The North Texas polo team won their first Victory Cup against Texas Christian Saturday afternoon by a final score of 5-2 at Prestonwood Polo Club.
The team, made up of only three players, consists of Turner Wheaton, Vaughn Miller Jr. and Andrew Scott.
During the first chukker — which is similar to a quarter of play in football or basketball — Miller Jr. scored the opening goal for North Texas. The polo match consisted of four chukkers, all played for seven minutes each.
All three players scored for North Texas, demonstrating a versatility amongst the group that is not always there in polo. Miller Jr. said the team is starting to play very well together.
“We’re a brand new team, and we all have pedigrees of winning in the past,” Miller Jr. said. “We have three guys that are coming together, and we feel like we’re going to have a really good team.”
North Texas led the first three chukkers with five goals and didn’t allow one goal to Texas Christian. During the final chukker, Texas Christian responded with two goals of their own, but it was not enough to come back against North Texas.
Miller Jr. competed in the National Youth Tournament Series in September and helped bring home a national championship while representing Texas in the tournament for 19-and-under players. His father said this tournament is the best of the best, and there are dozens of unbelievable players that compete at this tournament. Miller Jr. not only helped bring a national title to Texas, but he also won MVP of the entire tournament.
“[Miller Jr.] played great in that tournament,” Miller Sr. said. “He scored 10 goals in that tournament and was named MVP. That means he was the best of the best. You saw what he did to us today out there during the opening chukkers. He’s a great player.”
The polo team will travel to the University of Virginia this coming Friday to take on the No. 1 collegiate polo team in the nation.
“When we play Virginia, it will be a test to show us how good we really are,” Miller Jr. said.
Featured Image: Freshman Vaughn Miller Jr. (center) was the top scorer at the exhibition match with two out of five points. Jordan Collard