Lucchese and Lechuza Caracas
Pick Up Ylvisaker Cup Wins
February 1, 2013 - Wellington FL
By Alex Webbe
LUCCHESE 10, AUDI 9
Muse’s Lucchese team took the field Friday afternoon
to face Audi in the opening round of play in the 20-goal
Ylvisaker Cup at Wellington’s International Polo
Club, and walked away a 10-9 winner in a hard-fought
Lucchese took early control of the game as Sebastian
Merlos scored a pair of first chukker goals while Audi
was unable to mount an effective opening period attack.
Audi trailed 2-0 after the first seven minutes of play.
Both teams were miserly in their defensive efforts
with Lucchese’s Kris Kampsen being allowed the
only goal from the field in the second period. A foul
committed by Audi n the goal mouth had the officials
award a goal to the Lucchese team for a 4-0 lead.
Audi finally got on track in the third with Nic Roldan
scoring in the opening twenty seconds of play. Four
minutes later Roldan converted a penalty shot for a
goal and Audi cut the Lucchese lead to two goals, 4-2.
Merlos scored his third goal of the game in the final
minute of the chukker and Audi found themselves on the
losing side of a 5-2 halftime score.
The second half opened with both teams showing aggressive
offenses that resulted in goals. Kampsen was credited
with two goals from the field and a penalty conversion
and teammate Andres Weisz scored on a goal from the
field as well. Audi got two goals from Nico Pieres and
one from Roldan. The fourth period ended with Lucchese
extending its lead to four goals, 9-5.
Audi continued to press the attack and Lucchese, for
the most part, did its job defending. Roldan converted
a pair of penalty shots for goals while Merlos managed
a single goal on a penalty shot for Lucchese. At the
end of five, Lucchese held a 10-7 advantage.
Audi pulled out all the stops in the final chukker
of the match. In the opening minute, a Lucchese penalty
sent Roldan to the foul line where he converted the
shot for a goal. Less than three minutes later Roldan
scored from the field to cut the Lucchese lead to a
single goal, 10-9. Audi continued to press the Lucchese
defenders and they continued to come up strong. Kampsen’s
efforts at defending the talented Roldan may well have
been the difference in the match as time and again he
frustrated the Audi 8-goaler, limiting him to only three
goals from the field on the day. The final horn sounded
and Lucchese rode off with the 10-9 win.
Kampsen and Merlos scored four goals apiece for Lucchese;
Weisz added a goal and the team received one goal on
a Penalty 1. Roldan set the pace for Audi with seven
goals on the day, four on penalty shots. Pieres added
two goals in a losing effort.
here for game photos by Alex Pacheco
LECHUZA CARACAS 8, FARAWAY POLO
8-6 winning score for Lechuza Caracas in its win over
Faraway Polo belied the intensity of the match or the
number of horse races from one end of the field to the
other in an effort to score, but it was Lechuza Caracas,
to be sure, that rode off with the win.
Despite a revamped lineup that included Argentine 8-goaler
Polito Pieres and 5-goaler Carlos Avendano, goals were
hard to come by in the opening chukkers. In the first
two periods, Faraway Polo was held scoreless and Lechuza
Caracas managed just two goals as shots at goal went
wide and attacks were defused at the last minute by
Victor Vargas scored the opening goal and the only
goal of the opening chukker. Polito Pieres accounted
for the only goal in the second as Lechuza Caracas built
up a humble 2-0 lead.
The two teams erupted for six gals n the third chukker,
with Pieres converting three penalty shots for goals
and Faraway Polo’s Santiago Chavanne responding
with one penalty goal and two goals from the field.
The first half ended with Lechuza Caracas on top, 5-3.
Although the intensity increased, for the balance of
the game the teams were held to single goals in each
of the three remaining chukkers.
Pieres and Chavanne (penalty goals) exchanged goals
in the fourth with Chavanne converting a penalty shot
for a goal while Vargas scored a goal from the field.
Vargas scored his third goal of the game in the final
chukker. Pelon Escapite scored the final goal of the
game, cutting the Lechuza Caracas lead back to two goals,
but time expired before Faraway Polo could get another
run at the Lechuza Caracas goal, falling 8-6.
Pieres registered five goals for Lechuza Caracas, two
from the field and three on penalty shots. Vargas added
three goals in the win.
Chavanne led the Faraway Polo attack with five goals,
four on penalty conversions. Escapite added a goal in
a losing effort.
Ylvisaker Cup action will continue on Saturday, February
2 with a 1pm match featuring ERG and Villa Del Lago
followed by a 3pm contest between Valiente and Orchard
here for game photos by Alex Pacheco