Men’s Over-40 Masters Squad Earns Victory in First Round of Crossovers

June 10, 2014, 4:44 p.m. (ET)

Men’s Over-40 Masters Squad Earns Victory in First Round of Crossovers

The USA men's over-40 masters team used an offensive barrage in the second half to open up a tight game and earn a 6-2 victory over Ghana as the teams began crossovers in Rotterdam. Paced by five goals from 1996 Olympians Ahmed Elmaghraby (Ledgewood, Ill.) and Ben Maruquin (Ventura, Calif.), the USA scored four in the second half and held Ghana off the board for the final 44 minutes of the game to take the three points.

Ghana opened the scoring with a goal off a breakaway in the second minute, but the Americans quickly responded as Elmaghraby scored off a penalty corner rebound to tie the game five minutes later. The USA went up 2-1 as Maruquin scored on a direct corner shot off assists from Paul Lewis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Alvaro Salcedo (Baltimore, Md.) in the 12th minute, but another breakaway goal from the Black Stars four minutes later tied the game, and the teams went into the break 2-2.

The Americans took the lead for good in the 42nd minute as Maruquin again scored on a corner, with Lewis and Salcedo providing the helpers. The USA took a two-goal lead two minutes later as Elmaghraby flicked a short option pass from Maruquin on a corner to the roof of the cage.

A pair of goals four minutes apart sealed the victory for the USA, as Salcedo slotted a ball into the boards in the 55th minute and Elmaghraby completed the hat trick four minutes later as he stuck home a goal off an attack up the right side for a 6-2 lead that would be the final result. 

The American defense held strong and only allowed eight shots on goal. Steve Wagner (Philadelphia, Pa.) made six saves on the day to keep the Americans in the contest.

The USA returns to action tomorrow at 9:00 as they face Italy.