from Brandon Phillips rally Goose Creek to a 13-9 win
By Alex Webbe
Goose Creek scored an unlikely come-from â€“behind win over
Tonchala/ART Friday afternoon in the International Polo Club USPA 8-goal Presidentâ€™s
Cup Qualifier. The victory will place Goose
Creek in Sundayâ€™s 10 am finals against Lazy P (a 17-5 winner over Duck Hill).
Tonchala/ART took an early 2-0 lead with Sergio Silvestre
converting a penalty shot and Gilberto Junqueira adding a goal from the
field. A disciplined defense kept Goose
Creek off of the scoreboard and Tonchala/ART left the field with a 2-0
Two more Tonchala/ART goals came from Eduardo Barco in the
second, but Goose Creekâ€™s Brandon Phillips kept them from being shut out for
the second straight chukker by scoring from the field. Tonchala/ART continued to be in control of a
Phillips opened the third chukker with a goal from the field
before converting a 60-yard penalty shot to cut the Tonchala/ART lead down to a
single goal, 4-3. Junqueira closed out
the chukker with a penalty goal of his own for a 5-3 halftime lead.
The two teams exchanged goals in the fourth, with Phillips
adding two more for Goose Creek while Silvestre scored once from the field and
once on a penalty shot. Tonchala/ART
stayed in front, 7-5.
A refreshed Goose Creek team took the field in the fifth and
shut out the Tonchala/ART offense while piling up four goals of their own. Hayden Walsh tallied his first goal of the
game followed by a goal from the field from Matt Coppola that tied it up at
7-7. Phillips added a pair as well,
scoring once from the field and once on a penalty shot, and Goose Creek would
be taking a 9-7 lead into the final period of play.
Phillips made good on a 40-yard penalty shot to open the
sixth and added a goal from the field as Goose Creek moved ahead, 11-7. Silvestre converted a penalty shot, but
Coppola and Walsh responded with single goals to give Goose Creek a five goals
lead, 13-8, with time running out. A
final penalty goal from Silvestre ended the game with Goose Creek celebrating
the 13-9 win.
Phillips led all scoring with nine goals. Coppola and Walsh added two goals apiece for
Silvestre set the pace for Tonchala/ART with five
goals. Junqueira and Barco added two
goals each in a losing effort.