CEDAR GROVE, NJ - The Verona Hillbilly girls soccer team is back on the winning path following a 6-0 victory over rival Cedar Grove on Saturday.

    “Who’s going to be upset about a 6-0 win…there were a lot of positives, they were finding feet, there was good communication, there was good movement off the ball,” said Head Coach Kerrin Goosman.

    Verona took control from the onset scoring just two minutes into the game. Freshman Brooke Rienecker connected on the first of two goals for the half, and game. Rienecker headed another in about 14 minutes later for the early insurance goal. 

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    “The first one I just had some space.  I took a touch, ripped a shot and that was pretty much how that one went.  For the second one off of Emma Zalewski’s cross it was a header to the near post,” said Rienecker. 

    Rienecker has been red hot of late for the Hillbillies. The midfielder has scored five goals in her last three games for the squad. 

    “I just shoot really far outside the box.  I take my shots when the opportunities come I just take the shots and go for it because you never know what’s going to come,” said Rienecker. 

    Rienecker wasn’t the only Hillbilly to have a monster game as Emma Zalewski also joined in on the scoring. Zalewski had goals in each of the halves along with an assist on Rienecker’s second goal to satisfy her internal objectives. 

    “[Zalewski]’s been hungry for it.  We’ve been thinking about moving her to the outside to give her more of an opportunity, but she played the center of the field great [today].  She gave herself the opportunity, she was willing to drive, attack the space and go one vs. one which is what we need more of these girls to do,” said Goosman.

    Seniors Gabi Montagna and Maggie Lonsinger capped off the scoring for Verona on the afternoon. The duo will surely be looking to amp up their play with ‘Senior Night’ just around the corner. 

    “I think that all the time and space we had with the ball was beneficial so we were able to take the ball forward at a quicker pace and play to the spaces and we were able to get some crosses on that and finish them,” said Rienecker of the team’s attack.

    For Cedar Grove the lone bright spot in a lopsided 6-0 loss was the play of goaltender Carlene Topoleski. Topoleski collected 15 saves on the afternoon, many of which required extraordinary effort.

    Cedar Grove’s loss breaks a two-game winning streak for the squad. The now 4-2 Panthers will look to get back on the winning track with a game against Payne Tech on Monday.

    Verona’s victory improves the team to 4-3 on the season as they have now won two of their last three contests. The Hillbillies will look to make it two wins in a row as they host East Side High School on Tuesday for the group’s ‘Senior Night’. 

    “They need to work together more, they need to trust each other as teammates and they will see more success,” said Goosman.

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