Finalists Equine Liquid Biocell and La Indiana Steam Ahead Toward Sunday Showdown

Mar 9, 2017 - 3:25 PM
Santi Chavanne – Hilario Ulloa
All photos © David Lominska/IPC
WELLINGTON, Fla.-March 9, 2017 – Both in fine form, Equine Liquid Biocell and La Indiana clinched spots in the 2017 Iglehart Cup final, winning their semifinal matches Wednesday at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC). Equine Liquid Biocell defeated Mt. Brilliant 10-8, and La Indiana overtook Tonkawa 11-8.
Since the start of the tournament undefeated Equine Liquid Biocell has looked like the team to beat, with Hilario Ulloa at the top of his game and Agustin Obregon breaking out for more goals in recent games. However, the Mt. Brilliant team, whose lineup has played together every game since the beginning of the 2017 season, came out firing. Mt. Brilliant put up 3 quick goals, all from Jason Crowder, the third-leading scorer in the 2017 season. However, Equine Liquid Biocell showed why they can be a formidable opponent. Obregon answered right back, finishing two runs of his own to get his team back within one before the end of the opening chukker.

If there was a defining moment in the game, it came in the second chukker. Equine Liquid Biocell recovered from the early 3-goal deficit and used that momentum to have a big chukker, scoring 4 goals (3 from the field and 1 from the penalty line). They held Mt. Brilliant to a single shot attempt, which Crowder converted for his fourth goal of the game. Ulloa made back-to-back big plays, recovering the ball at the centerline and running it all the way in for his first goal. That was quickly followed up by a quick steal on a Mt. Brilliant knock-in that led to a goal, after which the game advantage was leaning toward Equine Liquid Biocell.

The game stayed fairly even the rest of the way. Mt. Brilliant had their chances to get back in the game but missed penalty chances, preventing them from doing so. As a team Mt. Brilliant was 2 of 7 from the penalty line with Crowder shooting 2 for 6 (33%), a long way off his usual efficient penalty shooting (72% coming into the game). Although neither team had many chances from the field in the second half, both were fairly good at converting the chances they did get, with Equine Liquid Biocell shooting 8/13 (62%) and Mt. Brilliant shooting 6/10 (60%).

Behind Ulloa’s 6 goals and Obregon’s 3 goals, Equine Liquid Biocell held on for the 10-8 victory over Mt. Brilliant and continued their undefeated run, securing their spot in the final of the Iglehart Cup.

La Indiana Scrambles Tonkawa 11-8

Ruki Bailieau – Costi Caset

La Indiana bounced back from losing their first two games to earn a spot in the final against Equine Liquid Biocell. After winning a shootout against Goose Creek to get into the semi-finals, La Indiana faced off against Tonkawa for the fourth time this season, with Tonkawa winning 2 of the 3 previous meetings by one goal.

As the game started, La Indiana seemed a little stunned as Tonkawa was firing on all cylinders. Tonkawa dominated the first chukker by winning 4 of 5 throw-ins and scoring four straight goals from the field, all from 2017 scoring leader Sapo Caset. The onslaught from Tonkawa made it look like La Indiana was going to have a difficult time recovering.

From there on, it was a completely different game. La Indiana held Tonkawa scoreless in the second chukker and scored two goals (one from the field by Ruki Baillieu and one from the penalty line for Mike Azzaro) to cut the deficit in half.  For the next few chukkers it was a relatively even game. Tonkawa got more shot opportunities but couldn’t convert, making 3 of 8 shots over a stretch in the game. La Indiana, by contrast, struggled from the penalty line—only making 1 of their first 4 attempts—which seriously hindered their ability to get back in the game.

Julian Daniels

Costi Caset
Game report, stats and photographs provided by International Polo Club Palm Beach.

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