Second-half Rally Lifts T.O. Past Mira Costa, 10-9

No. 11 Mira Costa built an 8-4 lead late midway through the third quarter and appeared headed toward a first-round upset at No. 6 Thousand Oaks on Tuesday.

But the Lancers turned things around in a hurry, scoring five unanswered goals — a run started by Nick Auger‘s third goal of the game — to take a 9-8 lead. Though Costa tied it again, T.O. got the eventual game-winner with about two minutes left.

The Mustangs had one last chance with eight seconds on the clock when Zane Crandall split the defense and had a good look. But his lefty shot sailed high. Crandall, Casey Bonner and Hayden Frye each scored twice for the Mustangs.

Thousand Oaks (13-4) now travels to Palos Verdes to take on No. 3-seed Peninsula (16-2) in Thursday’s quarterfinals.

Complete playoff bracket

Pre-First-Round Games
El Segundo 17, Brentwood 12
West Ranch 13, Sierra Canyon 12
Palisades 12, Culver City 11, 2 OT

First-Round Games
(1) Palos Verdes 18, (16) West Ranch 3
(9) Newbury Park 9, (8) Oak Park 5

(12) Redondo Union (6-10) at (5) Westlake (14-1), Wednesday, 7 p.m.
(4) Harvard Westlake 12, (13) Chaminade 4

(3) Peninsula 13, (14) El Segundo 1
(6) Thousand Oaks 10, (11) Mira Costa 9

(7) Crespi 9, 10 Agoura (5)
(2) Loyola 19, (15) Palisades 4

Quarterfinals – Thursday
(9) Newbury Park (14-4) at (1) Palos Verdes (14-5), 4:30 p.m.
(12) Redondo Union/(5) Westlake winner at (4) Harvard Westlake (11-7), 5:30 p.m.

(6) Thousand Oaks (13-4) at (3) Peninsula (16-2), 4 p.m.
(7) Crespi (11-6) at (2) Loyola (15-3), 3 p.m.