Sweeps Fall 20-goal Season with USPA National Twenty-Goal Win
Audi (Marc Ganzi, Carlitos Gracida, Nic Roldan and Carlos
Gracida) made a sweep of the fall 20-goal season at the Grand Champions Polo
Club with a 10-9 win over Piaget (Melissa Ganzi, Jeff Hall, Juan Bollini and
Juan Badiola) in the finals of the USPA National Twenty-Goal tournament Sunday
afternoon in front of an enthusiastic local crowd (Audi won the 20-goal USPA
North America Cup just a week earlier).
Carlitos Gracida scored the first goal of the game for
Audi, but Juan Bollini responded with a goal from the field. Marc Ganzi converted a penalty shot for a
goal for Piaget for a 2-1 first period lead.
Second chukker play saw Audi take control of the game
from Piaget and put three goals on the scoreboard. Nic Roldan scored a goal from the field and
teammate Carlos Gracida scored twice, once on a penalty shot. Jeff Hall accounted for the only Piaget goal
of the period as they trailed 5-2.
Audi riddled the Piaget defense in the third, scoring
three consecutive goals to move in front by a commanding 8-2 score. Carlitos Gracida scored twice and Roldan
added another goal for the Audi team.
Juan Badiola kept Piaget from being shutout with a single goal from the
Hall opened the second half with a goal for Piaget, but
Carlos Gracida answered back for Audi.
The period came to an end with Audi on top of a 9-4 score.
Piaget made things interesting in the fifth period. They scored three unanswered goals and cut
the Audi lead to a manageable two goals, 9-7.
Bollini added a goal and Hall scored twice (one on a penalty
Hall cut the Audi lead to a single goal, 9-8, with his
fifth goal of the match in the sixth.
Audi team captain Marc Ganzi drove the ball through the Piaget goal
posts for a 10-8 lead. Bollini scored
the final goal of the game for Piaget, but time ran out and Roldan drove the
ball into the sideboards to end the game with a 10-9 Audi win.
Carlos Gracida and Carlitos Gracida led the Audi attack
with three goals apiece. Marc Ganzi and
Roldan each scored twice in the victory.
Hallâ€™s five goals led all scoring on the day. Bollini added three goals and Badiola scored
once in a losing effort.
Hall of Famer Carlos Gracida was named MVP for his
efforts while Sweet Greeting, an eight-year-old Bay Thoroughbred mare owned by
Melissa Ganzi and played by Juan Badiola took Best Playing Pony honors.