By Jeremy Balan
ATHERTON — After its first loss of the season, Jewish Community High School of the Bay’s boys soccer team asserted itself against rival Kehillah on Sunday at Menlo College, and it did so with force.
The Wolves peppered the Rams with 20 shots on goal and scored eight unanswered goals in a runaway 8-1 win.
“Certainly when we score goals, it’s important, because last year we didn’t score very many goals at all,” said Jewish Community head coach Aaron Pollock. “It feels good to get a win like this any time.”
Kehillah (0-4) struck first, with a goal from forward Daniel Finnie in the fifth minute, but just six minutes later, the Wolves (4-1-1) scored three goals in nine minutes to quickly erase the deficit and take over the lead.
The three goals came from forwards Michael Kostukovsky, Max Malakoff and midfielder Elijah Jatovsky, and the trio all went on to tally multiple goals in the game, led by Jatovsky, who paced the Wolves with a game-high three. Sophomore Maorr Zadok also added a goal and capped the Wolves’ scoring in the 71st minute.
“We use our wings to spread the field and open things up in the middle,” Pollock said. “We had a couple of nice through balls and some give-and-gos up the gut that were great.”
While the Jewish Community offense was impressive, the Wolves’ back line was also on task after the early breakdown that led to the first goal.
The Wolves’ defense limited Kehillah to just two shots on target after the goal and locked down Finnie, arguably the best player on the field, on multiple scoring opportunities.
“He’s definitely one of the better players out there,” Pollock said of Finnie. “We have great big, physical defenders and guys like him are going to get their chances, but we have a couple of really good shut-down defenders.”
After starting the season with three wins, Jewish Community faced setbacks with a tie to Summit Prep and a lopsided loss to Private School Athletic League power Latino College Prep, but got back in the win column with an exclamation point against the Rams.
Still, Pollock see’s plenty to improve on.
“We still had some problems,” Pollock said. “We held the ball in the midfield a little too long, and when we play against teams that are a little bit faster and more talented, we’re going to get eaten up. We did not play great soccer, but we finished really well.”