WELLINGTON, FL Skeeterville used a balanced scoring attack and took advantage of Old Pueblo’s poor penalty shooting en route to a 10-7 victory in the first round of the single-elimination 26-goal Hall of Fame Cup Thursday at International Polo Club Palm Beach.
In other action, Lechuza Caracas jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the fourth chukker and coasted to a 10-7 triumph over Orchard Hill.
Skeeterville (1-0) plays Isla Carroll in the quarterfinals Sunday at 3 p.m. in the featured stadium game while Lechuza plays Bendabout Sunday at noon on Field 2.
Old Pueblo missed two 30-yard penalty shots and three 60-yard penalty shots in the game.
Eight-goaler Julio Arellano scored three consecutive goals in the second chukker to snap a 2-2 tie and give Skeeterville the lead for good. Skeeterville built a 7-3 halftime lead and Old Pueblo never got closer than three goals the rest of the game.
Arellano finished with a team-high four goals, Lucas Monteverde scored three goals, Owen Rinehart had two goals and patron Skeeter Johnston added one goal.
Jeff Hall and Matias Magrini finished with three goals each to lead Old Pueblo
(0-1) while patron John Hall scored one goal, a 30-yard penalty shot with 4:44 left in the sixth chukker, to cut the margin to 10-6.
Orchard Hill, making its season debut, scored single goals in the first and second chukkers and then was shut out in the third and fourth chukkers. Each team scored two goals in the fifth chukker and Orchard Hill cut into the final margin with three unanswered goals in the sixth chukker.
Ten-goaler Sebastian Merlos led Lechuza Caracas (1-0) with five goals while patron Victor Vargas and Gaston Urturi added two goals apiece and Pite Merlos scored one goal.
Hector Galindo led Orchard Hill (0-1) with four goals while Mariano Gonzalez scored two goals and Paco de Narvaez added one goal. Patron Steve Van Andel did not score.
The Hall of Fame continues today (Friday) at 10:30 a.m. when Las Monjitas, led by 10-goaler Javier Novillo Astrada, plays Pony Express, led by 9-goaler Agustin Merlos.
The Hall of Fame Cup in named in honor of the National Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame, located in Lake Worth.
International Polo Club
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Club website at www.internationalpoloclub.com.
For information about the upcoming 2005 high-goal season, including the Stanford Financial Group U.S. Open, call the club at (561) 204-5687
International Polo Club Palm Beach is located at 3667 120th Avenue South, between Pierson Road and Lake Worth Road, in Wellington.