Wellington Polo News: Valiente and Alegria in 2014 Maserati US Open Final
The two strong teams that are set to play for the 2014 Maserati US Open Championship are Valiente (Bob Jornayvaz, Santi Torres, Sapo Caset and Adolfo Cambiaso) and Alegria (Julian Mannix, Clemente Zavaleta, Mariano Aguerre and Hilario Ulloa) on April 20 at the International Polo Club in Wellington FL.
Valiente 15, Lechuza Caracas 11
Valiente won against Lechuza Caracas with a close fight, 15-11, during the semifinals.
Valiente lead player, 10-goaler Adolfo Cambiaso took an extremely solid crash in the beginning of the first chukker that sent him to the ground writhing in pain. Play was temporarily suspended as the medics came to the rescue. Cambiaso returned to the game after 15 minutes but later left the field again with the team captain, Bob Jornayvaz. Carlos Gracida and Rodrigo Andrade took over the game.
Pieres was credited with a game high nine goals (eight on penalty conversions). Nero notched twice.
Five of Caset’s team high six goals came on penalty shots. Torres contributed five goals; Andrade was credited with three goals; and Gracida added a goal for the victory.
Valiente is a two-time title holder this year, the winner of the 2014 C. V. Whitney Cup and the USPA Piaget Gold Cup.
Alegria 9, Crab Orchard 8
The semifinals concluded with Alegria (Julian Mannix, Clemente Zavaleta, Mariano Aguerre and Hilario Ulloa) beating Crab Orchard (Facundo Pieres, Magoo Laprida, Matias Magrini and Peke Gonzalez) with 9-8 winning score.
Hilario Ulloa made the first goal in the opening minutes of play in the day’s second semifinal game between Alegria and Crab Orchard, 1-0. Magoo Laprida squared the score at 1-1 less than a minute later on a goal from the field. An Alegria foul cost them a goal with just 28 seconds in the period as Crab Orchard took the early lead, 2-1 on a 40-yard penalty shot.
Ulloa spearheaded the Alegria attack with eight goals (six on penalty conversions). Zavaleta completed a goal for the win. Pieres scored six times for Crab Orchard (two on penalty shots). Laprida and Gonzalez each added a goal in a losing effort.