Inter Aliyah Tel Aviv, the only club in the Israeli soccer system made up of immigrants, pulled out a 2-1 victory at home over Hapoel Neve Golan last Friday.
All the scoring occurred during the first half. Fernando Zatz opened the scoring in the 27th minute and then earned a brace in the 38th minute to made the score 2-0.
Neve Golan’s Dor Shahori answered minutes later to cut the lead in half and give Inter Aliyah a scare.
However, Inter Aliyah’s defense remained impenetrable throughout the second half.
The win gave Inter Aliyah seven points with a game in hand, so the immigrant team has a chance of leapfrogging into the top five with a victory this week.
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The men’s national team saw some of its first major action in its training calendar ahead of the 2020 European Championships in Poland. The weekend also marked the debut of head coach Max Silberlicht, who formally took the reigns of the Israel men in January.
The team produced offensively but struggled against its opponents. The squad opened with a narrow 17-16 loss against Brown University, then ended up on the wrong end of a 17-12 result against Boston University before falling 11-10 to Harvard.
The women’s national team enjoyed more success. Israel defeated Siena 10-6 and then drew 8-8 with Bryant. The squad ended with a 7-4 loss against Boston University.
IDC Herzliya’s men’s squad also topped Stonehill 13-7.