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Molina Cup at Grand Champions
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Molina Cup at Grand Champions

Goose Creek win tournament opener

March 19, 2017
March 19, 2017
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.