Oak Park couldn’t stop Chandler Peterson even when victory seemed assured.
Platte County’s high-scoring senior forward tallied all four goals in a 4-3 overtime win against the Northmen on Thursday, Aug. 31 in Kansas City, Mo. The hat-trick-plus-one included a goal late in regulation plus the sudden death overtime winner after the Pirates fell behind 3-2.
Oak Park seemed to have an advantage going into halftime, but Peterson scored in the 40th minute to level it 1-1. He added his second in the 51st minute to give the Pirates their first lead at 2-1, which held until the closing minutes.
In the 76th minute, Oak Park scored back-to-back goals against Platte County goalkeeper Kemper York, who also made four saves, to quickly turn a deficit into a 3-2 lead.
Peterson tied the score in the 79th minute to complete his hat trick and force overtime. He then netted the winner in the 87th minute to deliver a wild comeback win for Platte County, which improved to 5-0 on the season.
Spencer Klopfer and Colton Grisham provided assists for Platte County. Turner Hess made two saves in the first half for the Pirates, who continue to alternate goalkeepers early in the season.
Peterson now has 20 goals in his first five games, scoring at least three in four of those.
After scoring a school record 61 goals as a junior, Peterson is averaging 4.0 goals per game after he put up 2.35 per game as a junior — a mark that ranks fourth in Missouri state history. He’s at 121 goals for his career entering Labor Day week, needing 15 more to break Ian Malburg’s school record of 135.