Oak Park and Tesoro kicked off the season at noon today on Los Alamitos’ new turf field as part of the annual Knights Challenge.
Tesoro took an early 2-1 when Taylon Perry put the Titans up 2-1 after their first man-up opportunity. After three consecutive saves from Michigan-bound junior goalie Gunner Garn on three Oak Park possessions, the Eagles finished two garbage goals, one off a failed clear, to pull Oak Park ahead 3-2. After Brandon Mayo ripped on the run to tie it up after the end of the first quarter, Garn registered five saves in the first quarter which would be a trend for the rest of the game.
Flailing stick checks plagued the Titans for the remainder of the game. At one point an Oak Park attackman ran through three Titans and at least nine checks to finish on Garn’s doorstep. Garn had enough and with Oak Park locking off his clearing middies he started his own fast break and hit attackman Sage Devault on the point who fed Riley Finn to tie the game at four goals apiece.
Mayo and Blake Warner would add goals of their own to give Tesoro a two-goal lead that would stay for the rest of the game thanks to Matt Costanzo’s two game ending rips for the 8-6 win.