The Half Moon Bay High School girls water polo team knew it would get a win in Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division play.
It would just be a matter of time.
That time came Thursday with a 21-1 win over host Terra Nova.
The win came two days after the Cougars fell to league-leading Woodside, 15-9.
Half Moon Bay was scheduled to play at San Mateo, Tuesday. Results of the game were not available at press time. The Cougars end the first half of the season Thursday at Hillsdale.
“It feels good to get a win,” said Kaila Clark, who scored four goals. “We have been looking forward to this win over a while.”
The game was never in doubt as the Cougars were quicker at both ends of the pool. Most of their goals resulted in defensive turnovers. Half Moon Bay led 14-0 at halftime.
“All of the hard work is starting to show,” said Micaela White, who scored six goals and added four steals. “We have been practicing for a long time. With the win, we feel better.”
Hillsdale is one of the teams contending for the league title. The Cougars begin the second half of the season on Oct. 9, hosting another title contender, Mercy of Burlingame.
“We hope to win some more games,” White said.
Kyla Kemp also scored four goals. She and Aria Chee led the defense with five steals each.
Annie Zell added three goals with Paula Pastuskovas scoring twice and Chee and Robin Strasser scoring once.
Chee led Half Moon Bay with three goals in its loss to Woodside. Kemp added two goals with White, Zell, Pastuskovas and Clark each scored.
Kemp and Clark combined to record 15 saves.