TERRASSA, Spain - July 28, 2018 - Competition started yesterday at the fourth-edition EXIN Masters World Cup in Terrassa, Spain and Team USA came away with three wins and two draws in both the men's and women's divisions.
O-40 Men's 3 vs. New Zealand 2
O-45 Men's 2 vs. Argentina 2
A strong first match from U.S. O-45 Men's Masters Team against Argentina. The team played a solid attacking game that took Argentina by surprise and led to an Amanmeet Sandhu (Modesto, Calif.) goal from a penalty corner. First quarter ended with a 1-0 USA lead.
Argentina put pressure on USA's defense starting the second quarter by crowding the right wing. An unfortunate rebound from the post led to Argentina's equalizer and the teams went to halftime tied 1-1.
In the third quarter, Argentina came firing out from the start and managed to pull ahead with a penalty corner goal. However, Team USA fought back and exploited an excellent spell in midfield to lead to a great passing play and a goal from Leroy Mayers (Parsippany, N.J.). This was Randy Christie's (Bronx, N.Y.) second assist of the day.
O-50 Men's 1 vs. New Zealand 1
O-55 Men's 4 vs. Spain 3
The U.S. O-50 Men's Masters Team shocked host Spain by beating them 4-3 in a nail biter in front of a nice crowd of locals and USA supporters.
USA's opening goal came in the 5th minute from striker Jeremy Roberts (Beltsville, Md.) who scored after a rebound from the first USA penalty corner slotting the ball to the bottom left corner. The red, white and blue pressed Spain and after a great end-to-end movement, Ian Wagge (Scarborough, Maine) scored a brilliant diving goal on the end of a pinpoint accurate pass from Bob Kosla (Phoenix, Ariz.) in the 12th minute to give USA a 2-0 lead.
The third goal came in the 20th minute when Roberts picked up a sideline pass and attacked the circle shooting on goal and eventually putting the ball out of Spain's goalkeeper’s reach for goal number three.
The fourth goal was again the result of a Roberts run when he was taken down by the Spanish goalkeeper preventing a certain goal. Captain Manzar Iqbal (Chicago, Ill.) calmly stroked the ball low to the goalkeepr's left to make the score 4-0 in the 25th minute.
The USA continued to press Spain who turned up their work rate and grabbed a last minute deflection goal to end the half 4-1 down.
The second half picked up the pace and Spain got a second goal in the 37th minute and added a third five minutes later ending the third quarter 4-3 down.
The last quarter was a hard fought contest during which time Spain pulled their goalkeeper but the game ended 4-3 for the USA. The U.S. O-55 Men's Masters Team will play today against The Netherlands at 1:30 p.m. ET in their second pool game.
O-50 Women's 2 vs. Chile 1
The U.S. O-50 Women's Masters Team started out with a historic win against Chile with a score of 2-1. Chile started off the scoring late in the first quarter. The determined USA team answered Chile's goal with a beautifully orchestrated shot from Sophie Etienne (Belmont, Mass.) in the second quarter. USA pulled ahead with an exciting goal from Carol Gulija (Flemington, N.J.), yet the Chile squad was not done as they attempted to score several more times. Each shot was expertly guarded by the defense led by goalkeeper Maria Keesling (Dowington, Pa.). The team has several returning USA Masters players and is led by captain Denise Zelenak (Wilmington, Del.) and vice-captain Denise Sheehan (Glenmoore, Pa.).
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