Arellano lifts Coca-Cola to impressive win; Horseware trashes Equine Liquid Biocell; Valiente shines with Cambiaso at the reins again
By Alex Webbe
Coca-Cola (Gillian Johnston, Julian de Lusarreta, Julio Arellano and Del Walton) needed a spark to get off on the right hoof in their opening game of the 20-goal Ylvisaker Cup Saturday morning. Coca-Cola lost their first three games of the 20-goal season in the Joe Barry Memorial cup competition and averaged only eight goals per game while giving up over 11 gals per match, and 8-goaler Julio Arellano stepped up to lead them to one of their most impressive efforts of the young season in a 14-8 win over Villa Del Lago (Jim Zenni, Agustin Obregon, Hilario Ulloa and Carlucho Arellano).
Julian de Lusarreta scored the first goal of the game in the opening minute of play with Julio Arellano making it 2-0 a minute later with a goal from the field. Del Walton scored at the 3:46 mark with Julio Arellano closing out the chukker with a 40-yard penalty conversion for a 4-0 lead.
As Villa Del Lago struggled to find a rhythm, the oppressive Coca-Cola defenders shut them out for aa second consecutive chukker. Two more goals from Julio Arellano (one on a 30-yard penalty shot) and a pair of goals from de Lusarreta had the Coca-Cola team flying high and taking an 8-0 lead off of the field with them at the end of the second period.
It was a minute-and-a-half into the third chukker before Villa Del Lago finally got on the scoreboard with 10-goaler Hilario Ulloa driving the ball between the Coca-Cola goalposts, 8-1. Julio Arellano added his fifth goal of the day followed by a penalty conversion from Ulloa to end the first half with Coca-Cola enjoying a one-sided 9-2 advantage over Villa Del Lago.
Villa Del Lago regrouped at halftime and concentrated on their defense while trying to cut into the hefty Coca-Cola lead. Agustin Obregon scored the only goal of the chukker for Villa Del Lago while a solid defensive effort held Coca-Cola scoreless for the first time on the day. Villa Del Lago continued to trail, however, 9-3.
Julio Arellano scored on a 60-yard penalty shot to open the fifth in the first 30 seconds of play. Teammate Walton added a goal from the field before Villa Del Lago went on an offensive tear. Three consecutive goals from Ulloa (one from the field and two on penalty conversions) were followed by a goal from Carlucho Arellano. The period ended with Villa Del Lago closing to within four goals of the lead, 11-7, and one chukker remaining in regulation play.
Ulloa scored Vila Del Lago’s eighth goal of the match in the opening 30 seconds of the sixth, cutting the Coca-Cola lead to just three goals when Julio Arellano took charge. A pair of penalty goals and a goal from the field gave him nine goals on the day and carried
Coca-Cola to a comfortable 14-8 victory.
Horseware 17, Equine Liquid Biocell 7
In the 12:30pm game, two of the newest teams to take the field in the 20-gal tournament were HorseWare (Matt Coppola, Juan Martin Obregon, Mariano Gracida and Tommy Collingwood) and Equine Liquid Biocell (Tomas Obregon, Jared Zenni, Magoo Laprida and Juan Valerdi), with the 18-goal Horseware team throttling the 20-goal Equine Liquid Biocell team, 17-7.
Juan Martin Obregon (brother of Mariano, Facundo and Geronimo) made an impressive debut in the Ylvisaker Cup, scoring six of his game-high eight goals on penalty conversions. Matt Coppola and Tommy Collingwood scored three goals apiece with Mariano Gracida adding a goal for the win (Horseware also received two goals by handicap). Jared Zenni led the Equine Liquid Biocell attack with four goals (three on penalty shots).
Valiente 10, Mt. Brilliant 5
Celebrating the return of the number one ranked player in the game today, Adolfo Cambiaso, Valiente (Bob Jornayvaz, Felipe Viana, Adolfo Cambiaso and Toro Ruiz) destroyed last week’s Joe Barry Memorial Cup finalist, Mt. Brilliant (Bo Goodman, Jason Crowder, Santiago Chavanne and Julian Daniels), 10-5, in a game that wasn’t as close as the score might indicate.
Valiente led by five goals, 6-1, at the end of the first half and stretched the lead to seven goals, 9-2 after the fourth. Valiente coasted through the final two chukkers allowing Mt. Brilliant to add three more goals to their anemic total for a 10-5 final.
Cambiaso continues to impress, scoring six of his team’s ten goals as he allowed his teammates to do most of the work in the final chukkers.
A single 3pm Sunday afternoon game between Tonkawa (Jeff Hildebrand, Sapo Caset, Costi Caset and Facundo Obregon) and Travieso (Tony Calle, Hugo Barabucci, Sebastian Merlos and Marquitos Alberdi) will complete the first round of play in the 2017 Ylvisaker Cup.
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Photos by Alex Pacheco