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Rachel Bergman in goal
achel Bergman won a gold
medal last summer playing for
the U.S. women's soccer team
in the 13th European Maccabi Games in
This summer is just
The recent Detroit
Country Day School
graduate has begun
what she hopes will
be a successful career
as a goalie with
soccer team in
"I'd love to play this season, of course,
but there are three other goalies on the
team, and two have played at the colle-
giate level," she said.
Bergman is the only freshman on
Northwestern's goalie crew. Returning
starter Anna Cassell is a sophomore.
But there's a new coach at
Northwestern, and that could benefit
Bergman. Michael Moynihan, who
turned the University of Wisconsin-
Milwaukee program into a powerhouse
during his 15 years as coach there, was
hired in December.
And the Northwestern Wildcats
didn't exactly set the women's soccer
world on fire last season. They finished
2-16-1 overall and 1-9-1 in the Big Ten
Conference, in last place.
Northwestern will play three straight
games on the road — Aug. 19 vs.
Kansas, Aug. 24 vs. Miami (Ohio) and
Aug. 26 vs. Dayton — before its home
opener Aug. 31 vs. Marquette. The
Wildcats' Big Ten opener is home Sept.
14 vs. Nebraska.
Some Northwestern games are tele-
vised on the Big Ten Network. This
season's broadcast schedule hasn't been
Bergman was considered one of the
top high school goalies in the state when
she played at Country Day. She started
for the Yellowjackets for three seasons
after transferring from Bloomfield Hills
After advancing to the state semifi-
nals in 2011, Country Day was stunned
1-0 this season by Pontiac Notre Dame
Prep in the district finals.
"That was a tough loss, but it would
have been worse if I didn't have college
to look forward to," Bergman said.
Bergman played club soccer with the
Michigan Hawks and Vardar, helping
the Hawks win a state championship in
2009. She also participated in state and
region Olympic development programs.
The West Bloomfield resident chose
Northwestern not just for the opportu-
nity to play soccer at a Division I level.
She also found it a good fit academically.
Her career goal is to become a surgeon.
Country Day's tough academic stan-
dards were no match for Bergman, who
graduated magna cum laude with a 3.85
grade point average.
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Down The Stretch
Temple Shir Shalom was 11-0 and in
first place atop the Inter-Congregational
Men's Club Summer Softball League
standings with one week remaining in
the regular season. Congregation Beth
Ahm was in second place at 8-3.
Playoffs are scheduled for Aug. 12 and
Aug. 19, with an Aug. 26 rain date.
Good luck to Detroit athletes and coach-
es who are participating this month in
JCC Maccabi Games in Houston, Texas,
and Rockland County, N.Y.
U16 baseball, U16 basketball and vol-
leyball teams are competing this week
in Houston along with bowlers and table
U14 baseball, U14 basketball, inline
hockey, U16 boys soccer and girls soc-
cer teams will compete next week in
Rockland County along with dancers,
golfers and tennis players.
Look for coverage and photos from
the Maccabi Games in the Aug. 30 and
Sept. 6 issues of the Jewish News.
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