As soon as the shot went in, Jack Dobbrow clenched his right fist, shook it ever so slightly and smiled.
That was as emotional as he got after scoring the winning goal in overtime for Half Moon Bay High School in its 8-7 win over Live Oak in the seventh-place match at the Connolly Water Polo Tournament, held at Lynbrook High School, Saturday
The win ended a busy weekend for the Cougars, who went 2-2 in the tournament.
Half Moon Bay began the tournament Friday with a 9-6 win over Fremont, followed by a 15-6 loss to Los Gatos. The Cougars fell to Lynbrook, 13-5, on Saturday morning, setting up the match with Live Oak.
It was the second time the Cougars have played the Acorns. The first time was at the end of the 2010 season, when Live Oak won in Half Moon Bay’s first-ever appearance in the Central Coast Section playoffs. That match was also played at Lynbrook.
None of that history was on anyone’s mind as the Cougars just wanted to make a good showing while getting ready to start Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division play. That begins with a 4 p.m. match, Thursday, at Sequoia.
Saturday’s win was an added perk for the Cougars. Down 6-4 midway through the fourth quarter, the Cougars rallied to tie the score and took a brief lead. Live Oak retied the score in the last minute, forcing the extra session.
Half Moon Bay won the sprint and passed the ball around the key. Dobbrow, taking a pass from Matt Tolar, scored from the left side, a few feet away from the goal.
“This was a good win for us,” said Tolar, whose lone goal in the match came on a breakaway to tie the score. “We are ready for practice.”
Tolar added four steals and three assists, including the final pass to Dobbrow. Dobbrow’s winning goal was his fourth of the game. He also tallied seven steals.
It wasn’t just the 2-2 weekend that put Half Moon Bay in a good frame of mind heading into the start of the league play. The four teams presented different challenges for the Cougars. Though the record doesn’t show it, everyone agreed Half Moon Bay left Lynbrook Saturday better than it did when it arrived Friday for its first match.
“We got a lot of experience,” Dobbrow said. “This was just like last year.”
Dobbrow and Kevin Merritt each scored three goals and recorded five steals in the win over Fremont. Tolar scored twice to go with five assists. Alex Chee also scored.
Dobbrow and Thomas Meader each scored twice in the loss to Los Gatos.
Tolar scored three goals in the loss to Lynbrook.