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2020 US Open Women’s Handicap Highlights

2020 US Open Women’s Handicap Highlights

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The Houston Polo Club field has had a busy Friday with twelve teams competing in the semifinals and quarterfinals. Read about each game’s highlights below.

SEMIFINAL #1 – Villa Ecleto v.s. Quiet Creek Farm

The Friday US Open Women’s Handicap semifinal games kicked off at 10am with Quiet Creek Farm going head to head with Villa Ecleto. Quiet Creek Farm started with 1.5 goals on handicap, giving Villa Ecleto a large gap to overcome. Both teams remained scoreless in the first chukker, but Villa Ecleto came alive in the second, with goals from Morgan Tennant and Mia Bray.  Quiet Creek Farm’s Olivia Reynolds kept her team in the game with a goal of her own, as the teams broke for halftime with Villa Ecleto hanging on to a narrow lead of 3 to 2.5. 

The third chukker mirrored the first as neither team scored, which set up an exciting fourth chukker. In the last chukker of the game, Quiet Creek Farm’s Josie Dorsey gave her team the lead of 3.5 to 3 after her goal from the field. But as the clock ticked down, Villa Ecleto’s five-goal player Mia Bray scored the last goal of the game, securing her team’s spot in the Final of the 2020 US Open Women’s Handicap.

Final score: Villa Ecleto (4) def Quiet Creek Farm (3.5)

SEMIFINAL #2 – Aspen Snowmass v.s. Chandler Ranch

In the second semifinal of the morning, Aspen Snowmass took on Chandler Ranch. Aspen Snowmass’s Anna Palacios was the first to put a goal on the board, only to be answered by Chandler Ranch’s team captain, Karen Reese, as she converted her open goal penalty to tie the game after the second chukker.

In the second half, Aspen Snowmass’s KC Krueger found her first goal of the game to reclaim the team’s lead 2 to 1 going into the fourth chukker. Krueger started off the fourth chukker with a goal from the field; However, Reese managed to sneak a goal to keep her team in the game.

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Krueger responded again, hitting the ball through the posts after being left behind the group of players, stretching her team’s lead 4 to 2 with two minutes remaining. Reese managed to score the match’s last goal with only 20 seconds remaining on the clock, and Aspen Snowmass earned the second spot in the final!

Final score: Aspen Snowmass (4) def Chandler Ranch (3)

Sub Quarterfinals #1 – Swoon/Bella Natura Medical v.s. Memorial Chiropractic/Rover’s Romphouse

As the sun started to break through the clouds, the first quarterfinal in the subsidiary bracket kicked off. Swoon/Bella Natura Medical’s Izzy Parsons scored in the first minute of the game, followed by another goal after several plays in the goalmouth. Parsons’ teammates Hannah Mitchell carried the ball down the field and was helped out by Isabel Artzer as she put the ball between the posts.

Memorial Chiropractic/Rover’s Romphouse’s Danika Melnar and Kendall Plank had solid team chemistry but unfortunately couldn’t find the goal. Swoon/Bella Natura Medical’s Leigh Fulkerson put the last nail in the coffin with a goal from the field, giving her team the win and a chance in the subsidiary semifinals.

Final score: Swoon/Bella Natura Medical (4) def Memorial Chiropractic/Rover’s Romphouse (0)

Sub Quarterfinals #2 – Maximo’s Polo Ponies/GK Farms v.s. BCI/Sullivan Group 

Maximo’s Polo Ponies/GK Farms were first to get on the scoreboard as Audry Persano converted a penalty shot. Persano and her teammates scored two more unanswered goals making the score 3.5 to 0 for a moment. However, BCI/Sullivan Group’s Joanie Jackson hit her penalties with confidence putting 2 points on her team’s board. Unfortunately, time was not on BCI/Sullivan Group’s side as Maximo’s Polo Ponies/GK Farms took home the win 3.5 to 2.

Final score: Maximo’s Polo Ponies/GK Farms (3.5) def BCI/Sullivan Group (2) 

Sub Semifinals #1 – Swoon/Bella Natura Medical v.s. Maximo’s Polo Ponies/GK Farms

Maximo’s Polo Ponies/GK Farms’ own Jessica Keanelly scored the first goal of the game. Keneally’s teammates were going for their second goal but were hooked by Swoon/Bella Natura Medical’s Hannah Mitchell stopping their offensive drive. Mitchell’s teammate, Isabel Artzer scored an impressive nearside neck shot, followed by a goal from Izzy Parsons, and an open goal penalty shot by Artzer solidified her team’s win and spot in the Subsidiary Finals on Saturday.

Sub Semifinals #1 – Swoon/Bella Natura Medical v.s. Maximo’s Polo Ponies/GK Farms

Maximo’s Polo Ponies/GK Farms’ own Jessica Keanelly scored the first goal of the game. Keneally’s teammates were going for their second goal but were hooked by Swoon/Bella Natura Medical’s Hannah Mitchell stopping their offensive drive. Mitchell’s teammate, Isabel Artzer scored an impressive nearside neck shot, followed by a goal from Izzy Parsons, and an open goal penalty shot by Artzer solidified her team’s win and spot in the Subsidiary Finals on Saturday.

Final score: Swoon/Bella Natura Medical (3.5) def Maximo’s Polo Ponies/GK Farms (1)

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Sub Quarterfinals #3 – Rooseland Polo v.s. Straussfeld Realty Group

In a defensive battle between teams, Roseland Polo and Straussfeld Realty Group went back and forth on the field, trying to find their rhythm. In the first chukker, both teams remained scoreless, but in the second chukker, Roseland Polo’s Ali King scored the only goal of the game earning her team the half-goal win!

Final score: Roseland Polo (1) def Straussfeld Realty Group (0.5)

Sub Quarterfinals #4 – Fourty Flowers v.s. Woody’s Furs

Fourty Flowers, lead by Lara Semmelman, was hungry for the win on Saturday afternoon. Goals from Wendy Stover and Tiamo Hudspeth gave them a one-goal lead on Woody’s Furs. Fourty Flowers did not let up in the second chukker, as Hudspeth scored another goal from the field, followed by teammate Stover’s two back-to-back goals earning their team the win 5 to 1.

Final score: Fourty Flowers (5) def Woody’s Furs  (1)

Sub Semifinals #2 – Roseland Polo def Fourty Flowers

In the first chukker of the game, Roseland Polo’s Maddie Grant made a beautiful pass to teammate Carolyn Stimmel, the game’s first scorer. Roseland Polo kept their offensive push going, with goals from Ali King and Paige Flanders solidifying their spot in the subsidiary finals on Saturday afternoon against Swoon/Bella Natura Medical.

Final score: Roseland Polo (3) def Fourty Flowers (0.5)

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