Monday Matches at IPC
With a spot in the quarter-finals of the USPA Gold Cup® on the line, Equuleus defeated Santa Clara 9-6, while earlier in the day Postage Stamp Farm claimed the 11-10 victory over Coca-Cola at the International Polo Club Palm Beach.
A must-win game for both teams, Equuleus used an organized attack that produced 11 shots from Magoo and Ignacio Laprida, while Mariano Gonzalez effectively manned the back of the game. Santa Clara had their opportunities, but inaccurate 19% shooting proved to be the difference. Equuleus grabbed the early leadwith field goals from Ignacio Laprida and Gonzalez, while keeping Santa Clara off the scoresheet with an organized defence. Santa Clara were able to remain in the game, due to foul trouble from Equuleus resulting in two penalty goals for Ignacio Toccalino. With little offense produced and missed opportunities on both sides of the ball, the low-scoring game saw Equuleus hold the 5-3 lead at halftime.
Three more missed shots for Santa Clara, brought their accuracy to just 1 for 10 from the field, allowing Equuleus to extend their lead further in the fourth chukker. Milo Dorignac, substituting for Joe DiMenna scored his first goal of the game to give Equuleus the three-goal advantage with just two chukkers remaining. Finding his moment to come from the back of the game, Luis Escobar scored consecutive goals in the fifth chukker, but the inability of Santa Clara to convert their additional chances became a factor late in the game. Increased discipline from Equuleus in the final chukker, kept the result in open play, with Ignacio Laprida’s third goal of the game sealing the victory and sending Equuleus into the quarter-finals.
A closely, fought game had Postage Stamp claim an early lead with accurate passing from Mariano Aguerre leading the way, assisting on both goals from Valerio Zubiaurre in the opening chukker. A step behind, Coca-Cola failed to score and found themselves trailing by four goals after the first seven minutes. After the dynamic first chukker, Postage Stamp Farm struggled to maintain possession during the rest of the half, committing multiple turnovers that Coca-Cola used to start their attack. Coca-Cola quickly responded with a 4-0 chukker of their own, with two goals each from Ignacio Novillo Astrada and Gillian Johnston. Finishing the half with six unanswered goals, Coca-Cola dominated play with Astrada coming forward with accuracy to give Coca-Cola the 6-4 lead.
After two scoreless chukkers, Valerio Zubiaurre brought Postage Stamp Farm back into the game with three goals over the next two chukkers to pull his team back into the lead. Foul trouble hampered Coca-Cola’s chances late in the game, committing nine fouls over the fourth and fifth chukkas, conceding five penalty goals to Postage Stamp Farm. Consecutive goals from Coca-Cola tied the game at 10-10, leaving the result to the final seconds of the game. Astrada took the ball of his team’s goal line with less than 30 seconds left, but it was Mariano Aguerre who jumped on the loose ball and finding the goal as time expired to give Postage Stamp Farm their first victory of the season.