By Alex Webbe
Kentfield (Cameron Smith, Roxy Keyfauver, Ernesto Bautista and Erik Hammon) hung in for the first two chukkers of the finals of the Jackalope Ranch Cup finals Sunday afternoon at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, but the second half was all Matrix (Shane Flock, Doug Schneider, Ashton Wolf and Jared Sheldon) as they rolled on to a 9-3 win.
Ashton Wolf opened the game with a pair of goals in the first chukker for an early 2-0 lead before Kentfield answered back. S goal from Erik Hammon ended the scoring with Matrix holding on to a narrow 2-1 lead.
Two more goals from Wolf stretched the Matrix lead to 4-1, with Kentfield struggling to shut down the talented 3-goaler. Another goal from Hammon ended the period, but Matrix rode off the field with a 4-2 halftime advantage.
Goals were harder to come by in the third, with Matrix missing on a number of shots from the field. Jared Sheldon scored his first goal of the day for Matrix while Hammon’s third goal of the match kept Kentfield hanging around, waiting for Matrix to stumble. After three chukkers of play, Matrix continued to hold a two goal lead, 5-3.
The fourth chukker belonged to Matrix as they scored four unanswered goals on Kentfield for a 9-3 final. Sheldon scored the first two goals of the chukker followed by goals from Wolf and Doug Schneider. Kentfield was neither able to stop the Matrix offense or create any scoring opportunities of their own.
Wolf led the field with five goals on the day. Sheldon scored three times and Schneider added a goal in the win.
Hammon accounted for all three of the Kentfield goals.
KINGSCLIFFE 8, HEROES & ZEROS 4
Earlier in the day, Kingscliffe (Kendra Clark, Kate Ewart, Santos Areolla and Brad Ramsby) jumped all over Heroes & Zeros (Fred Schneeberger, Suki Piper, Pepe Alcaraz, Lolo Payan and Goyo Mariscal) in the opening chukker and rolled on to an 8-4 win in the consolation round of the Jackalope Ranch Cup.
Lolo Payan scored the first goal of the game for Heroes & Zeros before Kingscliffe responded with three unanswered goals. Kate Ewart answered with the tying goal, 1-1, followed by three consecutive goals from Brad Ramsby as Kingscliffe took a 4-1 first chukker lead.
Payan opened the second chukker with a goal for Heroes & Zeros as the defense tightened. Santos Areolla managed a single goal for Kingscliffe and the period ended with Heroes & Zeros trailing 5-1 at the end of the first half.
Single goals by Areolla and Ramsby accounted for the only scoring in the third chukker as the Heroes & Zeros continued to look for a scoring punch. After three periods of play, Kingscliffe held a commanding 7-2 advantage over a disorganized Heroes & Zeros lineup.
Ewart’s second goal of the game had Kingscliffe up 8-2 before the Heroes & Zeros got found their scoring punch. Single goals from Payan and Goyo Mariscal closed out the game with Kingscliffe claiming the 8-4 win.
Ramsby led all scoring with four goals. Teammates Areolla and Ewart added two goals apiece in the win.
Payan scored three goals for the Heroes & Zeros. Mariscal accounted for a single goal in the loss.