Men's Masters Teams Conclude World Cup with Victories

June 12, 2014, 8:06 a.m. (ET)

Men's Masters Teams Conclude World Cup with Victories

The USA Men's Masters Over-40 Team closed out the 2014 World Cup with a hard-fought 5-3 victory over Wales, catapulting the Americans to a 9th place finish after winning the final three games of the tournament. For the third consecutive day, 1996 Olympian Ahmed Elmagrabhy (Ledgewood, Ill.) notched a hat trick, giving him nine goals in six games.

The USA went up 1-0 in the 10th minute as Elmagrabhy took a pass up the right side of the pitch and worked himself into the circle where his short-angle shot flew into the net. Fifteen minutes later the Welsh tied the game, also scoring off a rebound of a short corner.

The Americans took the lead two minutes later as Elmagrabhy again found the boards, flicking in a broken corner to put the USA up 2-1. The teams went into the halftime break with that score.

The Stars and Stripes took a 3-1 lead as the USA earned a short corner in the 45th minute off a combination up the middle. 1996 Olympian Ben Maruquin's (Ventura, Calif.) shot was saved but Paul Lewis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) deflected in the rebound for a two-goal lead. One minute later Alvaro Salcedo (Baltimore, Md.) intercepted a ball at midfield and fed Elmagrabhy up top, who converted the lead from Salcedo into a goal and a 4-1 lead.

The Welsh quickly responded with a pair of goals in a minute, scoring first on a stroke in the 53rd minute that came out of a short corner. A takeaway in the defensive third led to another Welsh goal in the next minute, cutting the American lead to one at 4-3.

The USA defense did not break and the Americans were rewarded with a goal in the 66th minute after earning a stroke on a breakaway, generated by crisp passing from Salcedo, Elmagrabhy and Olaf Maack (Hannover, Ger.). Maruquin converted the stroke to give the USA a 5-3 lead that would stand as the final score.

The Americans only allowed three shots from the field all game; Steve Wagner (Philadelphia, Pa.) made a save on two of them to keep the USA in the contest.

The 3-3 record, +6 goal differential, and 17 goals scored are all masters records for the USA.

The Over-50 Men's Team also won today, beating Argentina 1-0 in a shoot out. Don Warner (Henrico, Va.) and John Michalak (Camarillo, Calif.) both converted in the penalty phase, and Warren Prestwich (Baltimore, Md.) made two saves to push the USA to the 2-1 advantage in the shoot out. They play tomorrow, June 13, at 3:00 against the winner of the Spain vs Scotland match.