Kieran Wolk enjoyed a save on a shot from close range for all of two seconds.
The Half Moon Bay High School goalie couldn’t get too excited since the block came in the first quarter of Thursday’s Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division opener with host Sequoia.
Wolk retrieved the ball and quickly threw it down pool to a teammate.
The block gave Half Moon Bay early momentum. Though Sequoia tied the match late in the second quarter, Half Moon Bay blew the game open in the second half, winning 15-9.
The Cougars were scheduled to host Priory, Tuesday. Results of the match were not available at press time. Half Moon Bay plays at Mills, Thursday.
The play started on a Half Moon Bay turnover. Wolk had to get ready to attempt to block the shot. Normally, close-range shots go in. Not on Thursday, when Wolk blocked the shot with both his hands. The ball rolled to the right where Wolk got it.
He smiled for a moment as he passed the ball down the pool.
“I didn’t want to get too excited,” Wolk said. “I had to get ready for the next play.”
The play sparked Half Moon Bay, as it jumped out to a 4-0 lead.
Sequoia found a little fire, scoring three of the match’s next five goals. Sequoia was in control of the second quarter, tying the score.
“I don’t know if we got too cocky or too comfortable,” said Jack Dobbrow. “When we retook the lead, we felt more comfortable.”
Dobbrow paced the Cougars with five goals, including two late in the first half.
“When he made those two goals, that was big for us,” said Thomas Meador said.
Meador made contributions from the hole set in the third quarter, scoring two of his four goals in that quarter. His teammates, playing either at the top or in the wing, kept spotting him open.
“He created a lot of openings in the middle,” said Dobbrow, who added five steals and three assists.
The Cougars kept the intensity up even after the game was no longer in doubt.
“When they tied the score, we weren’t doubting ourselves,” Meador said. “We just knew we had to play smarter polo.”
Wolk made 10 saves.
Matt Tolar scored twice to go with two steals and two blocks. Kevin Merritt, Thomas Simons, Ryan East and Avery Calhoun also scored. Merritt and Calhoun each recorded two assists.