The JCHS girls soccer team after winning the North Coast Section championship. (Photo/Sean Moler)
The JCHS girls soccer team after winning the North Coast Section championship. (Photo/Sean Moler)

JCHS girls soccer makes history with first-ever conference title

The howl of the Wolves has resounded around the Bay.

The varsity girls soccer team at Jewish Community High School of the Bay wrapped a historic regular season, finishing with an 8-1-2 record and clinching the regular season Bay County League title. Although the JCHS Wolves suffered a heartbreaking loss in the league’s championship on April 29, they went on to win the top title in a separate North Coast sectionals tournament on May 17.

JCHS, which started its girls soccer program in 2006, had never before finished the season with a winning record.

“After two seasons taken from them due to Covid, this group was so hungry, and ready, to meet the challenges of this year,” said Sean Moler, director of athletics at JCHS. “Our girls soccer program has never had a winning season until now, so to see these players find belief in themselves, and each other, has been really inspiring to watch.”

After the success of the regular season, which went from February to April, JCHS entered the Bay County League playoffs as the top seed. Four of the six schools in the BCL are parochial Christian schools. JCHS is the league’s sole Jewish school, located in the city’s Western Addition with 185 students.

Lily Tuvi (right), a JCHS forward in 9th grade. (Photo/Tri Nguyen)
Lily Tuvi (right), a JCHS forward in 9th grade. (Photo/Tri Nguyen)

On April 27, competing in the BCL semifinal playoff against Walnut Creek’s Contra Costa Christian Schools, the JCHS Wolves won a 2-1 overtime thriller in penalty kicks.

The game was a defensive battle, with the score knotted 0-0 after regulation and two overtimes. The semifinal match would be determined by penalty kicks: Wolves goalie Brianna Sky stopped four of five penalty kicks by Contra Costa Christian, and JCHS players Lily Tuvi and Eleeza Joselewitz both dexterously found the back of the net to push the team over the finish line, 2-1, in penalty kicks.

Playing two days later on April 29 in the tournament championship against California Crosspoint Academy, the Wolves lost a hard-fought 3-1 matchup, with the winds and the unfamiliar terrain at Chabot College in Hayward contributing to the tough loss, according to Moler.

“One thing about this team is they hold themselves to a pretty high standard, and I think they expected to win, so getting beat 3-1 wasn’t something they anticipated,” Moler said.

This season’s 18-member team was led by senior Julia Kos, who had eight goals and four assists. Joselewitz, a junior, had six goals and five assists. She is currently looking at Division III college soccer opportunities. The team includes students from 9th through 12th grades.

One member of the JCHS girls soccer team, Eleeza Joselewitz, is looking at Division III soccer opportunities for college.(Photo/Tri Nguyen)
One member of the JCHS girls soccer team, Eleeza Joselewitz, is looking at Division III soccer opportunities for college.
(Photo/Tri Nguyen)

“We have eight seniors on this team, and it’s the most positive group of senior leaders we’ve ever had,” Moler said. “Their energy and enthusiasm has been infectious, and the rest of the team has followed their lead.”

Anna Dreher, a senior who plays left fullback and center back, is considering being a walk-on player at Lewis and Clark College in Portland in the fall. For now, though, she is taking pride in all her tight-knit squad achieved this season.

“It feels really awesome,” she said. “I don’t think any of us expected us to do so well, and it’s been a lot of fun to have success as we improve as a team.”

In addition to competing in the BCL, the Wolves also are members of the California Interscholastic Federation’s North Coast Section along with other regional schools. After their late April loss in the BCL tournament, the Wolves competed in the North Coast Section championship series. Several of the teams are in both leagues, which meant a couple of rematches. A 4-0 victory by the Wolves on May 3 against Contra Costa Christian meant another opportunity to take on California Crosspoint on May 5. This time, the Wolves defeated California Crosspoint 2-1.

That brought the JCHS team to the sectional championship on May 17, when they played against the top-ranked Cristo Rey De La Salle. They won 2-2 — yet another thriller in penalty kicks — at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco.

Ryan Torok

Ryan Torok is an L.A.-based freelance reporter and former Jewish Journal staff writer.