Maccabi Men’s Team Wins Two Outdoor Titles
What do members of the 2013 Maccabiah Men’s Open Soccer Bronze medal winning team do in between Maccabiah games?
Eleven alumni Maccabiah Soccer players, residing in Toronto, form the nucleus of the Toronto Maccabi Men’s Soccer team that competes in the 100 team Toronto Services Soccer League (TSSL).
Competing in the top division of the TSSL, the team had a slow start to the 2014 season with a loss and a tie in their first two games. After the first two games the team, under the coaching of Jason Mausberg and Gil Vainshtein, found their groove and went on to win 10 league games and tied two games, capturing the coveted Premier League title on the last day of the season. In 14 league games the team conceded an unbelievable league low of 6 goals.
In the divisional cup, the Maccabi team won another five games conceding only 2 goals en-route to their second title of the season.
The team had their sights on claiming the overall 100 team cup competition. Maccabi had a close call and needed a late goal to get through their first round match up but then pushed forward winning their next 4 games to reach the finals.
The team completely dominated the finals having possession of the ball 75% of the game and out chanced the opposition 10-1 with the opportunity to take the lead when awarded a penalty kick. Despite the one sidedness of the final game, the opposition scored on their one chance and Maccabi lost their first game in 5 months, 1-0, and finished as runner up in the tournament. No team has won all three titles in the last 15 years of the league’s existence.
Maccabi ended the season with 2 cups and a runner up trophy finishing with 20 wins, 3 ties, and 2 losses and only allowing 11 goals against.
Strategy wise, the team employed a very similar tactic that was used by Coach Alan Koch in the 2013 Maccabiah games. Coach Koch guided the team to focus less on possession and more on getting the ball up field very quickly and then pressing the opposition deep in their end. As Coach Mausberg said, “if the ball is in the other teams end it is impossible for them to score”.
While this group of 11 former Maccabiah players were competing at their best other Maccabiah players were also enjoying tremendous success including Killian Elkinson who was awarded the Ontario University Eastern Division MVP as well as being named to the 1st team All Canadian University All Star team along side Ezequeil Lubocki. Alon Badat and Ilya Orlov’s Vaughan Men’s team finished runners up in the Canadian Amateur Championship competition.
After a successful 2013 Maccabiah in Israel, members of that team have enjoyed success here in Canada in 2014.
Click on Men’s Squad for more information about the Maccabi Men’s Soccer team.