TERASSA, Spain - July 30, 2018 - The third day of the EXIN Masters World Cup in Terassa, Spain featured seven of USA's nine teams compete.
O-40 Men's 6 vs. Denmark 1
O-45 Men's 2 vs. Wales 2
O-35 Women's 0 vs. Australia 1
The U.S. O-35 Women's Masters Team lost their second match of the tournament 0-1 as they played another tough opponent, Australia. Both teams had attacking opportunities in each half of play, but it was Australia who struck first by converting on a penalty corner in the first quarter of the match. Although the result was not what USA was hoping for, the squad continues to move forward while focusing on the improvements made from match to match. After a rest day on Monday, July 30, USA will look to pick up their first win in their third match against Sri Lanka.
O-40 Women's 1 vs. Argentina 5
The U.S. O-40 Women's Masters Team dropped a tough match to a very experienced Argentina squad. Argentina managed to score two goals in the opening quarter, one on a breakaway and the other on a penalty corner opportunity. USA rallied just before the conclusion of the first half on a broken corner with a strike by forward Lauren Baugher (Waltham, Mass.) to score the first goal against the Argentina in the tournament. Despite a strong effort and possession game by USA, Argentina converted two more penalty corners in the third frame to take a 4-1 lead into the final period. Despite earning two penalty corners of their own in the final quarter, USA was unable to convert while the Argentinia managed to notch one more for a final score of 5-1.
O-45 Women's 0 vs. Spain 1
In a competitive game against Spain, the U.S. O-45 Women's Masters Team fell 0-1 in the final moments. Anna Berra (Doral, Fla.) dominated the backfield holding Spain to just a handful on shots, while goalkeepers Maya Harutyunyan (Glendale, Calif.) and Jen Anderson (Owings Mills, Md.) shut down Spain's other chances in the first and second half, respectively. With 1:30 remaining in the fourth quarter and a man down due to a yellow card, a hard shot from the top was tipped around Anderson for the deciding goal.
O-50 Women's 0 vs. Argentina 1
The U.S. O-50 Women's Master Team also came up just short against Argentina. The squad worked well to counter Argentina’s tight passing and stick work by switching the field and stretching the defense. Early in the first period, Argentina scored on a short penalty corner. The remainder of the match was evenly played, with USA earning three short corners of their own, but were unable to capitalize.
O-55 Women's 1 vs. Scotland 2
Barbara Doran (New York, N.Y.) was able to put the U.S. O-55 Women's Masters Team on the board late in the first period. On a penalty corner attempt, Doran eliminated the fly with a quick pull left and shot which was saved, but was able to put the rebound into the goal for the 1-0 lead. The third period proved to be the downfall for USA. Donna Chung (Canton, Mass.) was unbelievable in handling multiple breakaway chances caused by interceptions on transfers in the back. But another Scotland scramble in front of the goal and a well-placed lifted shot crossed the goal line, making the score 1-1. Another chaotic scramble in the circle was almost cleared out by USA on two separate plays, but in the end Scotland was able to caused a penalty stroke when it hit a USA defender’s body. Scotland scored making it 2-1 at the end of the third period. USA tried to rally during the fourth period, but the final remained 2-1 Scotland.
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