Parks, Kugler earn gold at World Maccabiah Games – DailyNorthShore
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Emma Parks of Winnetka and David Kugler of Glencoe came home with the gold.
Kugler, a midfielder, picked up his gold medal as a member of USA’s U16 boys soccer team.
Parks and her teammates lived up their billing. They went into the competition as the favorites. The team, which didn’t allow a goal in round robin or medal play, defeated Israel 2-0 in the championship.
Meanwhile, Kugler and Company shocked a talented international field. The team, which lost 4-0 to Israel in its opener, battled back in fine fashion, winning six straight games. The USA capped things off with a thrilling 3-2 double overtime win over Brazil in the final.
It was breakthrough performance for the USA. Prior to this summer, a US U16 boys soccer team had never earned a medal at the World Maccabia Games.
Kugler, who plays for Sockers FC Chicago, will be a junior at New Trier this fall.
Parks, a member of the Wilmette Wings U16 Premier team, played on NT’s freshman A squad last spring.