outlasts KIG 7-5 in Hampton Cup Play
By Alex Webbe
â€œIt was just
one of those kinds of games,â€ said MVP Kris Kampsen after his Equuleus team eked
out a 7-5 win over KIG in first round action at the Bridgehampton Polo Clubâ€™s
2011 Hampton Cup.
â€œThey (KIG) must
have had over a dozen knock-ins,â€ Kampsen added, indicating the number of times
he and his Equuleus teammates shot at the KIG goal and missed.
started slow, with both teams focusing on defense, and didnâ€™t pick up too much
after a scoreless opening chukker.
Kampsen had an opportunity to score early but missed a 40-yard penalty
shot. â€œI just shanked it,â€ he said.
scored twice from the field in the second while the Equuleus defense held KIG
to a single goal from Luis Escobar.
After two chukkers Equuleus guarded a narrow 2-1 lead.
Dorignac put KIG ahead, 3-2 in the third, scoring twice from the field. Kampsen nailed the final goal of the chukker,
however, and the teams left the field at the end of the first half in a 3-3
â€œWe had a
couple of opportunities,â€ said Escobar. â€œWe
had our chances but just didnâ€™t convert them.â€
Equuleus back on top again in the fourth with a penalty conversion while
shutting down the KIG attack, and the low-scoring affair continued with
Equuleus boasting an anemic 4-3 advantage going into the fifth period of play.
alive in the fifth chukker getting a tying goal from Nacho Figueras, 4-4, and a
go-ahead goal from Dorignac, 5-4.
Kampsen came to the rescue once again with his fifth goal of the game
and knotted it up at 5-5 as the period ended.
chukker goal from Kampsen had Equuleus on top, 6-5, as KIG pressed its
â€œWe came so
close to tying it up,â€ said Escobar. â€œThe
ball actually hit the goal posts and sat there, a foot away from the goal line
before it was cleared,â€ he said.
A reverse of
fortunes resulted in Mariano Gonzalez carrying the ball down the field for the
final goal of the game, giving Equuleus the 7-5 win.
all scorers with six goals for Equuleus and received MVP honors for his
efforts. Gonzalez added a single goal in
scored three times for KIG. Figueras and
Escobar added single goals in a losing effort.
Escobarâ€™s Julieta was named Best Playing Pony.