Ashkelon, Tel Aviv look for first win

Two winless teams will faceoff on Monday night when Ashkelon LC (0-2) hosts Tel Aviv LC (0-2) at New Municipal Stadium. The game starts at 7:30 PM.

Both teams have struggled to find their scoring touch, with Ashkelon finding the back of the net just 13 times in a pair of losses last week, and Tel Aviv scoring just 11 goals.

Look for a highly-intense battle as both teams wish to avoid being in the basement and hope to turn their seasons around before the midway point.

Fans are encouraged to come early (6:30pm) to watch Ashkelon and Tel Aviv’s U-15 Academy teams faceoff.

Players to Watch

Tel Aviv LC

Matthew Flapan, Israel Defense Forces – The “Farmer” has been a bright spot for Tel Aviv, leading the team with creative play, and, five goals and two assists.

Noah Knopf, Harvard – Usually a defensive player, Knopf has been filling in on both sides of the field; he’s racked up two goals and an assist in addition to his stellar play on defense.

Jon Rathauser, McGill – Rathauser has been dominating on defense, forcing takeaways and creating transition opportunities for Tel Aviv.

Ashkelon LC

Mitch Goldberg, Richmond – Goldberg is tied for the league lead in scoring with seven goals and two assists.

Seth Mahler, Whittier – The veteran midfielder has been effective on both sides of the field; he’s got three goals and two assists.

Juri Elonen, LTU Finland – Elonen’s been hot and cold; his 15 saves are good for third in the league.


Goldberg and Ashkelon will show their depth on their home field to secure their first win.