Ylvisaker Cup: Tonkawa in semis
Beat Valiente I in the first Quarterfinal
February 12, 2017
The first quarterfinal of the Ylvisaker Cup saw 10-goalers Sapo Caset and Adolfo Cambiaso go mano-a-mano Saturday. High-scorer of the game, Caset was effective both from the field and the penalty line. He led Tonkawa to an 8-6 victory over Valiente I, slamming in five goals to Cambiaso's one.
Although both teams had a megastar player, this was truly an eight-man game, with everyone playing tight-as-glue team defense. Valiente got off to an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Felipe Viana, soon to be matched by Caset on a penalty 4 conversion. Victorino Ruiz Jorba added another goal from the field for Valiente I, who closed the first chukker with a 2-1 advantage. Tonkawa seemed to control play in the second, although none of their four shots at goal went through. Valiente I only shot at goal once that chukker, with Cambiaso converting a penalty 3 attempt to preserve Valiente’s 1-goal lead.
A bit of foul trouble for Tonkawa in the third chukker gave Valiente I two penalty chances (one from the 60-yard line and one from the 40), but they couldn’t convert either opportunity. Caset scored his third consecutive goal for Tonkawa, this time finishing off a long run, with support from Jeff Hildebrand holding out the Valiente I defense. The score stood 3-all at halftime.
While Tonkawa was struggling to score from the field, Valiente I had their own issues from the penalty line. Each team scored 1 goal in the fourth chukker and 2 in the fifth, with neither ever holding more than a single-goal lead as the game came down to the final chukker.
Tonkawa fired 5 more shots at goal, this time converting twice while not allowing Valiente I even one shot at goal. To make matters worse for Valiente I, Tonkawa did not foul in the final chukker, preventing their opponent from getting any opportunities from the penalty line. Despite only shooting 5-of-18 from the field, Tonkawa capitalized on a team effort. Costi Caset, Facundo Obregon and Hildebrand each contributed one goal. Tonkawa took every advantage possible from the penalty line, where they converted 1 of 5 penalty shots to hang on for an 8-6 victory and advance to the semifinals.
Top Scorer Tonkawa: Sapo Caset (5).
Top Scorer Valiente I: Felipe Viana (3).
Score Tonkawa: 1-2, 2-3, 3-3, 4-4, 6-6, 8-6.
The Ylvisaker Cup will resume on Sunday with the other 3 Quarterfinals and the following order of play:
10am: Orchard Hill vs. Horseware/Tackeria, at Isla Carroll East. (QF 1).
12pm: Postage Stamp vs. Villa del Lago/Modere, at Field #4.
3pm: Coca Cola vs. Valiente II, at Field #1. (QF 2).
On the other hand, the draw for the Semis, to be played on Wednesday, is as follows:
12pm: Winner QF1 vs Winner QF2.
3pm:Postage Stamp/Villa del Lago vs Tonkawa.