Mannix goal lifts
Flight Options in OT win; Orchard Hill rolls over Audi
By Alex Webbe
Melissa Ganziâ€™s Flight Options team (Melissa Ganzi, Fred
Mannix, Miguel Astrada and Juan Bollini) needed an overtime goal from Fred
Mannix, 9-8, to make it into the finals of the Bobby Barry Cup while Orchard
Hill steamrolled Audi, 13-6, for the other spot.
Miguel Astrada scored the opening goal on a penalty shot for
Flight Options followed by a goal from teammate Juan Bollini for the early 2-0
lead. Agustin Merlos responded with a
goal for El Cabure, 2-1, but Astrada closed out the chukker with a goal from
the field for a 3-1 advantage.
Consecutive goals from Merlos and Carlucho Arellano tied it
up at 3-3. Astradaâ€™s third goal of the
game ended the chukker with Flight Options leading, 4-3.
El Cabure got two goals from Merlos in the third while
holding Flight Options scoreless. At the
end of the first half, El Cabure held a narrow 5-4 lead.
El Cabure team captain Federico Virasoro scored to move his
team ahead by two goals in the fourth, 6-4.
Fred Mannix cut the lead back to a single goal, 6-5, and teammate
Astrada had it all even with his fourth goal on the day, 6-6.
Defense was the priority for both sides in the fifth and
both offenses were blanked. At the end
of the fifth chukker the score remained the same, 6-6.
Astrada opened the sixth with a go-ahead goal, 7-6. Merlos converted a 40-yard penalty shot for a
goal, and another 7-7 stalemate.
Arellanoâ€™s second goal of the game had El Cabure back in the lead, but
Mannixâ€™s second goal of the game tied it up at 8-8 and forced an overtime
Mannix continued his hot hand as he rode into the
sudden-death overtime chukker. The
Canadian ace scored the winning goal, 9-8, on a well-executed neck shot near
the sideboards and about 30-yards from the end line.
Astrada led the Flight Options offense with five goals. Mannix added three goals and bolini added a
goal for the win. Merlos scored five
times for El Cabure. Arellano added two
goals and Virasoro scored once in a losing effort. The victory boosts Flight Options into Sundayâ€™s
Bobby Barry Cup finals.
ORCHARD HILL 13 AUDI
Five first half goals from Facundo Pieres carried Orchard
Hill (Steve Van Andel, Lucas Criado, Facundo Pieres and Marcos Alberdi) to an
8-3 lead after the opening three chukkers as they manhandled a sputtering Audi (Marc
Ganzi, Carlitos Gracida, Nic Roldan and Nico Pieres) defense, 13-6. The win earned them a berth in the Sunday final
of the Bobby Barry Cup where they will face Flight Options.
Audiâ€™s Nic Roldan scored the first goal of the game on a
penalty conversion, 1-0, before Orchard Hill could get their offense started. Consecutive goals from Facundo Pieres and Marcos
Alberdi gave them an opening 2-1 lead.
Roldan and Facundo Pieres traded goals in the second chukker
with Roldan scoring twice from the field while Facundo Pieres scored once from
the field and once on a penalty conversion.
After two chukkers of play Orchard Hill led by a goal, 4-3.
Orchard Hill took control of the game in the third. Two more goals from Facundo Pieres and single
goals from Lucas Criado and Alberdi went unanswered as Orchard Hill galloped
away from Audi at the end of the first half, 8-3.
Two more Orchard Hill goals in the fourth (Facundo Pieres
and Lucas Criado) had them leading by six goals, 10-4. Audi managed a single goal from Roldan (penalty
conversion), but had trouble coordinating its offense.
Audi started to turn things around in the fifth, holding
Orchard Hill scoreless for the first time all day. Audi picked up single goals from Roldan and Nico
Pieres, cutting the Orchard Hill lead to four goals, 10-6, but time was not on
their side. The Orchard Hill offense
woke up in time for the sixth as they reeled off three consecutive goals for
the 13-6 victory. Audi had no answers
and were unable to score for the second time on the dy.
Facundo Pieres was credited with seven goals. Criado and Alberdi each scored three
goals. Roldan scored five goals for Audi
(two on penalty conversions). Nico
Pieres scored the other goal for Audi, from the field.
Orchard Hill will meet Flight Options at noon on Sunday for
the final of the 2014 Joe Barry Memorial Cup.