Roundup: Oak Park Holds Off Newbury; T.O., Costa Both Win

For the first half of Tuesday’s neighborhood grudge match at Oak Park, it appeared the Newbury Park Panthers might just get the payback they were looking for after last season ended for them in a double-overtime home loss to the Eagles.

Newbury led 6-5 at the break, having rallied from an early 4-1 deficit to take the lead. But Oak Park was too much in the second half, rattling off five unanswered goals before the Panthers tacked on a late one in a 10-7 Eagles victory.

Oak Park, ranked No. 7 in this week’s coaches poll, evened its record at 2-2, with middies Brendan Egan (four goals) and Patrick Lasure (two goals) leading the way, according to @opeagleslax.

Junior middie Erich Wuesthoff led Newbury Park with three goals, and Joshua Shoop scored two. Jack Jensen (1g, 1a), Strother Woog (1g) and Preston Hill (1a) rounded out the Panthers’ scoring. Senior defender Chucky Smith recorded eight ground balls and five caused turnovers, and senior goalie Michael Marinelli made 13 saves.

The Panthers, ranked No. 8 in the coaches poll, are right back it Wednesday with a trip to Malibu. Oak Park visits Crespi on Friday.

Thousand Oaks 10, Redondo Union 7

No. 6-ranked Thousand Oaks took a long break after opening with a 13-10 win over Crespi on Feb. 28, but the Lancers didn’t miss a beat on their trip to Redondo Union on Tuesday.

Senior attack Nick Auger poured in seven goals, and Roy Ward, Zach Asbury and Will Dutton scored one apiece as Thousand Oaks (2-0) downed the No. 12 Sea Hawks (1-2).

Mira Costa 8, Newport Harbor 7

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In what was a very physical, very highly-contested battle, Mira Costa beat Newport Harbor by a score of 8-7 on Tuesday night to push their record to 3-0.

“That was a great game,” said Mira Costa coach Aaron Karsh. “I think our boys finally learned what it was to earn a win.”

The Mustangs, ranked No. 9 in this week’s coaches poll, had opened the season with fairly easy wins vs. Santa Monica (17-8) and Beverly Hills (18-2). But this one was a dogfight.

The see-saw affair began with the Sailors, ranked No. 12 in the Orange County coaches poll, taking a 1-0 lead minutes into the game and dominating the first quarter. The teams traded goals early in the second before the Mustangs netted three unanswered goals to take a 5-3 lead into half.

Mira Costa pushed that lead to 7-3 before succumbing to a number of penalties, including a three-minute, non-releasable infraction that allowed Newport Beach to pull within one with 32 seconds left. The Sailors tried furiously to tie, but goalie John Van Sickle turned away their last shot with eight seconds left, and sophomore Casey Bonner scooped up the ground ball and ran out the clock.

Costa scoring was lead by junior middies Hayden Frye and Zane Crandall, who each had two goals and two assists. Senior Nick Coons added to the middie scoring with a goal and two assists. Bonner had one goal and one assist.

Attacks Ryan Gustafson (1g, 2a) and Sam Dunbar (1g, 1a) rounded out the scoring. Van Sickle finished with 17 saves.

Mira Costa travels to Culver City on Friday.

Sierra Canyon 14, West Ranch 13, OT

Sierra Canyon led No. 20 West Ranch 7-6 at halftime but had to rally from two goals down late in the fourth to tie. The Trailblazers then held it together in overtime to claim a 14-13 win.

The victory boosts Sierra’s record to 4-0, matching the team’s best win total in its previous three years as a CIF program. And in all four victories, the Trailblazers have scored in double figures. Last year, the first under coach Mario Waibel, Sierra Canyon went 1-11 and only scored in double figures three times.

West Ranch plays neighboring Valencia at home on Friday in an event that also will serve as fundraiser for someone close to the West Ranch community: