Goldstein Scores Nine Goals in Win; Ganzi Carries Team to Finals
By Alex Webbe
Audi/Mt. Brilliant received two goals by handicap and quickly ran off with a 5-0 lead over Flat Out in the first round of the 2010 US Trust Cup at the Grand Champions Polo Club before taking a hard-fought 11-9 win.
First chukker goals from Lucas Lalor and Marc Ganzi had Audi/Mt. Brilliant up, 4-0 after the first seven minutes of play, and led 5-0 in the second, on another Ganzi goal, before Flat Out finally got on the scoreboard. Two goals from J. J. Celis cut the Audi/Mt. Brilliant lead to three goals, 5-2, at the end of the first period.
Two-goaler Paul Knapp scored his first goal of the game for Flat Out, but Ganzi answered with a goal for Audi/Mt. Brilliant. Brandon Phillips tacked on another Flat Out goal to end the chukker, and Audi/Mt. Brilliant left the field at the end of the first half with a 6-4 advantage.
Knappâ€™s second goal of the game opened the fourth chukker, and cut the Audi/Mt. Brilliant lead to a single goal, 6-5. Audi/Mt. Brilliant revved it up, and got two more goals from the field from Ganzi, ending the period with a three goal lead, 8-5.
The scoring went back and forth in the fifth, with Ganzi opening with a goal from the field. Flat Out responded with another goal from Knapp. Ganzi scored his seventh goal of the game, before Celis converted a penalty shot to end the chukker. Audi/Mt. Brilliant took a 10-7 lead to the sidelines with them.
Sugar Erskine put Audi/Mt. Brilliant up 11-7 in the final chukker of the game, but goals from Knapp and Phillips brought Flat Out to within a couple goals of the lead when time expired.
The win boosts Audi/Mt. Brilliant into Sundayâ€™s finals, while Flat Out will appear in the consolation match.
Ganzi led all scoring with seven goals. Erskine and Lalor scored single goals in the win, and Audi/Mt. Brilliant got two goals by handicap.
Knapp set the pace for Flat Out with four goals. Celis scored three times and Phillips added two goals in the loss.
NEWPORT/BARBAROSSA LEATHER 13, PIAGET 10
Earlier in the day, Gene Goldstein scored nine goals on the day as Newport/Barbarossa Leather took a 13-10 game from a talented Piaget foursome.
Piaget got two goals by handicap from the 16-goal Newport/Barbarossa Leather team, and ran it up to 3-0 on a goal from Melissa Ganzi before Newport/Barbarossa Leather responded. Hector Galindo answered first followed by three goals from Goldstein. The chukker ended with Newport/Barbarossa Leather holding on to a narrow 4-3 lead.
Ganzi scored two more goals in the second while the Piaget defense held Newport/Barbarossa Leather to a single goal from Goldstein. At the end of the second chukker it was all even, 5-5.
Piaget struggled with its offense in the third period while Newport/Barbarossa leather put up three unanswered goals. Leo Mandelbaum scored twice and Goldstein added another goal. Newport/Barbarossa Leather sat on top of an 8-5 lead at the end of the first half.
Goldsteinâ€™s sixth goal of the game had Newport/Barbarossa Leather up by four goals, 9-5 in the fourth before Piaget got its offense on track. Three unanswered goals from Melissa Ganzi got Piaget right back into it, and the chukker ended with Piaget trailing by a single goal, 9-8.
Goldstein stretched the Newport/Barbarossa Leather lead to three goals, 11-8, by scoring the first two goals of the fifth chukker. Ganzi responded for Piaget with her seventh goal of the game, but Piaget continued to trail, 11-9. Julio Ezcurra converted a penalty shot for Newport/Barbarossa Leather. Piagetâ€™s Kris Kampsen scored his first goal of the game to end the chukker with Newport/Barbarossa Leather on the winning side of a 12-10 score.
Piaget continued to press its attack, but it was Goldstein who scored the final goal of the game in the 13-10 victory.
Goldstein led all scoring with nine goals. Mandelbaum added two goals for the win while Ezcurra and Galindo scored single goals.
Melissa Ganziâ€™s seven goals led her Piaget team. Kampsen added a goal and Piaget received two goals by handicap.
The win pits Newport/Barbarossa Leather against Audi/Mt. Brilliant in Sundayâ€™s 1 pm finals of the 2010 US Trust Cup, while Flat Out will meet Piaget in the 10 am consolation match.