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FINAL SCORES 13-7 FOR BOTH EAST COAST OPEN BRACKET PLAY GAMES TODAY

Aug 31, 2016 11:35 PM

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Audi's Sebastian Merlos driving the ball down the field. Photo: Marcelo Bianchi
Audi's Sebastian Merlos driving the ball down the field. Photo: Marcelo Bianchi

Audi faced off against Tupungato in today's East Coast Open bracket play. Tupungato received one goal on handicap at the start of the game. Audi played competitively keeping Tupungato scoreless until the fourth chukker when Santi Torres put a goal on the board—Audi, however, still maintained a six goal lead. Tupungato rallied in the remainder of the game with Naco Taverna putting in a valiant effort. Despite scoring four goals in the last two chukkers, Tupungato was unable to overcome the deficit. Audi secured their second bracket win with a final score of 13-7.

Naco Taverna takes a nearside shot as Leo Mandelbaum puts the pressure on. Photo: Marcelo Bianchi
Naco Taverna takes a nearside shot as Leo Mandelbaum puts the pressure on. Photo: Marcelo Bianchi

Due to wet field conditions at Greenwich Polo Club the second game of the day between Airstream and Postage Stamp Farm was moved to Mashomack Polo Club in Millbrook, New York. The 19-goal Postage Stamp Farm team received two goals at the onset of the game as a result of Airstream’s 21-goal handicap as Agustin Bottaro was raised from 0 to 1-goal following Airstream’s first game. Guillermo Aguero dominated the first chukker for Airstream with three goals from the field. Two goals in the first two chukkers by Joao Paulo Ganon kept Postage Stamp Farm in the game, 4-4 after two chukkers. Then four unanswered goals, one from each Airstream player in the third chukker put Airstream on top 8-4 at the half.

Airstream's Agustin Bottaro on a breakaway to goal. PC: Marcelo Bianchi
Airstream's Agustin Bottaro on a breakaway to goal. PC: Marcelo Bianchi

The teams traded goals throughout the fourth and fifth chukkers, yet Postage Stamp Farm was unable to overcome their third chukker deficit. Bottaro made the final and only goal of the last chukker with a skillful nearside tap. Airstream seized their first bracket play victory of the East Coast Open defeating Postage Stamp 13-7.

Postage Stamp's Brandon Phillips being bumped by Airstream's Kris Kampsen. PC: Marcelo Bianchi
Postage Stamp's Brandon Phillips being bumped by Airstream's Kris Kampsen. PC: Marcelo Bianchi
Bracket I
A: Postage Stamp Farm (1-1)
B: Airstream (1-1)
C: Audi (2-0)
D: Tupungato (0-2)
Bracket II

E: Goose Creek (1-1)
F: Faraway Polo (0-1)
G: Beluga (0-1)
H: White Birch (2-0)


The East Coast Open will continue tomorrow with one game – Faraway Polo will meet Beluga at 5:00pm ET. 


All East Coast Open games will be livestreamed on ChukkerTV. NBC Sports Network will rebroadcast the East Coast Open Finals on September 17 at 3:00pm ET.

Complete game schedule and team rosters here

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