Mt. Airy/Willow Farm Charges Past Valiente/Blanco 11-8
By Alex Webbe
Valiente/Blanco looked to have everything going its way Sunday afternoon, scoring three unanswered goals in the opening two chukkers of play with Mt. Airy/Willow Farm in the 2011 Intercoastal Challenge 12-goal Pro-Am at the International Polo Club.
First chukker goals by Jeff Blake and Zenon Cardoner went unanswered by an impotent Mt. Airy/Willow Farm foursome, and another goal from Blake in the second seemed to go unnoticed as Valiente/Blanco took an early 3-0 lead, but that all changed in the third.
Brandon Phillips exploded for three goals and fed the ball forward to teammates Adrian Wade and Garrick Steele as the Mt. Airy/Willow Farm attack got on track.
Steele and Mike Egan added goals in the third chukker as Mt. Airy/Willow Farm quickly erased the earlier deficit and ended the first half with a 5-3 advantage.
Valiente/Blanco bounced back with three consecutive goals in the fourth as Bob Jornayvaz, Cardoner and Blake added goals to the team total. The chukker ended with Valiente/Blanco holding on to a precarious 6-5 lead.
Cardoner added two more goals in the fifth, but Mt. Airy/Willow Farm was ready. Egan and Steele scored on penalty shots and Wade added a goal from the field. Mt. Airy/Willow Farm tied it up at 8-8 as the chukker ended.
The final chukker belonged to Mt. Airy/Willow Farm as they rode roughshod over Valiente/Blanco. Two goals from Wade and another penalty goal from Steele sealed the deal. Mt. Airy/Willow Farm rode away with the 11-8 victory.
â€œWe didnâ€™t get off to a good start,â€ admits Mt. Airy/Willow Farm 5-goaler Brandon Phillips, â€œbut we got it together in the third chukker and finished up the last two chukkers with a rush.â€
Mt. Airy/Willow Farm outscored Valiente/Blanco 6-2 in the last two chukkers with a balanced attack that saw every member of the team score.
â€œEveryone scored because everyone contributed,â€ said Phillips. Our offense finally got on track and our defense stiffened as the game wore on. It was a great team victory.â€
JAN PAMELA/LITTLE OWL 8, EFG BANK 4
The highlight of the morning contest for the EFG Bank team might have been the appearance of â€œAmericaâ€™s Most Wantedâ€ host John Walsh as the previously undefeated team fell to Jan Pamela/Little Owl 8-4 in Intercoastal Challenge play.
An opening chukker accident that had horse and rider (Argentine 6-goaler Martin Espain) crashing to the ground had the EFG Bank team scrambling for a replacement player, and coming up with 4-goaler Jose Villamil.
As play continued, the EFG Bank team put together a three goal attack in the second with Villamil picking up a pair of goals from the field with Josh Shelton adding a goal as well.
Joe Wayne Barry scored the only goal of the first two chukkers for Jan Pamela/Little Owl as they went into the third chukker trailing 3-1.
Jan Pamela/Little Owl picked up the pace in the third, outscoring EFG Bank 2-0 on goals from Wayne Garrison and Steve Dalton and tying the score at 3-3 at the end of the first half.
The Jan Pamela/Little Owl went into overdrive for the balance of the match, pitching shutout chukkers in the fourth and fifth as they ran the score up to 6-3.
J. P. Uihlein picked p a pair of goals and Garrison added another as Jan Pamela/Little Owl continued to outgun the EFG Bank team
Villamil finally broke the EFG Bank scoreless streak by getting on the scoreboard in the sixth, but a penalty conversion by Dalton and a final goal by Garrison had Jan Pamela/Little Owl keeping its perfect record in tack with the 8-4 win.
Garrison led the Jan Pamela/Little Owl team with three goals. Uihlein and Dalton scored two goals apiece and Barry added a goal from the field.
Villamil scored three times for EFG Bank and Josh Shelton added a goal in a losing effort, with John Walsh and Max Secunda appearing on the EFG Bank team for the first time this season.
EFG Bank (2-1) and Jan Pamela/Little Owl (3-0) will face one another in next weekâ€™s finals on Sunday, January 30 while Mt. Airy/Willow Farm and Valiente/Blanco will meet in the Intercoastal Challenge consolation match.