VERONA, NJ — The Verona boys soccer team’s failed opportunities to score ultimately cost them in a 1-0 double-overtime loss to Livingston on Saturday.
“Honestly, in the flow of the game I thought we were the better team today,” said Verona head coach Jack Weber.
Verona had a number of chances to the tune of five second-half corner kicks. The corners were to no avail, with one even hitting the crossbar before being cleared out into the midfield by an opportunistic Lancer defense.
“We had plenty of chances inside the six yard line and if we don’t convert them it comes back to bite us,” Weber said.
Ultimately, Livingston fought through the defense of the Hillbillies late in the second overtime. Holden Miller’s penalty kick off of a hand-ball was the eventual decisive blow in the game for Livingston.
“[Livingston] is really good, but we have to do a better job finishing,” said Weber.
The Hillbillies will look to correct their offensive struggles, which were seemingly abating coming into the game. Verona outscored their counterparts, 6-0, in the previous two games.
“We need to have guys inside of the 6-yard line that want to finish those,” said Weber.
Verona eventually finished the contest with nine corner kick opportunities, but just a half-dozen shots on goal for the game. A team which consistently possessed the ball ultimately failed to achieve their objective.
“I thought we played well, but we’ve got to be cleaner getting balls out of our box and I thought we had enough chances,” Weber said.
After jumping up to the American Division this year, the Hillbillies are continuing to prove they belong. The Hillbillies’ loss drops the team to 2-3 on the year, ending a two-game win streak in the process,
“It’s disappointing yeah, but we’ll be OK,” Weber said.
Verona will look to get back on the winning track when they take on Technology High School on Oct. 21.