| Tonkawa earns spot in Bobby Barry Cup finals with 8-7 win|
Tonkawa (Lucas Arellano, Gonzalo Deltour, Sebastian Merlos and Mason Wroe) became the first team to qualify for a semifinal berth in the Bobby Barry Cup, a subsidiary of the 20-goal Joe Barry Memorial Cup,with an 8-7 win over Orchard Hill (Donavan Stratemann, Polito Pieres, Peke Gonzalez and Lucas Criado) Sunday afternoon at the International Polo Club.
The game got off to a guarded start with the first goal of the day coming three minutes into the match on a shot from the field from Lucas Criado. Shots went wide or were blocked as both teams pressed to get on the scoreboard. Tonkawa leveled the score at 1-1 with a 30-yard penalty conversion from Argentine 9-goaler Sebastian Merlos and 52 seconds left in the period.
The pace picked up in the second chukker but goals continued to be at a premium. Neither team was able to score from the field. The only goal of the chukker came on a
60-yard penalty conversion from Gonzalo Deltour with 1:34 on the clock.After two periods of play Tonkawa was defending a delicate 2-1 lead.
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|Enigma defeats Villa del Lago |
11 to 7
Enigma (Jerome Wirth, Jeff Hall, Matias MacDonough and Carlucho Arellano) outscored Villa del Lago (Jim Zenni, Guille Aguero, Hilario Ulloa and Agustin Obregon) 6-3 in second half play to register an 11-7 win in the International Polo Club's featured match of the day.
Enigma 7-goaler Jeff Hall scored the first goal of the game from the field in the opening 30 seconds of the first chukker. Villa del Lago was unable to mount a successful attack and trailed early in the game, 1-0.
Second period action saw Agustin Obregon tie the game at 1-1 with a goal from the field just 28 seconds into the chukker. Carlucho scored on a miss-hit by a Villa del Lago player, breaking away for a 200 yard run and a goal for Enigma, 2-1. Hilario Ulloa tied the game at two goals apiece on a 30-yard penalty conversion but Enigma went ahead, 3-2 on a rarely called Penalty 1 that awarded a goal to the Enigma team for the final score of the period.
A 40-yard penalty goal from Ulloa in the opening seconds of the third period knotted the score at 3-3. Matias MacDonough converted a 40-yard penalty shot for a goal to give Enigma a 4-3 lead with 5:51 left in the period. Guille Aguero tied it with his first goal of the game to make it 4-4 with under two minutes on the clock. Hall scored the final goal of the chukker, putting Enigma in front, 5-4, at the end of the first half.
Enigma continued to pound the Villa del Lago defense in the fourth period. Two minutes into the chukker MacDonough scored on a 40-yard penalty shot, 6-4. Hall added his third goal of the game with only 1:34 left in the chukker. For the second time in the match, Vila del Lago was held scoreless and trailed by three goals, 7-4.
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|Coca-Cola defeats Villa del Lago 15 to 14|
It was Villa del Lago's (Jim Zenni, Guille Aguero, Hilario Ulloa and Agustin Obregon) fifth final appearance in the season-opening 20-goal Herbie Pennell Cup at the International Polo Club, and after racing out to a 9-4 halftime lead, they looked to be assured of their first win.
Polo's newest 10-goaler (in Argentina, still 9-goals in the US) scored the first goal of the day in the opening 90 seconds of play and followed it up with a second goal from the field at the 2:51 mark for a 2-0 Villa del Lago lead. Julio Arellano finally got Coca-Cola (Gillian Johnston, Sugar Erskine, Julio Arellano and Steve Krueger) on the scoreboard on a pass from teammate Sugar Erskine following the ensuing throw-in. A Coca-Cola foul with just 26 seconds left in the period sent Ulloa to the penalty line where he converted from 30-yards for a 3-1 Villa del Lago advantage.
Another Coca-Cola penalty opened the second chukker with Ulloa converting from the 60-yard mark, 4-1. Two minutes later Steve Krueger scored on a pass from Erskine, cutting the Villa del Lago lead to two goals, 4-2. Agustin Obregon scored the final goal of the period and Villa del Lago left the field at the end of the second chukker on top of a 5-2 lead.
Obregon's second goal of the day came on a pass from Ulloa just 32 seconds into the third chukker and extended the Villa del Lago lead to four goals, 6-2. Ulloa followed it up with a 60-yard penalty goal just a minute later and his second goal of the period had Villa del Lago in front by six goals, 8-2. Coca-Cola rallied with consecutive goals from Krueger and Arellano, 8-4, but it was Ulloa's seventh score of the match on a 40-yard penalty conversion that had Coca-Cola trailing by five goals, 9-4, at the end of the first half.
Coca-Cola regrouped at halftime and entered the fourth on attack mode. Erskine and Guille Aguero exchanged goals before consecutive goals from Krueger and Gillian Johnston ended the period with Coca-Cola closing to within three goals of the lead, 10-7.
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