Mike Spaeth scored the go-ahead goal on an assist from Lorenzo Santor with 2:52 remaining Wednesday, lifting No. 6 Oaks Christian to 4-3, come-from-behind victory over visiting No. 10 Westlake.
Westlake had forged a 2-0 halftime lead, the first time this season the Lions have been shut out in the first half, but Oaks Christian began chipping away in the third. Cort Rogers scored, assisted by his brother, Cade Rogers, to make it 2-1, and Santor scored on an assist from Ronny Redell to tie it 2-2. Westlake answered, though, and carried a 3-2 lead into the fourth quarter.
That would be all the scoring for the Warriors (4-5, 2-3), though, as the Lions defense clamped down in front of goalie James Vils.
OC’s Danny Redell scored unassisted early in the fourth to tie the score 3-3, and it stayed that way until the clock moved under three minutes remaining. That’s when Santor found Spaeth for the go-ahead goal, giving the Lions their first lead.
It was the third consecutive win for the Lions (9-2, 3-2), who are tied for second in the Marmonte League behind No. 5 Thousand Oaks (8-3, 5-0). The Lancers, who won the teams’ first meeting this season 9-7, visit Oaks Christian on Friday.
Wednesday, Thousand Oaks held off a late rally by No. 7 Newbury Park to win 11-9 and remain undefeated in league play. The Lancers appeared poised to run away with the game, opening up a 9-4 lead late in the third quarter. The Panthers (8-3, 3-2) rattled off four consecutive goals to climb back in it at 9-8, but T.O. held on.
Information and photo contributed by Oaks Christian Lacrosse.