By Woodside Athletics
Woodside High School varsity boys water polo team is now 4-0 in the PAL Bay Division (6-5 overall) and has clinched a spot in the CCS tournament, the first time in over five years. The team, led by the new coach Peter Davis, moved up to the Bay Division this year after an undefeated season in the PAL Ocean Division in 2014-2015.
Woodside defeated Half Moon Bay on Oct. 7 in a close match with a final score of 12-11. The Cougars from Half Moon Bay started strong and took the lead; the score was 3-5 at the end of the first quarter and 6-7 at half time. Woodside came back in the third quarter that finished at 10-8.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Woodside increased this advantage but Half Moon Bay closed the gap and had a chance to tie the game with 17 seconds left.
For the Woodside Wildcats, sophomore Giorgio Fatica scored 4 goals, followed by junior Max Untrecht and senior Oliver Mancebo with 3 goals each. Seniors Ryan Toulouse and Ben Loewen scored one goal each. Goalie Eric Helseth had 6 saves.
Scoring leaders for the Cougars were Hunter Murison and Tanner Islander with 3 goals apiece. Malcolm Feix and Ian Goldbach scored 2 goals each and Tomas Castro-Santos added one. Goalie Mason Martuscelli had 10 saves.
In the 11 games of the season, the scoring leaders for Woodside are: Giorgio Fatica (43),Max Untrecht (39), Oliver Mancebo (22) and Leo Franco-Munoz (10).