By Alex Webbe
Murus Sanctus (Corinne Ricard, Hilario Ulloa, Facundo Sola and Martin Podesta) beat up on Sifani (Hilali Noordeen, John-Paul Clarkin, Julian de Lusarreta and Guillermo Terrera) 13-7 Tuesday afternoon as play continued in the 2017 Cartier Queens Cup at the Guards Polo Club. The win leveled the Murus Sanctus record at 1-1 as they handed Sifani (0-2) their second straight loss.
Guillermo Terrera scored the opening goal of the game to give Sifani their only lead of the game, 1-0, before Murus Sanctus stormed back. A penalty goal from Argentine 10-goaler Hilario Ulloa was followed by a goal from the field from Facundo Sola, allowing Murus Sanctus to leave the field at the end of the first chukker with a 2-1 advantage.
Ulloa drove the ball through the Sifani goalposts from over 100-yards out followed by goals from Corinne Ricard and Sola for a four goal, 5-1 lead. Julian de Lusarreta scored on a 40-yard penalty shot for Sifani, but a closing goal from Sola stretched the Murus Sanctus lead to four goals, 6-2.
Murus Sanctus elevated their defensive game in the third chukker as they shut down the Sifani attack. Ulloa scored his third goal of the day on aa steal and a run of over 200-ayrds, 7-2. Ulloa scored the closing goal of the period to end the first half with Murus Sanctus enjoying a six-goal lead, 8-2.
Ulloa added three more goals (one on a penalty shot) in the fourth period with team captain Ricard scoring for the second time on the day. Sifani responded with single goals from Terrera and J. P. Clarkin. The Murus Sanctus had grown to eight goals, 12-4, with just two periods remaining in regulation play.
Goals were hard to come by in the fifth period with several shots by both sides going wide of their respective goals. Midway through the chukker, Sola scored his fourth of the afternoon to out Murus Sanctus in the lead by nine goals, 13-4.
Sifani tried to recover the team play that was so prominent in their 11-8 win over La Bamba de Areco (Jean Francois Decaux, Diego Cavanagh, Magoo Laprida and Rodrigo Rueda, Jr.), putting up the final three goals of the match, but it wasn’t nearly enough as Murus Sanctus coasted to a 13-7 victory.
Ulloa led all scoring with seven goals. Sola scored four times and Ricard added two goals for the win. Terrera and de Lusarreta scored three goals apiece for Sifani with Clarkin accounting for one goal in the loss.
Three games are on tap for Wednesday beginning with a noon contest between Monterosso (Alessandro Bazzoni, Ignacio Toccalino, Santiago Toccalino and Matt Perry) and Talandracas (Edouard Carmignac, Guillermo Caset, Pelon Stirling and Jack Hyde). King Power (Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, Charles Cooney, Gonzalito Pieres and Facundo Pieres) faces La Bamba de Areco at 2pm, with El Remanso (Charlie Hanbury, Oliver Cudmore, James Beim and James Harper) and Sommelier (George Hanbury, Juan Gris Zavaleta, Fred Mannix and Alec White) ending the day with a 4pm match.
Photos: Ana Clara Cozzi
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