Soccer's Hoffman selected for 19th Maccabiah Games
Feb. 20, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Senior Kara Hoffman was one of 19 women selected to participate on the 2013 USA Soccer Team for the 19th World Maccabiah Games, from July 17-30, in Israel. This is Hoffman's second trip to the Maccabiah Games as she was the youngest player (17) on the U19 U.S. Women's National Team that went 5-0 and won the gold medal in Israel in July of 2009.
The Maccabiah is the world's largest Jewish athletic competition in the tradition and values of Maccabi, emphasizing the centrality of the State of Israel in the life of the Jewish people. The Maccabiah takes place every four years in Israel. The "Jewish Olympics" as they are often called, are Maccabi World Union's largest and most famous enterprise.
Hoffman, who recently completed her eligibility with The University of Texas program, had her best campaign in 2012 as a senior. She earned a career-high 1,103 minutes while playing in a personal-best 19 matches with first 12 starts. Hoffman recorded the initial four shots of Texas career, firing two against TCU (Nov. 2) in the Big 12 Championship semifinals and two versus Dayton (Aug. 17) during the season opener. She tallied a career-best 120 minutes against the Horned Frogs during final contest and registered 80 or more minutes in eight of 19 matches. At the end of the 2012 campaign, Hoffman earned a place on the Academic All-Big 12 First Team.
A native of Houston, Hoffman played three years at Texas after transferring from UTSA.