USPA Gold Cup: Action in Palm Beach
USPA Gold Cup: Action in Palm BeachUSPA Gold Cup: Action in Palm Beach

USPA Gold Cup: Action in Palm Beach

Valiente & Coca Cola score Sunday wins

March 19, 2017
March 19, 2017
By Alejandra Ocampo

Valiente and Coca Cola emerged as winners following two USPA Gold Cup games at International Polo Club Palm Beach on Sunday.

In the day's opener, Valiente took a 14-10 win over Orchard Hill, in what was a very close contest determined in the two last chukkers.

Although Valiente always remained in the lead, Orchard Hill put pressure on their opponents. Bob Jornayvaz's foursome displayed perfect team play, while Steve van Andel's team relied on their leading man, Facundo Pieres, who scored the ten goals for his team.

Valiente outscored Orchard Hill 3-1 in the fifth, which meant that they had a 13-9 lead going into the last chukker. Both teams scored a goal apiece in those last seven minutes of play, but Valiente kept their advantage and claimed their second consecutive win.

Score Valiente: 2-1, 4-5, 7-5, 10-8, 13-9, 14-10
Valiente: Diego Cavanagh 5, Matias Torres Zavaleta 5, Adolfo Cambiaso 3
Orchard Hill: Facundo Pieres 10

Up next, Coca Cola defeated Audi 11-8. Coca Cola got off to a stronger start, with an early 4-1 lead in the first, following consecutive goals by Julián de Lusarreta. It was Gonzalito Pieres who scored Audi's single goal.

Audi leveled the match in the next two chukkers. They cut the margin down to one goal in the second, and took a tight 6-5 lead by half time. But a determined Coca Cola stepped it up in the following two chukkas. They managed to hold Audi scoreless in the fourth and fifth to gain a 10-6 advantage and with only seven minutes remaining.

While Audi outscored Coca Cola 2-1 in the sixth, it was too late for them to make a come back, and Coca Cola took the important win home.

Score Coca Cola: 4-1, 5-4, 5-6, 9-6, 10-6, 11-8
Coca Cola: Julián de Lusarreta 6, Miguel Novillo Astrada 2, Julio Arellano 1, Gillian Johnston 1
Audi: Gonzalo Pieres Jr. 4, Rodrigo Ribeiro de Andrade 2, Tomás Pieres 2

The semifinals of the USPA Gold Cup are due on Wednesday, March 22, times are as follows: 
2:30pm: Coca Cola vs. Orchard Hill.
5pm: Valiente vs. Audi

The winners will face each other in the final.