TEL AVIV, Israel – Former University of New Hampshire men's soccer player Scott Rowling ('09) led the United States to its first men's soccer gold medal at the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel with the game-winning penalty kick to beat Argentina, the defending champions, 4-3. Prior to the 2013 games, the U.S. had played to silver medals in 1981 and 2005.
Also a member of the 2009 team, Rowling captained the 2013 squad in his second Maccabiah Games as a member of Team USA. Despite playing a man down for the remaining 60 minutes of play, the U.S. remained resilient in denying the Argentinean attack, keeping it a 2-2 draw heading into the penalty kick round.
Both teams missed in the first round, but both converted their attempts in the second round. The U.S. took advantage in the third round after Argentina missed. With both teams scoring in the fourth and Argentina tying with a successful attempt in the fifth round, it was down to Rowling. The captain buried his shot in the back of the net to secure the gold medal. Prior to the 2013 games, the U.S. had played to silver medals in 1981 and 2005.