WELLINGTON, FL – February 9, 2013 – Defending champion Piaget, playing well on both ends of the field, remains in contention to defend its title in the Ylvisaker Cup.
Playing one of its best games of the high goal season on Saturday, Piaget knocked off Orchard Hill, 11-10, at International Polo Club Palm Beach to advance into Friday’s quarterfinals.
Behind a total team effort, stingy defense and scoring heroics of 10-goaler Miguel Astrada, Piaget never trailed from the opening chukker.
Piaget remained in control for most of the game, leading by as many as four goals in the fifth chukker (11-7) and held on in the final 57 seconds with a tremendous defensive effort against Argentine Open MVP Mariano Aguerre and Matias Magrini.
WELLINGTON, FL – February 3, 2013 – Making its stadium debut as defending Ylvisaker Cup champions and wearing pink jerseys in honor of breast cancer awareness, Piaget rallied in the second half to defeat Goose Creek, 10-8, Sunday at International Polo Club Palm Beach.
With the win, Grand Champions Polo Club-based Piaget (1-1) remains in contention to defend its title in the 14-team tournament.
Behind 10-goaler Miguel Astrada, Piaget outscored Goose Creek, 6-2, in the final two chukkers to rally from a three-goal deficit early in the third chukker.
Astrada scored a game-high nine goals including six in the last two chukkers, and was named Most Valuable Player. His horse, Chaleco was named Best Playing Pony.
Astrada is second leading scorer in the tournament with 16 goals behind 10-goaler Facundo Pieres of Zacara with 21.
WELLINGTON, FL – February 3, 2013 – Audi, known for its second-half heroics, fell short in its Ylvisaker Cup opener with a 10-9 loss to Lucchese Friday at windswept Isla Carroll East Field.
Down by four goals in the second chukker, Grand Champions Polo Club-based Audi cut its deficit to two goals (7-5) midway through the fourth chukker on Nico Pieres’ cut shot goal with 3:41 remaining.
Audi dug itself out of another four-goal deficit at the end of the fifth chukker with three goals from Nic Roldan to cut Lucchese’s lead to one goal but Audi squandered away four scoring opportunities in the final minutes of the game.
WELLINGTON, FL – January 31, 2013 – Defending champion Piaget staged a furious second half rally but fell short and lost its Ylvisaker Cup opener to Coca-Cola, 15-11, on a brisk Thursday morning at Jan Pamela South Field.
After leading 2-0 early in the first chukker, Piaget was outscored 7-2 in the second and third chukkers and trailed 10-4 at halftime.
A second half rally, led by 10-goaler Argentine Miguel Novilla Astrada, cut Coca-Cola’s lead to four in the fifth chukker (12-8) and with 3:50 left in the game (14-10), but Piaget ran out of time to do any further damage.
Astrada scored a game-high seven goals including four penalty shots. Eighteen-year-old Joaquin Panelo added three goals. Piaget, debuting slick new game jerseys, opened the game with a 1-0 lead because of its 19-goal handicap for the 20-goal tournament.