ERG and Restoration Hardware remain
undefeated in Pacific Coast Open
By Alex Webbe
Restoration Hardware (Ben Soleimani, Hilario Ulloa, Adam
Snow and Santi Von Wernich) struggled with a talented Lucchese (Andres Weisz,
Tavi Usandizaga, Pelon Stirling and John Muse) polo team in the Thursday
morning in the opening match of the second round of play in the 2013 Bombardier
Pacific Coast Open on the Piocho Polo Field before racking up a 13-11 win.
Restoration Hardware Adam Snow and team captain Ben Soleimani
scored single goals in the first chukker for a 2-0 lead. Lucchese was unable to get on the scoreboard
and trailed by two to start the match.
Second period play saw the two teams exchanging goals with
Santi Von Wernich scoring a goal from the field and Hilario Ulloa converting a
40-yard penalty shot to put Restoration Hardware in the lead, 4-0. Lucchese 10-goaler Pelon Stirling and
teammate Tavi Usandizaga responded with goals, but Restoration Hardware left
the field at the end of the chukker with a 4-2 advantage.
Lucchese clawed their way back into the game in the third
period. Usandizaga and Stirling scored
two goals each while a coordinated defense kept Restoration Hardware from
scoring from the field. Restoration
Hardware was held to a pair of penalty conversions from Ulloa. At the end of the first half it was all even
Ulloa gave Restoration Hardware the lead with the opening
goal of the second half, 7-6, but Lucchese seemed to have found their
rhythm. Two more goals from Stirling
(one on a penalty shot) and a goal from the field from Andres Weisz had
Lucchese taking the lead after the fourth chukker, 9-7.
Restoration Hardware wasted little time in bursting the
Lucchese bubble as the fifth chukker got underway. Ulloa scored three times (once on a 40-yard
penalty conversion) and Snow added a goal.
The Lucchese attack dried up and Restoration Hardware recaptured the
lead, 11-9 with one chukker left in regulation play.
Single goals from Weisz and Stirling were countered by a pair
of penalty goals from Ulloa as Lucchese suffered their second consecutive loss,
Ulloa scored five of his game-high nine goals on penalty
conversions. Snow added two goals while
Von Wernich and Soleimani added single goals for the victory. Stirling scored six times (twice on penalty
shots) in the Lucchese loss. Usandizaga
added three goals and Weisz scored twice.
ERG 14, CATAMONT 4
ERG (Scott Wood, Sugar Erskine, Jeff Blake and Paco De
Narvaez) took Scott Devonâ€™s team to the woodshed Friday afternoon on the ERG
field, scoring a humiliating 14-4 win over a frustrated Catamount (Scott Devon,
Brandon Phillips, Julio Gracida and Mike Azzaro) lineup.
First chukker goals from Jeff Blake, Sugar Erskine and Paco
de Narvaez were answered by a single goal from Mike Azzaro in the opening seven
minutes of the game. Catamount found
themselves trailing by two goals, 3-1.
Second chukker goals from Julio Gracida and Brandon Phillips
tied the score at 3-3. Erskineâ€™s second
goal of the match pushed ERG ahead by one goal, 4-3, to end the chukker.
Third chukker goals from Erskine and de Narvaez went
unanswered with ERG extending their lead to three goals, 6-3, to end the first
ERG scored three more goals as Catamount was unable to mount
any successful attacks in the fourth.
For the second consecutive period Catamount was unable to score, and now
trailed by six goals, 9-3.
The fifth period looked like more of the same as an impotent
Catamount defense was unable to slow down the ERG attack. Two goals from Blake and Erskineâ€™s fifth goal
of the game had ERG distancing themselves from Catamount, 12-3. A single goal from Phillips kept Catamount
from being shutout, but they feel further behind, 12-4.
A 30-yard penalty shot from Erskine and a goal from the
field from de Narvaez were the only goals scored in the final chukker of
play. Catamount was held scoreless for
the third time in six chukkers and suffered a humbling 14-4 beat down.
Erskine was credited with six goals (one on a penalty
conversion). De Narvaez scored five
times and Blake added three goals in the ERG win. Phillips scored twice for Catamount. Gracida and Azzaro added single goals in a
LA HERRADURA 10, FMB
La Herradura (Alvaro Fernandez, Marianito Obregon, Memo
Gracida, Carlos Gracida) watched FMB (Dan Walker, Inaki Laprida, Lucas Criado
and Henry Walker) score first, but rebounded to take a 7-4 halftime lead on
their way to a 10-8 win.
Lucas Criado scored the first goal of the game, but La
Herradura responded in force. Single
goals from Marianito Obregon, Carlos Gracida (penalty goal), Alvaro Fernandez and
Memo Gracida gave them a 4-1 advantage after the opening chukker, a lead they
would hold throughout the course of the game.
Obregon scored from the field and Carlos Gracida converted
another 30-yard penalty shot for La Herradura.
Criado added two goals (one on a 40-yard penalty shot) with La Herradura
maintaining their three goals lead, 6-3.
Well-coordinated defensive efforts held down the scoring in
the third chukker. Criado scored his
fourth goal of the game while Carlos Gracida converted his third penalty shot
for a goal. After three chukkers, La
Herradura continued to lead by three goals, 7-4.
Second half action saw Criado and Memo Gracida exchange
goals. The three goal La Herradura lead
was intact at the end of the fourth chukker, 8-5.
A fifth period goal from Criado, 8-6, was answered by single
goals from Memo Gracida and Obregon. The
La Herradura lead had been expanded to four goals, 10-6, with one chukker left
La Herradura were content to let up a bit in the final chukker,
allowing single goals from Inaki Laprida and Criado as they held on for a 10-8
Criado led all scoring with seven goals, Laprida added a
goal for the loss. A balanced La
Herradura attack had Obregon, Carlos and Memo Gracida scoring three goals
apiece (all three of Carlosâ€™s goals came on penalty shots). Fernandez added a goal for the victory.
The win kept La Herradura alive in the race for the Pacific
Coast Open title with a 1-1 record. FMB
fell to 1-1 with the loss. ERG and
Restoration Hardware remained perfect at 2-0 while Catamount and Lucchese sunk
Pacific coast Open play will resume on Sunday, August 25
with ERG (2-0) facing La Herradura (1-1) at 10AM; Restoration Hardware (2-0)
will take on Catamount (0-2) at 1PM; followed by a battle between FMB (1-1) and
Lucchese (0-2) in the 3PM match.