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CANCHA DE ESTRELLAS SHINE IN PACIFIC COAST CIRCUIT ARENA WOMEN’S CHALLENGE-WCT QUALIFIER

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2019 Pacific Coast Circuit Arena Women's Challenge - WCT Qualifier Champions: Cancha de Estrellas (Sierra Dunbar, Cory Williams, Petra Teixeira).
2019 Pacific Coast Circuit Arena Women's Challenge - WCT Qualifier Champions: Cancha de Estrellas (Sierra Dunbar, Cory Williams, Petra Teixeira).

Qualifying in bracket play from a field of six teams (California Polo, Stanford Alumni, Stanford Mixed, Central Coast Polo, Cancha de Estrellas, KWH Equestrian), Cancha de Estrellas and KWH Equestrian emerged to challenge one another in the Pacific Coast Circuit Arena Women’s Challenge Final on Monday, May 28, at Central Coast Polo Club in Los Osos, California. Delivering on several two-point goals, Cancha de Estrellas commanded the field in the second half of play to earn the win 14-9 and the top prize of $3,500 in the first women’s money arena polo game.

In addition to a full weekend of competitive tournament games, the event included beach rides down Morro Bay on the Pacific Coast and wine tasting in an all-American Memorial Day fashioned barn barbecue. An impressive 15 of the total 18 players started or competed in USPA Interscholastic or Intercollegiate programs, with a range from veterans to beginners playing.

Striking quickly from the field, Cory Williams’ first chukker goal was countered soon after by a two-point shot by Kendall Plank. Starting off slowly in the first half, Cancha de Estrellas would increasingly gain momentum, building their confidence as the game progressed. As the competition intensified in the second, Cancha de Estrellas fired first, but Travis retaliated with two consecutive goals of her own. Unwilling to let her opponents create a sizable lead, Williams picked up a pair of goals to end the half with a one-goal difference 5-4.

Stanford Teams (Left to Right) Heather Lake, Jen Lake-Hendersen, Laura Kurt, Yasi Ainine, Jenia Borisenko, Taylor Olcott. ©Janelle Ross
Two Stanford teams competed in the competition. (Left to Right) Heather Lake, Jen Lake-Hendersen, Laura Kurt, Yasi Ainine, Jenia Borisenko, Taylor Olcott.

Although KWH had the advantage heading into the third chukker, Cancha de Estrellas accepted the challenge and came alive in the third to seize the lead. Adding four goals between them, Williams and Sierra Dunbar each scored an impressive two-pointer to double the scoreboard. Prevented from making any successful plays, KWH Equestrian remained scoreless in the wake of five unanswered goals by a strong Cancha de Estrellas offense.

Central Coast Polo Club's Hannah Heitzig on a breakaway riding Malvina.
Central Coast Polo Club's Hannah Heitzig on a breakaway riding Malvina during tournament bracket play earlier in the week.

Now up 9-5 headed into the fourth and final chukker, Cancha de Estrella unleashed their skills on the field to claim their victory. An offensive powerhouse, Williams contributed four goals including a two-pointer to the scoreboard before the clock ran out. Striking for the sixth time, Travis nailed the ball between the posts to score the final goal, conceding the game 14-9 to Cancha de Estrellas. The winning team, sponsored by Sarah Siegel Magness, was presented with the $3,500 check while KWH Equestrian took home $1,500. These funds were made possible through the USPA Tournament Prize Money Matching Program.

Most Valuable Player Cory Williams presented by Central Coast Polo Club Manager Megan Judge.
Most Valuable Player Cory Williams presented by Central Coast Polo Club Manager Megan Judge.

Cory Williams was named Most Valuable Player, selected by Joel Baker and Carla Renard of the Women’s Committee. Williams also was awarded a new pair of Cheval polo boots.

Best Playing Pony: Canella, owned by Central Coast Polo and played by Danielle Travis.
Best Playing Pony: Canella, owned by Central Coast Polo and played by Danielle Travis.

Canella, owned by Central Coast Polo Club and played by KHW Equestrian’s Danielle Travis, was awarded the Best Playing Pony blanket.

Sportsmanship was awarded to California Polo Club's Kailey Eldredge, presented by Stormie Hale.
Sportsmanship was awarded to California Polo Club's Kailey Eldredge, presented by Stormie Hale.

The Sportsmanship Award was presented to Cornell University graduate, Kailey Eldredge.

All photos courtesy of ©Janelle Ross.

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