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Published on August 3rd, 2016 | by Staples Soccer


Israel Wins Watermelon Cup — With Golden Goal

Joe Pravder’s strike in golden goal gave Israel a 2-1 victory over Italy in tonight’s 7-v-7 Watermelon Cup final, at Long Lots lower field.

The Israelis had equalized on a shot by Jack Zeldes. Andrew Puchala’s blast had given the Italians an early lead. Tom Messenger — a rising sophomore whose normal position is defender — was outstanding in goal for the losers.

Golden goal saw both squads playing 5-v-5. Watermelon Cup rules dictate that during golden goal time, each team takes 1 man off the field every 2 minutes.

In semifinal action, Israel downed Denmark 5-3, while Italy took Kazakhstan 4-1.

Congratulations to the winning Israelis: Matt Bateman, Brad Cox, Spencer Daniels, Kenji Goto, Chris O’Dell, Joe Pravder and Yanni Tsilfides. Missing were Nate Argosh, Austin Krouse and Daniel Perez Elorza.


Members of the winning Israel team (from left): Spencer Daniels, Joe Pravder, Brad Cox, Yanni Tsilfides, Chris O’Dell, Kenji Goto, Jack Zeldes, Matt Bateman, Josh Berman.


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