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Isla Carroll Rallies To Defeat San Saba In Overtime In Ylvisaker Cup Opener At International Polo Club Palm Beach

WELLINGTON, Florida – Eight-goaler Pancho Bensadon scored on a breakaway 17 seconds into overtime, capping an amazing comeback, to lift Isla Carroll over San Saba 12-11 in the opening game of the 22-game Ylvisaker Cup Friday at International Polo Club Palm Beach.

Isla Carroll scored five goals in the final 4:14, tying the game with four seconds remaining on Bensadon’s tap-in from in front of the goal in traffic.

San Saba took an 11-6 lead on Hector Galindo’s goal with 6:20 left in the final chukker.

Isla Carroll began the comeback when Tomas Del Rio scored on a breakaway with 4:14 left. Bensadon then scored three goals within a two-minute span -- a back shot and two penalty conversions – to bring Isla Carroll within one, 11-10, with 1:37 left.

San Saba could not clear the ball as Isla Carroll dominated the final 90 seconds to get the tying goal.

Bensadon finished with seven goals while Sugar Erskine and patron John Carroll scored two goals apiece. Agustin Merlos led San Saba with nine goals.

The Ylvisaker Cup in named in honor of William T. “Bill” Ylvisaker, a polo pioneer who founded Palm Beach Polo and Country Club in the late 1970s and was elected into the Polo Hall of Fame in 1996. Ylvisaker has won numerous major polo tournaments, including the prestigious U.S. Open in 1972.

The polo matches are open to the public. Tickets for the Sunday games at the International Polo Club Palm Beach are available at the gate, beginning at $10 each. For information, call (561) 204-5687.

International Polo Club Palm Beach is located at 3667 120th Avenue South in Wellington. From I-95, take the Forest Hill Boulevard exit and go west approximately 12 miles. Turn left onto South Shore Boulevard and go two miles. Turn left onto Pierson Road, travel about one mile and then make a right onto 120th Avenue South. The club is on the right. From Florida’s Turnpike, take Exit 93 (Lake Worth Road) and go west about six miles. Make a right onto 120th Avenue South. The club is on the left.


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