Audi Narrowly Claims Game Two of East Coast Open

Returning to the field after an opening day defeat, Audi maintained the lead throughout the entirety of the game, outscoring rival Postage Stamp Farm 12-11 on Thursday, August 31. With Nick Manifold out due to injury, Francisco Mera subbed in for team Audi.

All photos courtesy of Marcelo Bianchi.
Kris Kampsen and Mariano Aguerre. All photos courtesy of Marcelo Bianchi.

Audi 20

Chris Brant A
Francisco Mera 4
Mariano Aguerre 9
Mariano Gonzalez 7

Postage Stamp Farm 20

Annabelle Gundlach A
Brandon Phillips 5
Miguel Astrada 9
Kris Kampsen 6

Mariano Aguerre
Mariano Aguerre

As the first chukker began on the flat, Mera started the game off with a quick goal, soon returned by a goal from Brandon Phillips. Adding two consecutive goals before the end of the chukker, Audi would set a strong pace for the first half of the game, daring Postage Stamp to keep up. Mera again started off play in the second, an assertive move which resulted in a Penalty 4 against him. Taking advantage of an easy point, Miguel Astrada converted the penalty, but his team could not subdue Audi who managed to double their lead 6-3 when the horn sounded concluding the second chukker. Invigorated to increase their lead even further, Audi’s offensive strategy intensified in the third as both teams traded goals back and forth. With a final Penalty 4 conversion by Mariano Gonzalez, Audi again doubled Postage Stamp Farm, ending the half 10-5.

Realizing they had limited time to overtake Audi, Postage Stamp Farm gave a valiant effort in the second half, preventing their rival from scoring any goals in the fourth. With a renewed defensive strategy in place, Phillips and Kris Kampsen each added a goal to their tally as they started to creep up the scoreboard. Entering the fifth chukker, Mariano Aguerre struck first, but Phillips leveled the advance with another goal. As the fifth ended 12-8 still in favor of Audi, Postage Stamp Farm gave their strongest last ditch effort to pull off an upset in the sixth. Blocking all of Audi’s attempts to score, Postage Stamp Farm aggressively completed three consecutive goals, finally separated by only one point. Time on their side, Audi retained the lead just enough as the clock ran out, winning the game 12-11.

Game one champion GSA will rival fellow newcomer Hublot in game three this afternoon, Friday, September 1 on field 2. For live game coverage from Greenwich Polo Club, watch the USPA Polo Network livestream for all the action as it happens.

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