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December 17, 1993 - Image 39

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-12-17

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The highlights are
piling up.

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Eli Tiomkin

star

of Raanana,

STEVE STEIN

SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH NEWS

Israel, has lit up Oakland University soccer field.

Tiomkin has been lighting
up the scoreboard.

He also hits the
books.

eed to improve your He-
brew? Eli Tiomkin would
like to help you. After all,
it's his native language.
While he's at it,
Tiomkin also can work
with you on your soccer
skills.
This fall, for the sec-
ond consecutive season,
Tiomkin was the leading
scorer on the powerful
Oakland University soccer
team. The junior forward from
Raanana, Israel, also was once

again one of the top scorers in
NCAA Division
Tiomkin, 24, certainly has
proven to Oakland fans that he
knows his way around a soccer
field. Adjusting to living in the
United States hasn't been as
easy, but Tiomkin is doing his
best.
Last spring, Tiomkin coached
under-10 and under-12 girls
teams in the Rochester Youth
Soccer League, enjoying suc-
cessful seasons with both
squads. He'd always wanted to
coach, and that gave him
a good taste of it.
In the classroom,
Tiomkin owns a solid 3.13
grade-point average. He's
majoring in marketing
and international busi-
ness, and if he doesn't
return to Israel to play
soccer once he graduates
from Oakland, he wants
to look for a job here.
Communicating in
English isn't a problem,
Tiomkin says, because he
began studying the lan-
guage in fourth grade, a

requirement in Israel.
"Eli (pronounced Ell-ee) is
well-spoken and articulate, and
he's been that way since he got
here," said Oakland sports in-
formation director Andy Glantz-
man.
"He's been very easy to work
with, especially considering the
demands he's faced. He's gotten
a lot of attention both from the
media and on campus because
of what he's done for the soccer
team and he's handled it well."
While Tiomkin is in the spot-
light now, it wasn't that way
when the 6-foot-1, 154-pounder
first arrived at Oakland's cam-
pus in Rochester.
A few weeks before leaving
home, Tiomkin met David
Ankori, another Israeli who was
coming to Oakland to play soc-
cer. Ankori was the only person
Tiomkin knew when he came
here.
"Because I was on a team,
that helped my adjustment,"
Tiomkin said. "You spend a lot
of time with your teammates
practicing, playing games, be-
ing on the road ... ."

Following his graduation
from Ostrovesky High School
in Raanana, Tiomkin served his
mandatory three years in the
military and played two years
of Division I soccer with the
Kfar Saba team in Israel (win-
ning the prestigious Israeli Cup
the first season). He then di-
cided to come to the United
States to play soccer and go to
school.
He chose Oakland because of
its business curriculum and its
soccer success. Little did
Tiomkin know that he soon
would become a major part of
the university's storied soccer
history.
Tiomkin has 118 career
points at Oakland, putting him
in third place on the all-time list
behind Ken Whiteside (154)
and Morris Lupenec (152). He's
only the fourth Oakland player
to reach the 100-point mark
since the team was formed in
1973.
Tiomkin's 18 goals and nine
assists for 45 points in 20 games

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