Cambiaso Secures 13-12 Win for Valiente in OT
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Heading into overtime with the score at 12, the pressure was on, and Valiente was feeling it. Adolfo Cambiaso, who is known to perform best under pressure, gave it all he had: the winning goal and a special horse. Teammate Tommy Beresford had just tied the game with his fourth goal, all from the field, at the end of the sixth chukker. As they sat in the tent during the overtime break, Cambiaso, who later said Beresford had played an astounding game, wore an intense look of concentration, his eyes on the horses being tacked up for the next chukker.
"Take that one," he said to Beresford, pointing to a dark bay mare. It was Mermelada (who the team calls Jelly, the English translation), a prized pony in Valiente's string. Cambiaso bought her two years ago from Juan Perez. Beresford had never ridden her before. After expressing gratitude to Cambiaso, he said the 8-year-old mare did her job. "She's very strong, very fast," said Beresford, who started and finished Valiente's scoring in regulation play.
Valiente came into the game strong, with Beresford making the first two goals and Cambiaso right behind him with another. Enigma was scoreless in the first chukker but eventually began chipping away at Valiente's dominance. Captain Jerome Wirth, on a breakaway, zoomed past Beresford and pulled Enigma into a 9-5 lead shortly after halftime. After missing on several penalty shots, Cambiaso (who finished the day 40 percent on his penalties), handed the job to Felipe Viana, who took two penalty shots and scored on both. All told, Cambiaso made five goals, compared with eight in his previous game.
On an incredibly difficult open near side back shot at speed, Matias MacDonough tied the game at 11 with three minutes left in regulation play. Carlucho Arellano played above his average, scoring six goals total, compared to his season average of four. He also went from a season average of 70 percent on his penalty shots to 80 percent in Sunday's game. Arellano kept Engima in the game by retying the score at 12 in the final 30 seconds of play. During the OT break a smiling, relaxed-looking Arellano walked over to his grooms and had a discussion about the horse he would ride in the OT chukker. Cambiaso came through with the winning goal, bringing Valiente's tournament standing to 2-0.
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