Equus & Company wins Wanderers Classic opener

& Company scores 13-11 win in Wanderers Classic opener

Alex Webbe

Equus & Company (Matt Coppola, Jared Zenni, Matias
Obregon and Ulysses Escapite) received one goal by handicap overcame but fell
behind 3-1 in the early goings of the first chukker of Saturday’s opening game
of the 2013 Wanderers Classic 14-goal competition before rallying for a 13-11

Floridian Community Bank (Gabriel Crespo, Diego Arellano,
Whistle Uys and Stevie Orthwein) spotted the 13-goal Equus & Company team a
goal but struck quickly, scoring two goals in the opening 90 seconds of play with
Whistle Uys taking the opening throw-in down the field for the first goal and
Stevie Orthwein replicating the same play on the ensuing throw-in for a 2-1
lead.  A penalty conversion from Orthwein
had Floridian Community Bank on top 3-1 when Equus & company responded.  Goals from the field from Matias Obregon and
Matt Coppola had it all even at 3-3 as the chukker ended.

Diego Arellano scored his first goal of the day to give Floridian
Community Bank a 4-3 advantage in the opening minutes of the second
chukker.  Obregon answered with a goal
from Equus & Company, but a second goal from Arellano put Floridian
Community Bank on top, 5-4 after two periods.

Gabriel Crespo opened the third chukker with a goal for Floridian
Community Bank, 6-4, but Jared Zenni kept Equus & Company close with his
first goal of the match.  Orthwein and
Zenni exchanged goals as Floridian Community Bank struggled to maintain its
lead, 7-6.  Coppola scored the tying goal
for Equus & Company, 7-7.

Ulysses Escapite got into the scoring column for Equus
& Company as the second half got underway, giving them their first lead of
the day, 8-7.  Uys retaliated for Floridian
Community Bank with a tying goal, 8-8. 
Orthwein closed out the scoring in the chukker with his third goal for a
9-8 advantage.

Orthwein stretched the Floridian Community Bank lead to
two goals, 10-8, as he converted a penalty shot.  Goals from Zenni (penalty conversion) and
Escapite tied it up at 10-10 to end the chukker.

Obregon scored the first goal of the sixth chukker from
the field for the one goal lead, 11-10, but Uys kept Floridian Community Bank
in it with his third goal of the morning, 11-11.  Just moments later, a foul near the Floridian
Community Bank put Escapite at the penalty line where he converted the go-ahead
goal.  Zenni iced the cake with his
fourth goal of the game for the 13-11 victory.

Orthwein led all scoring with five goals (two on penalty
shots).  Uys scored three times and
Arellano added two goals.  Crespo was
credited with a single goal in the loss.

Zenni led the Equus & Company attack with four goals
(one on a penalty shot).  Orthwein and
Escapite registered three goals apiece and Coppola scored twice in the win.

Wanderers Classic play will continue on Wednesday, January
9th at 10 am when Tonkawa (0-0) will open their season against Floridian
Community Bank (0-1).