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In a game that mattered little in the US Open playoff picture, the 2014 defending US Open championship Alegria team salvaged a little pride in a 10-5 win over Audi in the second match of the day.

10 Apr 2015 0 comment   Paola A Maldonado Máquin
POLITO PIERES, ORCHARD HILL TEAM POLITO PIERES, ORCHARD HILL TEAM ALEX PACHECO

 

Alegria’s Sterling Giannico scored the only goal of the first chukker, 1-0, after over four minutes of action, as team play was noticeably absent on both sides of the ball.

The blistering pace of the Audi team was nowhere to be found in the second chukker, either, with Alegria team captain Julian Mannix converting a pair of 40-yard penalty goals while Audi suffered through their second consecutive scoreless chukker to fall behind, 3-0.

Argentine 9-goaler Hilario Ulloa made it 4-0, Alegria, with his first goal of the game midway through the third with Rodrigo Andrade finally getting Audi on the scoreboard with a goal from the field in the final 50 seconds of the first half.  After three chukkers Alegria left the field with the 4-1 lead.

Giannico scored his second goal of the game in the opening seconds of the second half to stretch the Alegria lead to four goals, 5-1.  Pieres cut the lead back to three goals, 5-2, with his second goal of the day.  Ulloa and Julian Mannix scored the final two goals of the period with Alegria leaving the field on top of a7-2 score.

Penalty goals were the fare of the fifth chukker, with Pieres scoring twice from the 30-yard line for Audi.  Mannix converted a shot from the 30-yard line for Alegria who continued to lead, 8-4.

An uneventful final chukker had Alegria picking up goals from Ulloa and Giannico.  Marc Ganzi scored Audi’s final goal in a 10-5 Alegria win.

Julian Mannix led the Alegria attack with four goals (three from the penalty line).  Ulloa and Giannico scored three goals apiece.  Pieres scored two of his three goals for Audi on penalty shots. Andrade and Ganzi each scored once in the loss.

In spite of the win, Alegria, last year’s US Open winner was eliminated.  Audi had already captured their bracket, and earned a berth in Wednesday’s semifinals.

 

In the opening game of the day Orchard Hill rallied from a 6-5 deficit to score an 11-10 win over Coca-Cola, but they needed a little help in the final seconds of the game to do it.

Orchard Hill’s Polito Pieres scored the opening goal of the game at the 6:12 mark for the early lead, 1-0, but Coca-Cola team captain Gillian Johnston answered back-to- back goals just minutes later to move ahead,  2-1.  Julio Arellano converted a 60-yard penalty shot to make it 3-1 and Sugar Erskine kept the ball rolling for Coca-Cola for a three goal lead, 4-1, with 1:20 on the clock.  Gallego Ferrario found himself on the end of a well-placed scoring pass from Polito Pieres in the final seconds of the chukker, but it was Coca-Cola on top of a 4-2 score.

Second chukker goals from Facundo Pieres (30-yard penalty conversion) and Polito Pieres tied the game at 4-4.  Erskine got the lead back for Coca-Cola when he deflected a penalty shot by teammate Arellano through the goalposts for the final score of the chukker, 5-4.

Defenses tightened in the third.  Johnston scored her third goal of the game for Coca-Cola, 6-4, with Facundo Pieres answering back with a 30-yard penalty conversion for the only other score in the chukker.  At the end of the first half, Coca-Cola held a fragile 6-5 advantage over Orchard Hill.

The Orchard Hill defense stepped it up in the fourth as they managed to shut down the Coca-Cola attack.  Facundo Pieres converted a 60-yard penalty shot to tie it at 6-6 and then put Orchard Hill on top with a goal from the field to close out the chukker on top of a 7-6score.

The battle raged into the fifth with the two teams matching one another goal for goal.  Ferrario scored on a pin-point pass from Facundo Pieres in the opening seconds of the chukker, 8-6.  Arellano countered with a 30-yard penalty goal, 8-7.  Facundo Pieres added a goal from the field for Orchard Hill, 9-7, with Arellano cutting the Orchard Hill lead back to a single goal with the final goal of the chukker, 9-8.

Polito Pieres opened the final period of regulation play with a goal from the field just two minutes into the chukker, 10-8.  Erskine responded for Coca-Cola with his third goal of the day, 10-9.  Facundo Pieres scored with a brilliant effort with an opposing player trying to ride him off the play, 11-9, with two minutes on the clock.  A rush at the Orchard Hill goal had Pelon Stirling getting credit for the goal, cutting the Orchard Hill lead back to a single goal, 11-10 with 1:11 showing on the game clock.  With Coca-Cola pressing, a whistle sounded, awarding them a 30-yard penalty shot as the many spectators prepared for the tying score by Coca-Cola and an overtime chukker, but the unpredictable happened.  American 8-goaler Julio Arellano mishit the 30-yard penalty attempt, sending the ball wide of the goal and preserving the win for Orchard Hill, 11-10.

Facundo Pieres led the Orchard Hill scoring with six goals (three on penalty conversions).  Polito Pieres added three goals and Ferrario scored twice for the win.  Johnston, Erskine and Arellano scored three goals apiece for Coca-Cola (with two of Arellano’s goals coming on penalty shots).  Stirling was credited with one goal in the loss.

The victory has Orchard Hill winning their respective US Open bracket and earning a berth in the tournament semifinals on Wednesday. The loss sends Coca-Cola into Sunday’s quarterfinals.

Thanks a lot: Alex Webbe

PH: Alex Pacheco

Prof. Paola A Maldonado Maquin

             Journalist

 

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