Jun 09, 2021 5:09 PM

Dundas' Lucas Escobar approaching the ball.
Dundas' Lucas Escobar* approaching the ball.

The three-week long 2021 Pacific Coast Circuit Intra-Circuit kicked off with two riveting rounds of polo. After week one, all seven teams remain in the running to claim the glory of the 2021 title. and Dundas secured ideal positions as the only two teams with 2-0 records.

On Sunday, June 6, the first game of the day took place between and Antelope. The game was tied 5-all at the half. The tied, low score was a result of both team’s strong defense and discipline. Revving up the power polo in the second half, pulled away with three unanswered goals in the fifth and sixth to win the game 11-7.

Antelope's Jimmy Wright running the ball through the goal.
Antelope's Jimmy Wright* running the ball through the goal.

Dundas II and FMB Too!/Folded Hills faced off in the second match of the day. After three chukkers of play, Dundas II held a strong lead of four goals over the opposing team. FMB Too!/Folded Hills continued to play hard in the second half in an attempt to recover the game. Each player on FMB Too!/ Folded Hills contributed a goal in the sixth chukker to stage a comeback against Dundas II. However, it was not quite enough to win, and Dundas II took the game 12-11.

Dundas II's Geronimo Obregon playing the ball out of the air under close watch from FMB Too!/Folded Hills' Henry Walker.
Dundas II's Geronimo Obregon* playing the ball out of the air under close watch from FMB Too!/Folded Hills' Henry Walker.

The featured match on the U.S. Polo Assn. Stadium Field pitted Dundas against Farmers & Merchants Bank (FMB). A thrilling match, both teams played with intensity. Felipe Vercellino substituted for Lucas Criado on FMB. FMB stayed in the game almost solely off penalty conversions with only three field goals throughout the entirety of the game. The match came down to the wire with a buzzer beater goal from Roberto Zedda to send the game into overtime 12-all. Zedda quickly won the whole game for Dundas by also scoring the golden goal to end the game 13-12.

All photos courtesy of ©David Lominska.

*Lucas Escobar is an Active Team USPA member. Jimmy Wright is a Team USPA Alumnus. Geronimo Obregon is a Graduating Team USPA Member. Team USPA is a USPA program designed to enhance and grow the sport of polo in the United States by identifying young, talented American players and providing mentored training and playing opportunities leading to a pool of higher rated amateur and pro players and the resultant giveback to the sport of polo.