Wellington, FL – February 10, 2015 – Villa del Lago defeated Tonkawa 17-13 as bracket play continued in the Ylvisaker Cup at the International Polo Club Palm Beach.
Villa del Lago Tonkawa
The first chukker started with a penalty shot by Polito Pieres, who easily converted for a goal. He followed up with a long pass to an in-motion Agustin Obregon, who tapped the ball in for a second Villa del Lago goal. After some back-and-forth play, Obregon took off and again drove the ball between the goalposts.
Inaki LaPrida worked through the defenders and made a backshot to score Tonkawa’s first goal. A penalty in the goal mouth cost Villa del Lago a point on a penalty one, making the score 3-2. Jeff Blake hit a backshot to Gonzalo Deltour, who tied the score 3-3 at the end of the first chukker.
(Photo:Polito Pieres and Inaki Laprida. Photo: Liz Lamont Images/Phelps Media Group.
Deltour converted a penalty at the start of the third chukker, making the score 7-4. De Lusarreta gained momentum as the chukker wore on, working through defenders to score and then taking off on a breakaway for back-to-back goals. Pieres ended the third chukker with another point on the board for Villa del Lago, bringing the score to 10-4.
(Photo: Julian de Lusaretta. Photo: Liz Lamont Images/Phelps Media Group.)
LaPrida followed up by snatching the ball out of the air and shooting a pass to Jeff Hildebrand, who drove it in to make the score 12-5. Deltour wove through strong pressure at midfield, stealing the ball and sending it to Blake for another goal. Deltour continued to ride the wave, making a goal on a chip shot. He then converted a penalty to end the fourth chukker 12-8.
Pieres converted for a goal at the top of the fifth, followed by a penalty conversion by Deltour. Pieres set up his right-hand man de Lusarreta for a goal, and then followed up with another goal of his own. De Lusarreta scored again with an assist from Pieres, making the score 16-9. Deltour converted for another goal, ending the fifth chukker 16-10.
(Photo Below: Gonzalo Deltour and Polito Pieres. Photo: Liz Lamont Images/Phelps Media Group )
Deltour demonstrated his determination and ball-handling skills in the sixth chukker, tapping in back-to-back goals. Pieres scored off of a breakaway from the throw-in. Blake shot a pass to Deltour to score, ending the match 17-13.
Pieres was happy with how his team handled the competition.
“Luckily in the beginning we scored a lot of goals and took a little bit of an advantage,” he said. “It was a tough but fun game to play.”
Play for the Ylvisaker Cup continues Wednesday at 3 p.m. with Coca-Cola playing Gateway Merchants.
Press Release Courtesy of Phelps Media Group