Restoration Hardware pulled ahead in the second week of the Maserati of Santa Barbara America Cup with an overtime win against Klentner Ranch on Sunday to hold a 4-0 record. Klentner Ranch fired through the first two chukkers of the match creating a five goal lead, but a slow third chukker let Restoration Hardware back in the game. Two penalty conversions by Iñaki Laprida and a third goal from the field by Geronimo Obregon cut the lead to three goals. Restoration Hardware beat Klentner Ranch once again in the fourth chukker outscoring them 2-1 to leave the score 7-5 in favor of Klentner Ranch. A stagnant fifth chukker led into a fierce final chukker in regulation play. Geronimo Obregon kept his head down and focused as the game clock ticked down. “We started slow in the first two chukkers, but we fell back into our rhythm as the game went on,” said Geronimo Obregon. Two goals by Santi von Wernich and a third by Laprida were matched by only one by the opponent tying the match as the final bell rang. Laprida sank a penalty four in the overtime to win the match for Restoration Hardware 11-10. “Overtime is anyone’s game, and today we were lucky and got the win. We are ready for the rest of the week to see how the final rounds will shake out,” Geronimo Obregon commented following the match.
Earlier in the day, Lucchese dominated Farmers & Merchants Bank (FMB) after a slow start. FMB led the scoring 5-3 in the first half of play with all but one goal being scored from the field. Penalties riddled the fourth chukker, slowing the game temporarily. Carlos “Toly” Ulloa showed his offensive prowess and helped push Lucchese forward. Two goals by Jeff Hall from the penalty line tied the score at six goals apiece in the fourth chukker. Lucchese then took control with three goals scored by Facundo Obregon and a fourth by Hall putting them in the lead for the first time in the game 10-8. Lucchese kept the ball rolling in their favor in the final chukker ending the match with a three goal lead, 12-9.
The next round of games will be played Wednesday, August 8. The first place team on record is guaranteed a spot in the final and the second and third place teams will play a mini semifinal on Friday, August 10.
All photos ©David Lominska.