Miller/Gratia Wines strategy in the third chukker was to slow the game down.
A first half struggle against Casa Azul in the Wagener Polo Club Fox Nation USPA Masters Cup 6-goal Wednesday morning, meant making some adjustments at half time. Those changes sparked a four goal outburst, providing them with a comfortable cushion going into the final period, and an eventual 8-5 victory.
Matt McGhee opened the scoring for the Blue House, but Miller/Gratia Wines was mentally fortified and would answer back with goals from Glenn Miller and Romulo Crespo.
Both teams seemed to possess collective toughness as Casa Azul scored two goals in the second chukker, with Matt Sekera and Jason Wates recording goals. But, not to be outdone, Romulo Crespo picked up his second goal of the game, and the teams were knotted at three goals each going into the half.
However, things are subject to change, and they did so in the third chukker. Miller/Gratia Wines came out in the second half by changing the tempo of the game. They would score four goals in the period, three off the mallet of Tito Gorasito, with Crespo picking up his third of the game. Not only did Miller/Gratia Wines impose their will on Casa Azul, by finishing their plays offensively, it was their ability to shut down the opposition, keeping them scoreless in the chukker.
“I think we tried to slow the game down a little bit, and play our style,” said Marvin Slosman, Miller/Gratia Wines. “Romulo is good at being able to strategically find the holes. We’re not a run and chase team.”
Vision, ball movement, and finishing their plays allowed the offense of Miller/Gratia Wines to continue to run on all cylinders, and Gorasito seemed unstoppable, scoring with 4:51 left in the final chukker. Casa Azul tried to rally, and picked up two late goals.
“We got all four guys involved, and that’s polo,” said Slosman. “All four guys contributed. We tried to take our man a little more, and got some good breaks.”