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LAST POSITION IN THE EAST COAST OPEN SEMIFINALS SECURED

Sep 04, 2016 11:14 PM

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Mariano Gonzalez of Goose Creek and Inaki Laprida of Faraway Polo battling for position.
Mariano Gonzalez of Goose Creek and Inaki Laprida of Faraway Polo battling for position.

In the featured Sunday game at Greenwich Polo Club, Faraway Polo and Goose Creek faced off to determine second place in bracket 2, leading to a spot in the semifinals of the East Coast Open. Faraway started off the game with one goal on handicap. A goal by Inaki Laprida of Faraway and one from Mariano Gonzalez of Goose Creek ended the first chukker 2-1. Great defense from both teams led to only one goal in the second chukker, made by Marcos Garcia del Rio for Goose Creek ending with a tied 2-all score. One goal for Goose Creek in the third, a penalty 2 conversion by Gonzalez, ended the first half 3-2 with Goose Creek in the lead.

Maureen Brennan of Goose Creek driving the ball down field.
Maureen Brennan of Goose Creek driving the ball down field.

A low scoring fourth chukker consisting of a penalty 2 conversion for Goose Creek's Gonzalez and an amazing team goal from Julian Daniels to Hutton Goodman, kept Goose Creek in the lead by one. It was a competitive final two chukkers with both teams battling for a chance to play in the semifinals. An amazing neckshot by Daniels along with a goal by Tomas Garcia del Rio, made for an exciting second half. Faraway played defensively, keeping close to Goose Creek’s lead. Very few fouls were made throughout the game. In the end, Goose Creek kept their lead, winning the game by one (6-5). Maureen Brennan stated, "I'm excited to be moving on to the semifinals! Today's game was great, we played really well!"

Goose Creek will play Audi at 12:00pm ET, and White Birch will compete against Airstream at 4:00pm ET in the semifinals Wednesday, September 7.

Bracket I
A: Postage Stamp Farm (1-2)
B: Airstream (2-1)
C: Audi (3-0)
D: Tupungato (0-3)

Bracket II
E: Goose Creek (2-1)
F: Faraway Polo (1-2)
G: Beluga (0-3)
H: White Birch (3-0)

Link to full schedule and rosters here

All East Coast Open games will be livestreamed on ChukkerTV. The East Coast Open Final is on September 11 at 3:00pm ET. NBC Sports Network will rebroadcast the East Coast Open Finals on September 17 at 3:00pm ET.

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