Men's Over-40 Masters Squad Fights to the Finish against South Africa

June 05, 2014, 5:05 p.m. (ET)

Men’s Over 40 Masters Squad Fights to the Finish against South Africa

Paced by 12 saves from 1996 Olympian Steve Wagner (Philadelphia, Pa.) and a solid defensive back line, the USA Men's Over-40 Masters team stood toe-to-toe against South Africa in the opening game of the 2014 FIH Masters World Cup in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The Americans held the South Africans off of the board for the final 45 minutes of the game and pulled within one in the final seconds, but time ran out and South Africa took the three points with a 2-1 victory. 

After South Africa got on the board with a goal off a penalty corner in the 14th minute, they doubled their advantage ten minutes later on a strike to take a two-goal lead. From there, the American defense clamped down and kept the opponents off of the board for the remainder of the contest. USA defender Amanmeedt Sandu (Corona, Calif.) notched a defensive save and played crucial minutes in stopping the South African attack.

With time winding down, Team USA's Alvaro Salcedo (Baltimore, Md.) chased down a ball on the sideline in the deep right corner and slotted a brilliant cross into the circle where teammate Binh Hoang (Westlake Village, Calif.) tipped the ball to the roof of the cage for the American tally. 

The Over-40 men continue action tomorrow with a match against Australia at 5:00 am EST, while the Over-50 women begin World Cup play against Ireland at the same time. The Over-40 Women, taking on South Africa, and the Over-50 Men, going against England, will round out Team USA play at 9:00 am EST tomorrow.

Enjoy Hoang's goal highlight below.