TERASSA, Spain - July 31, 2018 - Day 4 of the EXIN Masters World Cup featured several USA squads in action. The men's teams won one, tied one and lost one, as the O-40 side advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time in event history. The women's teams won two and lost one as the O-40 and O-50 sides are slotted for crossovers today.
O-40 Men's 1 vs. South Africa 0
The U.S. O-40 Men’s Masters Team defeated South Africa 1-0 in a tough fought battle. The win puts the O-40 squad through to the quarterfinals for the first time in Masters World Cup history. TJ Bamrah (Santa Clara, Calif.) scored his fourth penalty corner goal of the tournament to give the USA the lead before the half. Behind the stalwart goalkeeping of Garfield Stewart (Bayshore, N.Y.), as well as a stick save from Alan Scally (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) late in the third quarter, USA was able to calmly hold off steady pressure from a persistent South Africa to secure the victory and a spot in the quarterfinals.
USA will have two days off before playoffs begin.
O-50 Men's 0 vs. The Netherlands 5
O-55 Men's 1 vs. Scotland 1The U.S. O-55 Men's Masters Team pressed Scotland from the start of the game, earning their first goal on a penalty stroke attempt by Manzar Iqbal (Chicago, Ill.), which was awarded after Jeremy Roberts (Beltsville, Md.) was upended by Scotland's goalkeeper on a breakaway attempt in the 7th minute. The game was evenly fought in the first half, ending 1-0 in favor of USA at the break. Shortly into the second half Scotland scored the equalizer when they pressed into the USA circle and got a deflection into the top corner of the net outside goalkeeper Warren Prestwich's (Towson, Md.) reach.
The game was hard fought until the final whistle ending 1-1. The U.S. O-55 Men's Masters Team is still in contention for the quarterfinals. Their final match against South Africa onTuesday, July 31 will determine the final group positions.
O-40 Women's 3 vs. Wales 2
The U.S O-40 Women's Masters Team won a crucial game by defeating Wales 3-2 to advance to the medal round. In the first quarter, the USA’s Marije Toth (Erie, Colo.) scored the first goal on a corner to put USA on top 1-0. In the second quarter, USA midfielder Geo Serenelli (Pinecrest, Fla.) scored on an amazing shot against a tough Wales goalkeeper.
Wales came out of halftime fired up and scored a goal in the third quarter to make the score 2-1. USA then bounced back on a goal by forward Lauren Baugher (Waltham, Mass.) to regain a two-goal lead.
In the fourth quarter, Wales scored their last goal to make it 3-2 USA. The red, white and blue's defense was tenacious as Wales attempted to tie the game. It was led by Megan Callahan (Baltimore, Md.), Mel Emery (Big Sky, Mont.), Tamika Smith (Elkridge, Md.) and goalkeeper Kelly MacKinnon (Glen Cove, N.Y.). Wales had its last opportunity to score as a penalty corner was called with one second on the clock. USA's defense remained composed and helped seal the victory as they move into the medal round.
O-45 Women's 2 vs. Wales 1
The U.S. O-45 Women’s Masters Team came up with their first win of the tournament today against the Welsh. USA dominated the first half with four offensive penalty corners and a goal by midfielder Kim Bush (Raleigh, N.C.).
Early in the third quarter Margaret Kelly (Needham, Mass.) snuck one past Wales' goalkeeper giving USA a 2-0 lead. Late in the third quarter the Welsh converted a penalty corner for a goal with a beautiful pass across the cage, scoring off a tip from the high post. Overall it was a great game for the O-45 women that saw them really come together as a team and get their offensive momentum going.
O-50 Women's 1 vs. Ireland 2
The U.S. O-50 Women's Masters Team lost a hard fought match against Ireland, 1-2. Sophie Etienne (Belmont, Mass.) opened the scoring in the first period taking the ball off the pads of Ireland's goalkeeper and putting it past her for the 1-0 lead. The match remained tied until late in the third period when Ireland scored on a direct shot off a penalty corner. The game remained tied until the remaining 90 seconds when Ireland scored the go-ahead goal. USA claimed the third overall spot in the pool and will advance to the winners bracket in the crossover game tomorrow evening.
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