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Wolfenzon approaching career goals mark

Forward could break LJCD boys’ soccer scoring record

Zack Wolfenzon has been an integral part of the success of La Jolla Country Day’s boys’ soccer program over the last four years, so it isn’t surprising to hear his thoughts on potentially setting a significant individual record this week.

“I think it would definitely be cool to hold the record, because it’s something that shows I’ve helped the team,” he said. “It’s proof that I’ve helped us win games, and hopefully it can lead us to a CIF championship, which is what I really want.”

That unselfish approach has not only helped the Torreys become a perennial power in the playoffs, but has also put Wolfenzon within striking distance of the school’s all-time scoring record.

The Harvard-bound senior forward entered the week of Dec. 15 with 60 career goals, needing just three to match and four to break the all-time mark set by John Hillman earlier this decade.

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The record could fall this week, as the Torreys are scheduled to play two games in the Francis Parker Cup tournament on Dec. 20. Wolfenzon’s next opportunities would come Dec. 29 and 30 in the Oceanside Nautical Cup tournament.

He likely would have broken the record by now had his team not been playing so well this season. He had scored seven goals in Country Day’s first four games, but because the Torreys had outscored their opponents, 21-5, in those games, coach Jerry Fleischhacker had pulled his starters early in most games.

Wolfenzon potentially could have set the record as early as last season had he not been pressed into duty as a goalie for about 10 games as a sophomore, another example of his selfless approach to the game, Fleischhacker said.

“He’s a stereotypical great finisher,” Fleischhacker said when asked to evaluate Wolfenzon’s best attributes on the soccer field. “He’s technically skilled and could certainly play other positions, but what makes him special is that no matter how much defenses mark him, he will eventually hurt them.”

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As long as Wolfenzon stays healthy, he’ll have an opportunity to far surpass Hillman’s record and set a mark that will be difficult to break. He’s excited about that opportunity, but is more focused on getting the Torreys back to the CIF San Diego Section Division IV finals, where they lost in double overtime last season.

“Losing in the finals was pretty hard to endure; we all remember that day,” Wolfenzon said.

“Once I break the record, if I do, I’ll forget about it.”