Ph by Ari Delin
After losing several 20-goal games by one or two goals, or in overtime, over the first two months of the winter season, Goose Creek opened the Molina Cup with an exciting 8-7 victory over Beverly Equestrian on the Opening Day of the inaugural Molina Cup. The talented foursome of Maureen Brennan 1, Tomás Garcia del Rio 8, and father and son Mariano 7 & Peke Gonzalez 4, turned back upset-minded Beverly Equestrian (Bill Ballhaus 0, Carlucho Arellano 5, Magoo Laprida 8, Iñaki Laprida 7) to spoil its 20-goal debut. Goose Creek started off strong, shutting out Beverly Equestrian in the opening chukker, 2-0, and taking a 5-2 halftime lead and 7-2 advantage midway through the fourth chukker. Beverly Equestrian staged a comeback with three goals by Arellano, Ballhaus and Inaki Laprida to trail by only two, 7-5. Arellano added another goal with 2:08 left in the sixth chukker to cut the lead to one. Goose Creek didn't unravel in the final chukker with Del Rio hitting a nice neck shot to Brennan, who scored what turned out to be the winning goal at the 5:09 mark after Iñaki Laprida scored with 1:27 left in the game. Goose Creek turned on the defense and moved the ball eating up the clock to protect its lead. Scorers Goose Creek: Mariano González (3), Brennan and Peke Gonzalez each with two and del Rio with one. Scorers Beverly Equestrian: Arellano (4), Ballhaus and the Laprida brothers each had one goal. The Molina Cup will resume on Monday as follows: 3pm: Beverly Equestrian vs Valiente, at Valiente Farm. 4:30pm: Dutta Corp vs Casablanca, at Grand Champions. 2017 GRAND CHAMPIONS WINTER SCHEDULE MARCH 17 - APRIL 1: Molina Cup (20 goal). MARCH: Madelon Bourdieu Memorial (6 goal), Limited Edition 8-Goal Series; Top Pony 12-Goal Series. Women's League, every Wednesday, 10 and 11 a.m. APRIL 1-15: $100,000 World Cup Tournament (0-26 Goals), winner-take-all, single- elimination. APRIL 1-25: Las Acacias (4-8 Goals). APRIL 5-8: WCT Finals, Women's Polo Week and Celebration of Sunny Hale's Life.