Oak Park Pulls Away Late to Beat Thousand Oaks 12-10

The No. 9 Oak Park Eagles scored four unanswered goals late in the fourth quarter Friday to beat No. 5 Thousand Oaks 12-10 in a back-and-forth game that prompted the Lancers to send out a congratulatory tweet afterward. It was the second big win of the week for Oak Park, which knocked off No. 6 Newbury Park on Wednesday.

The game featured plenty of momentum swings, with Oak Park jumping out to a 3-1 lead early behind three of sophomore midfielder Max Manyak‘s six goals in the game.

Then Thousand Oaks got rolling, rattling off six in a row — two by senior Will Dutton — to lead 7-3. The Eagles responded, though, getting one more from Manyak and two from Max Bulko to close out the half down 7-6.

Oak Park finally managed to pull even with the Lancers at 8-8 on a goal from Tyler Bradbury in the closing seconds of the third quarter, but the Lancers got a goal from Spencer Whinery and Dutton’s third of the game and led 10-8.

The final momentum swing went Oak Park’s way, though, with goals from Bryce Hardy and Adam Julius to tie it 10-10, then two more and some tense moments down the stretch to clinch the win.

Manyak (6g), Bradbury (2g, 2a) and Bulko (2g) led the Eagles’ offense. Dutton (3g), Drew Conlon (2g) and Nick Riggio (2g) led the Lancers (3-3), who also got contributions from Zac Asbury (1g, 2a), Whinery (1g, 1a) and Johnny Chow (1g).

Oak Park goalie Connor Kaminsky made 14 saves, backstopping a defense that limited the high-scoring Lancers to three goals in the second half.

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