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LAST-MINUTE VICTORY HIGHLIGHTS OPENING WEEKEND OF FMB SILVER CUP®

Aug 02, 2021 3:59 PM

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Santa Clara's Federico Escobar leaning out for a hook on Klentner Ranch's Justin Klentner.
Santa Clara's Federico Escobar leaning out for a hook on Klentner Ranch's Justin Klentner.

Story courtesy of Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club

The historic Farmers & Merchants Bank Silver Cup® began with the first round of play on Sunday, July 25. This tournament dates back to 1900 when it was first played and originally established as the Junior Championship. The Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club (Carpinteria, California) has now hosted the Farmers & Merchants Bank Silver Cup® many times throughout its 121-year history, but this will be its second consecutive year after it took place on the East Coast for two years.

Klentner Ranch's Santiago Toccalino lining up a penalty shot.
Klentner Ranch's Santiago Toccalino lining up a penalty shot.

The first two teams to face off in the Farmers & Merchants Bank Silver Cup® were Klentner Ranch and Santa Clara. Santiago Toccalino cut right to the chase with a goal for Klentner Ranch out of the lineup in the first chukker. Over the rest of the half, both teams battled it out, goal for goal, to finish the third chukker tied 5-all. Santa Clara had some difficulties, going scoreless in the fourth and fifth chukker, resulting in Klentner Ranch taking the lead. Dynamic brother duo Lucas and Nico Escobar scored three goals in the last chukker for Santa Clara, but it was not quite enough to secure a win. Klentner Ranch won the game 11-8.

Lucchese's Keko Magrini turning on the ball in the victory against BenSoleimani.com.
Lucchese's Keko Magrini turning on the ball in the victory against BenSoleimani.com.

The second game of the day played out between Lucchese and BenSoleimani.com, with a substitution of Carlos Leiva for John Muse on Lucchese. The first half went by quickly with high scoring and fast play. Facundo Obregon capitalized on his penalty shots, converting six penalties total for Lucchese. On BenSoleimani.com, the eponymous team owner, Ben Soleimani, had a great game scoring three field goals throughout the match, but in the end, the experienced Lucchese walked away with the victory 15-13.

Farmers and Merchants Bank's Matt Walker approaching the ball ahead of the Antelope defender.
Farmers & Merchants Bank's Matt Walker approaching the ball ahead of the Antelope defender.

The featured match at 4:00pm ET pitted Antelope against Farmers & Merchants Bank (FMB). Thirteen-year-old Paquito de Narvaez substituted for Daniel Walker on FMB. The game showcased intense play with less goals and more defense than the previous game. Tomas Garcia Del Rio scored the first goal of the game. The half ended with a low score of 3-2 in favor of Antelope. FMB came back in the second half, led by four goals from Lucitas Criado to tie the score, but de Narvaez showing talent beyond his years, scored the game-winning goal with under a minute left. The final score went in favor of FMB, 8-7, completing a close game to end the first weekend of play.

All photos courtesy of ©David Lominska.

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