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Tal Karp

(1981 - )

Tal Karp was born on December 30, 1981, in Perth, Australia.

Karp began playing on boys' soccer teams at an early age when her brother's team did not have enough players. She played in top boys' leagues until the age of 17. Karp joined the Australian National team in 2002 and since then has played in 23 games, with 20 starts, and 2 goals (both in 2003). She played in the 2003 World Cup and started all three games as Australia finished in 13th place.

A midfielder, Karp was on the Australian women's soccer team at the 2004 Athens Olympics, which reached the quarterfinals but remained an unused substitute throughout the competition. Karp was on the bench in Australia's first-round game against Brazil in Group G. Brazil won 1:0 from Marta's 36th-minute goal. Tal did not play in Australia's second match in Group G against the Greek hosts. Australia won 1-0 thanks to Heather Garriock's 27th-minute strike. On August 17th, the Aussies played the favored American team and found themselves a goal down at halftime. However, an 82nd-minute Joanne Peters equalizer helped Australia to a surprising 1-1 draw. Australia lost 2-1 to Sweden in the quarterfinals and was eliminated from the competition.

Source: Jews in Sports.