Lance Plonski was credited with 16 saves.

In fact, after Harvard Westlake finally took its only lead of the game, 8-7 with 4:01 left in the the third quarter, Plonski and the Panthers’ defense allowed only one more goal in nearly 19 minutes of clock time. Peninsula tied at 8-8 on a Tseng goal, assisted by Kurt Landon, but Harvard Westlake re-took the lead on Woody’s fourth goal with 3:09 left in the quarter.

But that was it for the Harvard Westlake offense the rest of the way.

Peninsula wasn’t faring any better, though, as the Wolverines switched to a zone that completely baffled the Panthers’ offense. Harvard Westlake maintained its 9-8 lead throughout the fourth quarter until Michel scored the tying goal with 38 seconds to play.