Duke Cohen and Seamus O’Brien each scored goals in the last five minutes Wednesday, lifting No. 6 Westlake to a 12-11 Marmonte League win over No. 18 Thousand Oaks in a game that featured seven lead changes and eight ties.
The win kept the host Warriors (11-3, 6-1) tied for first place in the Marmonte League with No. 7 Agoura (10-5, 6-1. The Chargers beat No 8 Oaks Christian 8-4 on Wednesday, handing the Lions (10-5, 5-2) their second league loss.
Thousand Oaks (2-12, 2-5) narrowly missed an opportunity for a signature win in what has been a trying season. The Lancers have played the fourth-toughest schedule in the Southern Section according to LaxPower.com, and 11 of their 12 losses have come against teams currently ranked in the Top 10 of either the LA or OC polls.
Still, Thousand Oaks took an early lead behind goals from Andrew Berg and Drew Conlon and led 4-2 after the first quarter. O’Brien, Cohen and Tyler Enderle scored consecutive goals in the second period to push Westlake ahead 5-4, but Nick Riggio pulled the Lancers even at halftime, 5-5.
The third quarter was a study in back-and-forth scoring. The teams traded goals twice, making it 7-7, then Westlake took an 8-7 lead only to have Nick Ditto quickly tie it 8-8. Thousand Oaks scored to go ahead 9-8, but Cohen re-tied it and Enderle pushed the Warriors ahead 10-9 heading to the fourth quarter.
Riggio and Conlon scored back-to-back goals to open the fourth, putting T.O. ahead 11-10, but that was the last of the Lancers’ offense. Cohen scored on an assist from CJ Woodall with 4:42 left, and O’Brien scored on an assist from Nick Reilly with 2:23 to play.
Westlake won the ensuing face-off and called time out. The Warriors ran a minute off the clock and called their second time out with 1:11 play. Thousand Oaks was called for a penalty after the re-start, and the Warriors ran out the clock.
Cohen finished with four goals and an assist and Reilly had two goals and three assists to lead Westlake. O’Brien (3g, 1a), Enderle (2g) and Dylan Hampton (1g) completed the scoring.
Conlon led Thousand Oaks with three goals, according to play-by-play detailed on the @Westlake_Lax twitter feed. Berg and Riggio each scored two, and Spencer Whinery and Ditto each scored one. Two Thousand Oaks goals were unattributed in the Westlake twitter account.