Ball State assistant soccer coach Marcie Klebanow guided the United States Junior Girls’ Jewish National Team to the gold medal at the Maccabiah Games in Israel.
Klebanow’s U.S. team went undefeated for the tournament, winning all six of its preliminary games and then posting a 1-0 victory over Israel in the gold medal game on Sunday.
The team did not allow a single goal in the tournament, out-scoring the opposition by a combined count of 24-0 over its seven contests.
The Maccabiah Games are played every four years, bringing Jewish athletes from across the world together to compete in a wide array of sports. This year marked the 19th time the games have been contested.
“It has been a thrill for me to be a part of the 19th World Maccabiah Games,” Klebanow said. “Coaching such a high-level group of talented players was rewarding, and to win the gold medal in such a convincing manner made it even more special. Representing the U.S.A. in an international competition was remarkable. We connected quickly and efficiently to achieve our goal.”
Klebanow’s U.S. team competed in the junior girls’ division against teams from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Israel, South Africa and Sweden.
Klebanow, native of Cleveland, Ohio, is entering her second season as a member of the Ball State soccer staff this fall. Originally appointed as an assistant with the U.S. team, she was promoted earlier this year to head coach for the Maccabiah Games.