Friedman Collects Gold at Maccabiah Games

PHILADELPHIA - Another Penn athlete won a gold medal at the 18th Maccabiah Games, which were held in Israel from July 12-23.

Sarah Friedman, who will be a junior on the Penn women’s soccer team this fall, played for the United States’ Open Women’s Team at the event known as the “Jewish Olympics.” Not only did Friedman lead the U.S. to gold in dominating fashion, she was named the tournament’s MVP.

The U.S. won the gold on July 22, defeating host Israel in the final, 4-0. The Stars and Stripes had advanced to the semifinal round by sweeping through group play -- outscoring its four opponents by a combined 32-0 --then downed Canada 3-0 in the semifinal round.

“My time in Israel was one of my best experiences ever,” said Friedman. “We had a great opportunity to make friends, and interact with other players from the US teams as well as soccer players from other countries in the competition.Our team was helped by the fact that we came to Israel early at the end of June and had a chance to play together and prepare for the Games.”

Friedman has already established herself in two seasons at Penn. Last year, the midfielder had 15 assists, shattering the program’s single-season mark, and also scored four goals to lead the Quakers with 23 points. She was a first-team All-Ivy selection.

Only midway through her career, Friedman has20 assists which is third on the program’s all-time list. She needs six to become Penn’s all-time leader.

The Penn women’s soccer team will be returning to campus for preseason camp in August, and open the season Friday, Sept. 4 against George Mason.