Roccoâ€™s Tacos Score 11-5 Win
Over Pony Express
By Alex Webbe
Two goals by handicap and a balanced scoring attack by
Roccoâ€™s Tacos (2-0) resulted in an 11-5 win over a talented Pony Express (0-2)
team that just couldnâ€™t coordinate its attack in the second round of the Grand
Champions Polo Clubâ€™s Spring Challenge Cup.
Roccoâ€™s Tacos charged out of the gate in the opening chukker
scoring the first goals of the game for a 6-0 lead (2 goals by handicap) as a
smother defense kept Pony Express off the board.
Pony Express found its defense in the second chukker
shutting the door on the Roccoâ€™s Tacos attack, but had trouble converting on
several well-organized runs at goal. J.
J. Celis connected on the only goal of the chukker to trail 6-1.
Brad Blake opened the scoring in the third period with a
goal, but consecutive goals from Juan Bollini and Diego Arellano kept Roccoâ€™s
Tacos comfortably on top at the end of the first half, 8-2.
â€œI donâ€™t believe itâ€, said 5-goaler Brandon Phillips from
the sidelines, â€œPony Express tore up the field in its last game, just barely
losing to Black Watch. I donâ€™t know
whatâ€™s going on with them today.â€
The fourth chukker was all Roccoâ€™s Tacos with Kris Kampsen
adding his second and third goal and Bollini notching his third as well. The scoring drought continued for Pony
Express, who now trailed 11-2.
Bob Daniels and his Pony Express returned to the field with
a little more offensive punch in the fifth period, as John Gobin scored
consecutive goals. The Pony Express
defense did its job as well, shutting out Roccoâ€™s Tacos, and cutting the lead
For the second consecutive chukker Pony Express kept Roccoâ€™s
Tacos from scoring but it continued to struggle with its attack, managing only
a single goal from Gobin to end the game with Roccoâ€™s Tacos scoring the 11-5
Bollini, Kampsen and Arellano scored three goals apiece and
Roccoâ€™s Tacos got two goals by handicap.
John Gobin led the Pony Express scoring with three
goals. J. J. Celis and Brad Blake each
scored a goal in the loss.
BLACK WATCH 10,
NEWPORT 9 OT
Goals from Neil Hirsch and Martin Pepa put Black Watch (2-0)
ahead in the opening chukker 2-1.
Newport received one goal by handicap but wasnâ€™t able to help themselves
in a scoreless opening period.
Pepa opened the second chukker with a goal but was countered
by scores from Newportâ€™s Gene Goldstein and Marc Ganzi, tying the game at 3-3.
Goldstein put Newport on top, 4-3 but Gonzalo Del Tour took
the ensuing throw-in and raced to goal to knot it at 4-4. Newport and Black Watch battled up and down
the field for the remainder of the chukker, but the first half ended in a tie.
Goldstein opened the second half with a tie-breaking
goal, but Del Tour evened it again for Black Watch. Newportâ€™s Tommy Biddle scored his first goal
of the match for a brief
lead, but was answered by another tying goal from Pepa. With 45 seconds left in the chukker, Brandon
Phillips put Newport on top 7-6, and the chukker ended.
Black Watch tied it again, 7-7, on a goal from Pepa. A goal from Hector Galindo put Black Watch on
top, 8-7 before Biddleâ€™s second goal evened it again at 8-8.
Pepaâ€™s fifth goal of the game had Black Watch taking a 9-8
lead, but Biddle broke through the Black Watch defense to score the game-tying
goal and force overtime.
Black Watch opened the overtime period with a rush toward
the Newport goal. With Galindo in front
of the goal, the whistle sounded, and Hector converted the Penalty 2 for the
Pepa led all scoring with five goals. Teammates Galindo and Del Tour scored two goals
apiece and Hirsch added a goal in the win.
Biddle and Goldstein each scored three goals for
Newport. Phillips and Ganzi added single
Action will continue on Friday, June 6th
when Roccoâ€™s Tacos (2-0) meets Black Watch (2-0) at 10 AM. Newport will play Pony Express at 4 PM.