Panthers Avenge Earlier Loss With 16-7 Win at Costa

No. 9 Peninsula avenged a tough, overtime, home loss to Mira Costa on Friday with a 16-7 Bay League win in Manhattan Beach, scoring seven unanswered goals in the second period to build an insurmountable lead. Costa had beaten Peninsula 9-8 10 days earlier.

That Panthers’ run broke open a game that the No. 10 Mustangs (11-5, 2-2) led 3-2 early in the second period.

Junior attack Kyle Beachboard led Peninsula (10-4, 2-2) with six goals and two assists, and senior attack Koby Tseng had four goals and four assists. Senior middie Kurt Landon scored three, and Emilio Nunziata, Jack Mohr and Scott Phillips each scored one.

LSM/D Phillips also played a key role in keeping the ball in the hands of the Panthers’ offense, winning 15 face-offs and collecting 16 ground balls. That anchored a defense that continues to improve and take pressure off senior goalie Connor Graves, who made 13 saves.

The Panthers conclude the regular season with a home game against Palos Verdes on Tuesday and at Redondo Beach on April 29. Mira Costa plays at Redondo on Tuesday then at the No. 1 Sea Kings on Friday.