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|Lucchese Rallies for Win Over Faraway||February 10, 2013 |
Faraway had struggled its way through the opening rounds of the Ylvisaker Cup, falling victim to Lechuza Caracas (8-6) and Audi (11-3), but managed to rally the troops for Sunday’s stadium match against a powerful Lucchese foursome, but coming up short in the 10-8 loss.
Lucchese took the field with Argentine 9-goaler Agustin Merlos taking the place of his brother Sebastian who had suffered a broken rib in the team’s Friday afternoon 14-12 loss to Lechuza. Flying in two days ago to get ready for the 26-goal competition, the younger brother was drafted to fill out the Lucchese lineup, and it was a fine performance he put in.
Agustin Merlos scored three first chukker goals for Lucchese as they ended the period with a 3-1 advantage. Juan Monteverde scored Faraway’s only goal.
Merlos added two more Lucchese goals on penalty shots in the second and Kris Kampsen scored a goal as Faraway found themselves trailing 6-2 after second chukker. Pelon Escapite scored a single goal for a Faraway team that struggled to put the ball through its opponent’s goalposts.
Faraway continued to step its game up, matching Lucchese goal for goal in the third. Kampsen scored twice from the field while Santiago Chavanne added a penalty goal and a goal from the field. After three periods of action Lucchese boasted an 8-4 halftime lead.
A determined Faraway team took the field in the fourth chukker and shut down the Lucchese attack. Single goals from Monteverde and Hutton Goodman cut the lead to two goals, 8-6, and the momentum looked to be shifting.
Kampsen’s fourth goal of the game came early in the fifth period, 9-6, but Faraway hadn’t given up yet. A pressing attack caused Lucchese to foul, with Goodman on the scoring end of a pair of penalty shots. With one chukker left to play the Lucchese lead had been reduced to a single goal, 9-8.
The tempo of the game was elevated to break-neck speed as both teams attempted to break through the defenders to score. An early foul on a Lucchese player sent Goodman to the penalty line for a third time, but the tying shot went wide. A penalty was called on Faraway with less than two minutes in regulation time. Agustin Merlos converted the shot and Lucchese held on for the 10-8 victory.
Merlos led the field with six goals on the day (three on penalty shots). Kampsen added four goals for the win. Goodman scored three times for Faraway (twice on penalty shots). Chavanne and Monteverde added two goals apiece and Escapite chipped in a goal in the loss.
-By Alex Webbe